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Prince Andrew unlikely to return to royal duties under King Charles | Prince Andrew

During the Queen’s farewell funeral, her four grieving children will be a somber focal point of the five ceremonies. But we are going, rather awkwardly, to stand out.

As his siblings, the King, Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex wear military uniform, the Duke of York will be in civilian clothes.

It is not until the final vigil at Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall that Prince Andrew, 62, will be allowed to wear the uniform, a dispensation granted as a mark of special respect for Her Majesty the Queen.

It’s proof, if it were needed, that nothing is likely to change much for Andrew now that his brother Charles is king. He remains stripped of his military sponsorships and use of the HRH title.

As the Queen’s son, he adopted a visible role, thanking supporters at Balmoral Castle. He will be present, alongside the rest of the family, during preparations for and including his state funeral. It would be out of the question for him not to be involved, especially since the royal family has been keen to present a united front at this time. But as with any public role thereafter, it seems likely that he will remain out of it.

“I think he’ll be very much in the background. There’s no way he’ll ever return to his royal duties. So you could say his retirement is continuing,” Majesty magazine editor Joe Little said. “There’s no hope, I would say, that he’ll be back in the working royal fold anytime soon.”

Since his fall from grace over his friendship with late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and his out-of-court settlement in a civil case brought by Virginia Giuffre, Andrew has disappeared from public life.

Even before the Epstein controversy, Charles had indicated he wanted a much lean monarchy under his rule. Andrew was not believed to be one of them, nor his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

But, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving as senior royals, “the weight loss has gone much further than expected,” Little said. “It wasn’t part of the master plan.”

Despite this, the public mood still seems so opposed to Andrew that King Charles, even if he wanted to, would be unwise to attempt any rehabilitation of his brother.

The Queen continued throughout her second son’s labors to indicate her support. She notably leaned on him during the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service. But, she is now gone.

Andrew, however, acquired a new family role. His spokesperson announced on Sunday that he and his estranged wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, would become guardians of the Queen’s corgis and dorgi. They will face off against Muick and Sandy, two young corgis that Andrew and his daughters gifted to the Queen in 2021, as well as her dorgi – dachshund-corgi mix – named Candy.

As for the Royal Lodge, the Queen Mother’s former home on the Windsor Estate which Andrew and the Duchess of York still share, there has been speculation he may be asked to leave.

“He has a lease on Royal Lodge from the Crown Estate, so I think he’s safe unless he wants to give up the lease,” Little said. “If the worst came to the worst, I suppose Charles could [ask him to leave]. But I think he’s relatively safe.