Royals: Prince Andrew return 'would be really be frowned upon'
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The late Queen’s third child, Prince Andrew has made several public appearances since his mother’s passing earlier this month. However, despite some speculation as to what this could mean for the future, royal expert Cameron Walker told the Daily Express’ Royal Round-Up that a royal return for the 62-year-old would be “frowned upon” and not be a good look for the British monarchy in the new royal era.
Speaking to host Pandora Forsyth, Mr Walker said: “I don’t think we’ll see a triumphant return to him as a working member of the Royal Family.
“I think that would really be frowned upon.”
This would be given the “settling out of court in that civil sexual assault case against him, which he completely denies.”
Speaking of Andrew’s potential future, he added: “I think he will very much live a private life out of the spotlight.
“Or, at least, that will be the hope of senior courtiers”.
Andrew had a civil sexual assault case filed against him over claims made by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre claimed that the Duke of York had sexually assaulted her on three occasions when she was 17.
Like Cameron Walker mentioned, Prince Andrew has strongly denied the allegations.
Daily Express’ royal correspondent Richard Palmer claimed that “people in the royal circles” had been “really tearing their hair out” as it was suggested that Andrew had been wanting to return to royal life.
He noted that Andrew “underestimates the public’s shock and revulsion” over the claims.
Prince Andrew is finished with public life says royal expert
In 2019, Jeffrey Epstein was charged with one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
He pleaded not guilty and was later found dead in his prison cell. Epstein’s death was later ruled a suicide.
In 2019, Prince Andrew, a friend of the late Epstein, sat down for an interview with Emily Maitlis.
The Duke of York said that he did not regret the friendship he had shared with Epstein but claimed he had “no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever” when asked about Giuffre.
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Following enormous amounts of public criticism, the Duke, with the Queen’s permission, voluntarily stepped back from his royal duties
In February 2022, Prince Andrew had agreed to pay a settlement fee to bring the civil sexual assault case brought by his accuser to a close.
He has since scarcely appeared in public and sparked backlash on the rare occasions he attended royal events, including his father’s memorial service in April.
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