Prince Andrew's royal roles have decreased since he stepped down as a senior royal following the controversies surrounding his relationship with the criminal sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Now, rumors have it that King Charles III has banned his younger brother from future royal events, making the Duke of York furious.
Royal enthusiast Hilary Fordwich claimed it was only a matter of time before King Charles removed Prince Andrew as one of his counselors of state. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie's father can have a few complaints, but the royal watcher believes he's lucky not to have his honorary military roles removed altogether.
The business development expert said on Fox News Digital that the monarch and his firstborn son, Prince William, preferred to keep Sarah Ferguson's ex-husband "away from public engagements in general." This news comes after news emerged that the prince might be banned from wearing his ceremonial robes at the crowning.
The embargo allegedly made the duke "purportedly furious," not having the right to play a part. Fordwich said it made Prince Andrew believe he was being disrespected and dictated over something he was fully entitled to do.
However, the consultant told Express that it was hard not to mind Prince Andrew's involvement with Epstein. His friendship with the billionaire financier was spotlighted, especially during his interview with Emily Maitlis on BBC in 2019, questioning him about allegedly sleeping with 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre with his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell in 2019. The royal has vehemently denied the claim.
Meanwhile, King Charles' coronation is less than two months away, but Prince Andrew is reportedly not yet informed if he can wear his Knight of the Garter robes at the event. The crowning is said to be a "collar day," where part of the insignia of certain members of British orders of knighthood can be worn.
However, the Mirror claimed Prince Andrew could be instructed to wear a lounge suite instead after being stripped of his military appointment as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. But technically, he's still the Vice Admiral due to his service in the Royal Navy.
A royal insider told the publication that Prince Andrew wasn't completely "left in the dark" yet over his role and could still dress for the coronation. Christopher Andersen, author of "The King," told Fox that King Charles might want to avoid another hint of disharmony in the royal family. He might not want another scene where Prince Harry donned a simple suit at Queen Elizabeth's funeral last year to happen again this time.