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Andrew will never be ‘royal he once was’ Charles’ snub, claims expert

Prince Andrew ‘starting to accept’ says commentator

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Prince Andrew will never be the “royal he once was” after King Charles III’s Buckingham Palace snub, an expert has claimed. The Duke of York, 62, joined other members of the Royal Family outside St Mary Magdalene Church for the traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham.

However, his inclusion in the Firm’s festivities does not seem to have assured an expert that he will play a leading role in Charles’ inner circle.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline: “Andrew’s appearance at the St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham today, comes a day after it was reported that he is now not allowed to have an office in Buckingham Palace, retain a small staff or use it as an address.

“He is clearly on his own and may recruit his own team as he battles to be rehabilitated.

“He is still a member of the Royal Family hence his appearance.

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“However, he is not and will never be a senior working royal as he once was, King Charles has made this clear.”

King Charles, 74, ascended to the throne after Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign came to an end following her death in September at the age of 96.

The new monarch appeared to look to freeze his brother out of the Firm, a report in the Sun has claimed.

A source said: “Any presence at the Palace is officially over.

“The King has made it clear. He isn’t a working royal. He’s on his own.”

The report comes after the Duke’s treasured former role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards was gifted to Queen Camilla.

Andrew was stripped of a plethora of titles, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, in January when he was facing a US civil action over sexual assault allegations.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.

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“The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

Andrew later settled the civil lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre and has always denied any wrongdoing.

Express.co.uk has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.

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