It seems like Prince Andrew is unsure what to do for Christmas. The Duke, who is currently being sued by Virginia Roberts after she claimed that he allegedly raped her when she was 17 years old, has been laying low ever since the ordeal came to light.
“The Duke doesn’t want to be a distraction, especially as this is the first time the Queen has had her family all together since the start of the pandemic apart from at Prince Philip’s funeral," a source told The Mirror, adding that he has been "apprehensive" about celebrating the holidays. “Everyone is hoping to have a relaxing and joyful time.”
According to the outlet, Andrew may host his daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, at his Royal Lodge home in Windsor, but it looks like he is leaning towards being with his family at Sandringham — especially since Queen Elizabeth asked for him to come.
Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton are expected to join the Queen for Christmas and will attend the 11 a.m. service.
Despite the ups and downs in the past year, the 95-year-old is looking forward to reuniting with her brood.
“This year, more than ever, it is incredibly important to Her Majesty to be surrounded by her loved ones," a palace insider said, The Mirror reported. “The Queen is totally committed to hosting everyone as she hopes to make it back to full health in the coming weeks. Her Majesty is resting under doctors’ orders with the intention of being able to fully enjoy the company of her extended family over the holiday period."
“After being forced to cancel a host of engagements, the family get-together will be the perfect tonic," the source added.
Prince Andrew has denied any wrongdoing, and the trial is expected to occur between September and December 2022.