Prince Andrew and his ex-wife were seen driving away from Royal Lodge today as the embattled Duke faces a sex abuse trial and prepares to give sworn testimony against claims by Virginia Giuffre.
A close associate of Prince Andrew has claimed he could have his royal patronages restored if he wins the civil case against him while The Queen is alive – but would be ‘less predictable’ if Charles is the monarch.
Speaking to The Times, the source questioned why the Duke of York would be barred from taking part in royal duties if he defeats claims of rape and sexual assault being brought by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.
They added that they believed there was no reason why Andrew could not use his ‘HRH’ styling again and even take back his military titles.
However, any potential return would be a different matter if his brother, the Prince of Wales, had ascended to the throne.
The close associate of the Duke of York claimed that The Queen could allow Andrew to regain some of his patronages if he won his legal battle with Virginia Giuffre. Pictured: Andrew and ex wife Sarah Duchess Of York leave Royal Lodge today
Andrew is currently facing a court battle in New York as a private citizen after being banned from using the styling ‘HRH’.
Judge Lewis Kaplan earlier this month sensationally ruled that the Queen’s second son can be tried over claims he sexually assaulted Ms Giuffre when she was 17 — allegations which Andrew has categorically denied.
Andrew has remained holed up at Windsor as his legal team fought his case in the US and was today seen driving through the estate with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson who also lives at his Royal Lodge home.
‘I think if the Queen is still alive and his name is cleared I would say that at that point what reason would there be for him to be barred from taking part in royal duties?’ they said
However, any potential return would be a different matter if his brother, the Prince of Wales, had ascended to the throne, they suggested
But the anonymous friend, who remains in contact with Andrew, said that media speculation that the duke would never resume royal engagements was ill-informed.
‘I think if the Queen is still alive and his name is cleared I would say that at that point what reason would there be for him to be barred from taking part in royal duties?’ they told the publication.
‘If he’s cleared then the question to ask is why should he not be in a position to take part in royal duties and be HRH again and have his military titles? After all, he has served in the military.’
Asked how it would be different if Charles were king, he said: ‘It’s a different decision-maker and different people influencing him and therefore it’s slightly less predictable.
Andrew is currently facing an embarrassing court battle in New York against Virginia Giuffre (pictured with her legal team) as a private citizen after being banned from using the styling ‘HRH’
The source added he believed Andrew wished to fight the court battle with Ms Giuffre rather than agree a settlement so that his ‘name was cleared’.
Royal commentator and Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward agreed with the idea The Queen would welcome Andrew back, but questioned ‘what on earth is he going to do’.
The comments come amid reports Andrew could lose his round-the-clock police protection as early as next month after he was exiled as a frontline royal.
Andrew, who remains ninth in line to the throne, has so far been allowed to keep his taxpayer-funded police bodyguards at a cost to the public purse of an estimated £2-3million a year.
This has sparked intense public debate, particularly because his nephew, Prince Harry, was stripped of his police protection when he quit as a working royal in 2020 and moved to the United States.
It is understood that the Royal and VIP Executive Committee is now carrying out a review of whether Andrew’s situation is tenable – particularly in light of the Duke of Sussex’s lawyers seeking a judicial review of the Home Office’s decision.
Harry is demanding he and his family are given protection by specially-trained Scotland Yard officers when he returns to the UK, even if he pays for it himself.
‘Although no-one will comment on it publicly, this is an issue that is now actively being discussed by the Met’s Royal and VIP Executive Committee,’ a source told the Mail.
Andrew, who lives in 30-room Royal Lodge on the Queen’s Windsor estate, will always benefit from the round-the-clock protection that comes with living in proximity to a royal residence.
His children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, had their official royal security taken away several years ago following public outrage at their globe-trotting antics, which saw officers regularly follow them on trips abroad.
His ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, who still lives with him, has not officially had any taxpayer-funded security since they divorced in 1996.
All of Prince Andrew’s titles and patronages he has now lost
The Queen has stripped the Duke of York of his honorary military roles and royal patronages, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.
The move is a major blow to Andrew, who is facing a looming civil sexual assault court showdown after a New York judge sensationally ruled that the case could go ahead.
