UK’s Royal rumble rages on;Prince Charles ‘told ousted Andrew there’s no way back into royal family in near future’
The Prince of Wales dragged his younger sibling to the royal estate for a crunch summit during which Charles effectively retired the duke from his public duties.
Charles is said to have told his embattled brother there was ‘no way back into family in the near future’ after the public outcry that followed his disastrous Newsnight interview last month.
Prince Philip also joined his sons for the light lunch, which took place shortly before the BBC interview with Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts aired on Monday.
Prince Charles ‘read the riot act’ to his under-fire brother Andrew (pictured together)
Andrew with Epstein
Prince Philip also joined his sons for the light lunch, which took place shortly before the BBC interview with Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts (pictured) aired on Monday
A royal source told The Sun: ‘It was all very civilised and calm but Charles calmly read him the riot act and told him there was no way back for him in the near future.
‘Andrew thought he was being treated harshly as nothing has yet been proved against him, but he accepted the decision. He really had little choice.’
Charles was also said to be concerned with the prospect of Andrew going to the US to clear his name, amid fears that such a move could ‘remove the mystery’ surrounding the royal family.
The source added: ‘Philip regrets Andrew doesn’t know how to lead a simple life. He thinks he’s been too extravagant.’
The Prince of Wales’ key role in ‘retiring’ Prince Andrew from public life has fed speculation he is preparing to adopt a modern ‘Prince Regent’ role.
Such a position would see him control day-to-day royal affairs while his mother remains monarch.
The Prince of Wales’ key role in ‘retiring’ Prince Andrew from public life has fed speculation he is preparing to adopt a modern ‘Prince Regent’ role
Charles – pictured laying a wreath at the Cenotaph – has been gradually taking on more responsibility
Her Majesty will turn 95 in 18 months, the same age at which her husband Philip withdrew from his public duties.
There is talk among courtiers that she may use the milestone to effectively hand over day-to-day control of the monarchy to Charles.
The Queen has been gradually reducing the number of public engagements she attends from 332 in 2016 to 283 in 2018. Charles, meanwhile, undertook 507.
Andrew faced fresh humiliation this week after Miss Roberts gave an interview to the BBC in which she reinforced claims she was forced into sleeping with the royal.
Sources close to Andrew last night accused the BBC of allowing his accuser to ‘cry a lot’ and protested over the differing treatment of their two separate BBC interviews.
Royal sources have said the discipline in the household has not been the same since Prince Philip (above) retired.