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Prince Andrew ‘will disappear’ from public life after he attends Prince Philip memorial say sources


Prince Andrew ‘will disappear’ from public life after he attends Prince Philip memorial, sources say

  • Andrew is expected to attend the service of thanksgiving for Prince Philip
  • But he will have no role in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations
  • Prince Charles is believed to have insisted that Andrew withdraw from public life 
  • A Palace aide said Andrew would no longer attend formal events or occasions


Prince Andrew will effectively disappear from public life after a memorial service for his father next month, say sources.

The Queen’s second son is expected to attend the Westminster Abbey service of thanksgiving for Prince Philip, but it is understood he will have no role in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Prince Charles is believed to have insisted that Andrew withdraw completely from public life, with no return to his patronages or role as a senior member of ‘The Firm’.

While he will see the Queen and other royals at private occasions, a Palace aide said Andrew would no longer attend formal events, nor would he be pictured on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for official events, and is unlikely to attend society occasions such as Royal Ascot.

Prince Andrew will effectively disappear from public life after a memorial service for his father next month, say sources. The Queen’s second son is expected to attend the Westminster Abbey service of thanksgiving for Prince Philip, but it is understood he will have no role in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

While he will see the Queen and other royals at private occasions, a Palace aide said Andrew would no longer attend formal events, nor would he be pictured on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for official events, and is unlikely to attend society occasions such as Royal Ascot

While he will see the Queen and other royals at private occasions, a Palace aide said Andrew would no longer attend formal events, nor would he be pictured on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for official events, and is unlikely to attend society occasions such as Royal Ascot

He is said to be determined to attend his father’s memorial service on March 29, despite fears that his presence could dominate coverage of the event.

Representatives from charities and organisations which Philip supported are likely to attend, include members of the Grenadier Guards, as he was their Colonel for more than 40 years. 

Andrew took over the role in 2017, but it was one of the military titles he was forced to give up earlier this year.

Royal expert Ingrid Seward said: ‘People will understand that he would want to join the family at his father’s memorial. 

‘But after that he will certainly have to lay low and just disappear for at least a year or two. 

‘He cannot live the life he once did, as a member of the Royal Family, because he would face questions and even ridicule.

‘He could live quietly, possibly at one of the Queen’s houses in Scotland, but he cannot be allowed to give interviews or even write an autobiography.’

Royal expert Ingrid Seward said: ‘People will understand that he would want to join the family at his father’s memorial. But after that he will certainly have to lay low and just disappear for at least a year or two. He cannot live the life he once did, as a member of the Royal Family, because he would face questions and even ridicule'

Royal expert Ingrid Seward said: ‘People will understand that he would want to join the family at his father’s memorial. But after that he will certainly have to lay low and just disappear for at least a year or two. He cannot live the life he once did, as a member of the Royal Family, because he would face questions and even ridicule’

It has been suggested that Andrew could aim for a ‘Profumo-style’ rehabilitation, gaining public forgiveness by devoting himself to quiet good works like the Tory Minister shamed in a 1960s sex scandal.

But royal biographer Angela Levin said many charities would not welcome any association. 

She told GB News: ‘I think it will be very hard for him to find something to do. 

‘Even if he wanted to work for a charity, I don’t think anyone would want him on their headed notepaper.’

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