Prince Andrew has been banned from returning to a public-facing role at the Garter Day service in Windsor following reports of an intervention from his family.
At the weekend, it was suggested that the Duke of York wanted to return to royal duties and was due to make his first appearance in months after missing to Platinum Jubilee after contracting Covid-19.
But Buckingham Palace has confirmed the disgraced Duke of York will not be appearing in public at the service and instead will only be allowed to attend a private lunch and ceremony.
The decision not to take part publicly in Garter Day for Andrew, whose reputation has been severely tarnished by his involvement in a civil case in which Virginia Giuffre accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, is understood to have been a “family decision”.
It comes amid reports Prince Charles and Prince William objected to the plan for him to appear in public, according to The Sun newspaper.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Duke of York will attend the investiture and lunch today but will not be part of the procession or service.”
An order of service for today’s ceremony, tweeted by ITV royal correspondent Chris Ship, showed that Prince Andrew had been due to attend the event.
Is Prince Andrew part of the royal family?
Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties as a working royal following a Newsnight interview in November 2019, during which he was questioned about sexual assault allegations against him.
A working royal is a member of the royal family who represents the Queen at official engagements, performing duties such as attending meetings with international dignitaries, hosting state dinners, and handing out honours.
Virginia Giuffre alleged she was sexually assaulted by the Prince aged 17, after being trafficked by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew has always denied the claims against him and said during the Newsnight interview that he has no recollection of meeting Ms Giuffre.
In February, the Duke of York agreed to a multi-million pound settlement with Ms Giuffre in order to avoid a legal trial which risked exposing further details of his friendship with Mr Epstein.
As well as the settlement to Ms Giuffre, the prince agreed a separate “substantial donation” to her sexual abuse victims’ charity and is understood to have also agreed to pay her legal fees.
He was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages by the Queen in January 2022, shortly before he reached the out-of-court settlement with his accuser.
The Duke has stopped using the style His Royal Highness in an official capacity, but he was born a prince and a HRH.
His last public engagement was when he escorted his mother, the Queen, to the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh in March.
He was expected to attend a Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul’s Cathedral during Platinum Jubilee celebrations this month but it was announced last-minute that he had caught coronavirus and would no longer attend.
The Sunday Times first reported that Andrew, who is a Garter Knight, would be present alongside senior members of the royal family for the annual service in St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Monday.
It was also claimed that Andrew wanted his HRH status reinstated, and his position “recognised and respected”.
What is the Duke’s current status?
Prince Andrew has been stripped of his HRH style, royal patronages and honorary military roles.
Despite being effectively sacked as a working royal, he is still ninth in line to the throne and a Counsellor of State. This is a role undertaken by any spouse of the monarch and the next four adults in line of succession, provided they are over the age of 21.
Currently, they are Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew.
He retains his Duke of York title as the dukedom is a peerage and it would take an act of parliament to remove it. Unlike other titles and patronages, the Queen alone cannot remove titles of peerage.
Even if he was stripped of his dukedom, Andrew could remain a prince as he was born into the role.
The duke remains a Vice-Admiral of the Navy, having served in the Royal Navy from 1979 to 2001, including as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War.
His military appointments were suspended after he stepped back from public duties in 2019.
In mid-January, Prince Andrew’s military titles and royal patronages were returned to the Queen. He held eight honorary British military titles, including the role of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, one of the most senior infantry regiments in the British Army.
His other British honorary titles were:
- Honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth
- Colonel-in-chief of the Royal Irish Regiment
- Colonel-in-chief of the Small Arms School Corps
- Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm
- Royal colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers
- Deputy colonel-in-chief of The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own)
- Royal colonel of the Royal Regiment of Scotland
His foreign honorary titles included:
- Colonel-in-chief of the Queen’s York Rangers
- Colonel-in-chief of The Royal Highland Fusiliers Of Canada
- Colonel-in-chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own)
- Colonel-in-chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers (in Nova Scotia, Canada)
Prince Andrew used to be a patron of around 200 charities and organisations but many cut ties with him in 2019 following the Newsnight interview, including the English National Ballet and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.