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Prince Andrew ‘needs to disappear from public view’ under King Charles

Royals: Prince Andrew return 'would be really be frowned upon'

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Prince Andrew should not have a chance to make a royal comeback under King Charles III, a recent poll of Express.co.uk readers has found. The Duke of York reunited with members of the Royal Family in recent weeks to pay respect to his mother, the Queen.

The Queen’s second-born son was forced to step back from public life after a BBC Newsnight interview in November 2019, in which he discussed his affiliation with the late Jeffrey Epstein.

Earlier this year, the Queen stripped Andrew of his military titles, royal patronages and HRH status as a result of sexual civil assault claims brought against him.

Andrew paid a multi-million-pound settlement fee earlier this year to his accuser Virginia Giuffre. He has always vehemently denied allegations brought against him and his out-of-court financial settlement is in no way an admission of guilt.

But still, the reputational damage to the Duke has been severe. 

Throughout the furore surrounding him, Andrew kept a close relationship with the Queen, with one friend telling The Telegraph: “Andrew took great comfort in his mother’s support, particularly when he found himself engulfed in scandal over his links with Jeffrey Epstein. He could count on her and relied heavily on her counsel.”

However, Her Majesty’s death may have ruined any remaining hopes of a royal return for Andrew.

In a poll that ran from 2pm on Tuesday, September 20, to 1pm on Wednesday, September 28, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Should Andrew have a chance of royal comeback under King Charles III?”

Overall, 8,053 readers cast their votes with the vast majority, 84 percent (6,727 people) answering “no” Andrew should not be given the chance of a royal comeback.

A further 14 percent (1,123 people) said “yes” he should, while two percent (203 people) said they did not know.

Dozens of readers shared their thoughts on Andrew’s royal future in the comments below the accompanying article.

Many readers argued that Andrew should not return to royal life, with username Peter241 commenting: “Never in a month of Sundays.”

Username bobstaff said: “Andrew should never be part of any royal engagement.”

And username Antmanc said: “He needs to disappear from public view.”

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Following the Queen’s death, royal commentator Camilla Tominey claimed that “there is little hope of a comeback” for Andrew.

She explained: “When his mother was alive there was more tolerance for the royal described by some as her ‘favourite’ son.”

Ms Tominey added: “It is no secret that Andrew is not particularly close to his brother – and having helped to orchestrate his permanent exit from royal life along with the Prince of Wales, it’s always been thought that the Duke has no future in King Charles III’s slimmed-down monarchy.”

However, some readers commented that Andrew could have a role within the Firm which is not public-facing.

Username AReader said: “As far as working for the Crown, that may not be doable, but perhaps someone needs to take on the oversight of some of the Queen’s private business portfolio.”

Another, username observersa said: “Let him go and manage the Queen’s horses.”

Meanwhile, username heatseeker said: “Charles will decide. He is the King.”

Andrew inherited his late mother’s corgis to look after alongside his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.

Royal expert Nigel Cawthorne claimed he is confident Andrew will not return to public life.

He told The Sun Online earlier this week: “I can’t see he’s got much of a role [in the Royals] aside from Lord High Dogwalker – keeper of the royal corgis.”

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