Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the Duke of York was trying to ‘arrange a comeback’ after being hit by scandal but it was ‘getting him nowhere’. He urged Prince Andrew to accept that he has ‘no future public role’ and he could find himself in a new role created by the firm like ‘managing the royal estates’.
It comes after it was reported that Andrew, 62, wants to be back in the royal spotlight after being stripped of his HRH title and military roles by his mother following his involvement in a case civil sexual assault.
But Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “Andrew is in the background, although he’s been trying to organize a comeback and it’s getting him nowhere.
“Indeed, there is still more negative publicity, but public support is close to zero.
“He has to accept that at 62 he has no future in public office. The royal family has to create one for him, like managing the royal estates.
This week’s Garter Day was beset by an internal struggle after the disgraced Duke of York was forced to stay out of sight during the procession after a ‘family decision’ was made to limit his appearance at lunch and at the investiture ceremony.
Prince Charles and his son, the Duke of Cambridge, reportedly lobbied the Queen over Andrew’s attendance at Garter Day, which included a church service, investiture for new members of the order and a luncheon.
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The Duke was kicked out of the working-class monarchy and no longer uses his HRH style after Epstein-trafficked Ms Giuffre accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17.
The Duke denied the allegations and he later reached a multi-million pound settlement in a civil sexual assault case, which was not an admission of guilt.
The Queen showed her support for Andrew – who is said to be her favorite child – when she arrived with him for Prince Philip’s memorial service in March.
He is now calling on his daughter Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie to become working members of the Royal Family, according to the Telegraph.