Andrew’s honorary military titles
- Personal Aide-de-Camp to the Queen;
- Colonel of the Grenadier Guards;
- Colonel-in-Chief of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s);
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment);
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Small Arms School Corps;
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot);
- Royal Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland;
- Honorary Air Commodore, Royal Air Force Lossiemouth;
- Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm;
- Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps.
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment);
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada;
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers;
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Canadian Airborne Regiment (disbanded).
Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment.
- Alderney Maritime Trust;
- Army Officers’ Golfing Society;
- Army Rifle Association;
- Attend (National Association of Hospital and Community Friends);
- Berkshire County Cricket Club;
- British-Kazakh Society;
- Commonwealth Golfing Society;
- Fire Service Sports and Athletics Association;
- Fly Navy Heritage Trust;
- Foundation for Liver Research;
- The Friends of Lakefield College School;
- Friends of the Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’s);
- Greenwich Hospital;
- Grenadier Guards;
- H.M.S. Duke of York Association;
- Horris Hill School;
- Hunstanton Golf Club;
- Interfaith Explorers;
- Inverness Golf Club;
- Killyleagh Yacht Club;
- Lakefield College School;
- Lucifer Golfing Society;
- Maimonides Interfaith Foundation;
- Maple Bay Yacht Club;
- Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta;
- Quad-Centenary Club;
- Queen’s York Rangers;
- Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Foundation;
- Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom;
- Royal Aero Club Trust;
- Royal Air Force Golfing Society;
- Royal Air Force Lossiemouth;
- Royal Alberta United Services Institute;
- Royal Artillery Golfing Society;
- Royal Ascot Golf Club;
- Royal Belfast Golf Club;
- Royal Blackheath Golf Club;
- Royal British Legion Scotland, Inverness Branch; Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club;
- Royal County Down Golf Club;
- Royal Free Charity;
- Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust;
- Royal Guild of St Sebastian (Royal Guild of Archers of St. Sebastian – Bruges);
- The Royal Highland Fusiliers Of Canada;
- Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling), 83rd and 87th and The Ulster Defence Regiment);
- Royal Jersey Golf Club;
- Royal Liverpool Golf Club;
- Royal Montrose Golf Club;
- Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital;
- Royal Navy Golf Association;
- Royal Navy Golfing Society;
- Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own);
- Royal Norwich Golf Club;
- Royal Perth Golfing Society and Country and City Club;
- Royal Portrush Golf Club;
- Royal St David’s Golf Club;
- Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies;
- Royal Victoria Yacht Club, British Columbia;
- Royal Winchester Golf Club;
- Royal Windsor Horse Show;
- Ryedale Festival;
- SickKids Foundation;
- Small Arms School Corps;
- Sound Seekers;
- St Helena National Trust;
- Staffordshire Regiment Trust;
- STFC Harwell and Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus;
- Sunningdale Ladies Golf Club;
- The Association of Royal Navy Officers;
- The Colonel’s Fund (Grenadier Guards);
- The Corporation of Trinity House;
- The Duke of York Young Champions’ Trophy;
- The Duke of York’s Community Initiative;
- The Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School;
- The Fleet Air Arm;
- The Fleet Air Arm Officers’ Association;
- The Gordonstoun Association;
- The Helicopter Club of Great Britain;
- The Honourable Artillery Company;
- The Honourable Company of Air Pilots;
- The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn;
- The Institution of Civil Engineers;
- The Ladder Foundation;
- The Northern Meeting;
- The Omani Britain Friendship Association (OBFA);
- The Princess Louise Fusiliers;
- The Returned & Services League of Australia Limited;
- The Royal Air Squadron;
- The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League;
- The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust;
- The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland;
- The Royal Household Golf Club;
- The Royal Institute of Navigation;
- The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own);
- The Royal Regiment of Scotland;
- The Royal Society;
- The Royal Thames Yacht Club;
- The South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA 82);
- The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights;
- University of Cambridge Judge Business School;
- Wellington Academy;
- Wellington College International Tianjin;
- Westminster Academy;
- Yorkshire Society