Andrew has faced growing scrutiny for his affiliation with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. After a 2019 Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis where the Duke of York discussed his relationship with Epstein, Andrew returned his patronages and has since stopped representing the Firm on royal engagements. However the Queen has not felt the “need to act” with regards to stripping her son of his military titles, according to a royal expert.
Chris Ship claimed on ITV podcast Royal Rota: “Prince Andrew has stepped down pending the conclusion of these court proceedings, and at the moment, as is British Law, anyone is innocent until proven guilty and therefore nothing has been proven.
“They are just claims and allegations and therefore, the Queen clearly doesn’t feel the need to act or strip him of any of his military titles until such a time that this has reached a conclusion.”
However Charles, who is heir to the throne, snubbed his younger brother well before the Duke of York’s affiliation with Epstein became public.
During the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Andrew and daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were excluded from the family’s Buckingham Palace balcony appearance.
Princess Anne and Prince Edward were also excluded, however a royal expert claimed that Prince Andrew took the snub particularly personally.
Daily Mail Royal Correspondent Richard Kay said in 2016: “For Andrew, being excluded from the balcony – he was also not invited to the livery companies’ celebration lunch for the Queen at Westminster Hall – was, said one of his friends, ‘like a dagger to his heart.
“But this was a dramatic statement of intent by Charles who long ago decided that when he is king the Royal Family would be ‘slimmed down’.
“Andrew was furious, Edward dismayed, while Anne, the hardest working royal […] knew that as the only woman in the Queen’s family, she would always have a role.
A royal source told the Sun in 2016: “Andrew has always wanted his daughters to be full-time royals.
“He sees it as a slight on him and them that they are not.
“But Charles calls the shots and he wants the Royal Family giving value for money.
“[Andrew] believes his daughters are being overshadowed by William, Kate and Harry and it will get worse as Prince George and Prince Charlotte get older.”
Although the Queen, 95, is in good health Charles is naturally preparing for his future and taking on more responsibilities.
However, on Sunday morning, the Prince was dragged into a potential scandal after it was reported that one of Charles’s trusted aides offered a Saudi tycoon help in getting a knighthood.
Michael Fawcett allegedly offered a Saudi businessman help getting a knighthood after a donation to Charles’ charity, The Prince’s Foundation.
A Clarence House statement said: “The Prince of Wales has no knowledge of the alleged offer of honours or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities and fully supports the investigation now underway by The Prince’s Foundation.”
— to www.express.co.uk