Prince Andrew ‘lobbies Queen to restore royal status’, report says

The Duke of York is pushing for a return to royal duties and has asked the Queen to reinstate his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

The prince lost the coveted role along with other military titles and royal patronages in January.

The disgraced second son of the monarch stepped out of public life following the furor over his friendship with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and after paying millions to settle a civil case against Virginia Giuffre.

Prince Andrew claims he never met Giuffre and denies all charges against him.

Nearly six months later, he not only wants to be reinstated as a colonel of the Grenadier Guards, but also wants to be able to attend royal engagements alongside other members of the royal family, according to The Telegraph

The newspaper said he is also pushing for his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, to have working royal status.

“Colonelship of the Grenadier Guards was his most coveted title, and he wants it back,” The Telegraph quoted a royal source as saying.

“Having remained Councilor of State, he also feels he should be included in royal and state events.”

Andrew inherited the title of the Duke of Edinburgh on his retirement from public life in 2017

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Since being released from all official duties, the Prince has taken a step away from public life and only appeared at Prince Philip’s memorial service in March.

While Prince Andrew was expected to appear in public on Monday at the Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle, it has now been reported that he will not be allowed to appear in public during the service.

The Sunday Times had claimed that Prince Andrew, who is a garter knight, would attend Monday’s annual service at St. George’s Chapel with senior members of the royal family.

But The sun said the heirs to the throne, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, had lobbied the Queen over the matter.

Senior royals feared a “backlash,” the paper said, adding that Princes Charles and William reportedly agreed on their approach before telling the Queen, who made the final decision.

Buckingham Palace and a representative of Prince Andrew have been approached for comment.

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