Despite Epstein scandal, Prince Andrew wants royal status back – media — Analysis
Britain’s Prince Andrew has begged his mother, Queen Elizabeth, to allow him to return to royal life and is seeking to reclaim some of the titles and duties stripped from him after revelations about his alleged involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein underage sex ring, the UK Telegraph reported on Sunday.
The Duke has asked for the reinstatement of Colonel of Grenadier Guards. This is a post he inherits from Prince Philip. It’s currently held by Queen Elizabeth.
He was the fourth in line for the throne as an adult and was therefore a counselor to state. A source said that he believes he still should be present at state and royal events. He has not been seen publicly since his surprise appearance on his mother’s arm at Prince Philip’s funeral in March, which reportedly horrified those in charge of the proceedings, but is expected to appear on Monday at the Windsor Castle Order of the Garter ceremony alongside senior royals.
While the Duke’s relationship with his mother is allegedly cordial – he visits her several times a week, according to the Telegraph – royal decision-makers are reportedly uninterested in returning his honorary military titles and patronages, concerned about public sentiment about his involvement in the Epstein scandal.
Prince Andrew’s settlement of sex-abuse case may help save the Crown
While Prince Andrew has maintained his innocence regarding his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s claims that she was repeatedly sex-trafficked to him while underage, he reportedly paid £12 million ($14.8 million) in February to settle the civil suit she had filed against him, not long after he was forced by the royal family to give up all of his royal and military titles. The royal family pressured him to resolve the ugly, very public legal dispute.
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