Now that Prince Andrew's trial will go on this year, it looks like the royal will fade into the background even more.
"He won’t be at the Jubilee, he is going to disappear from sight," a source told Vanity Fair of the current situation. "He knows that he cannot further tarnish the Queen’s reputation, and that is very much the view of the family. The way they plan to deal with this is to remove Andrew from official royal life and public view. This has been the queen’s decision, but it is supported by other senior family members."
Last week, the dad-of-two was dealt several blows: first, a U.S. judge said he would face his accuser, Virginia Roberts, in court after he attempted to get the case thrown out. (She is suing him for allegedly raping her when she was 17 years old.) Then, Queen Elizabeth stripped Andrew of his HRH title and royal patronages.
"With the Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen," the palace said in a statement. "The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen."
As The Royal Observer reported, Prince Charles and Prince William supposedly told the matriarch she had to do something about Andrew's scandal.
“It is Prince Charles who has led what is effectively a royal crisis management team formed to limit the reputational damage caused by Andrew’s disastrous association with Jeffrey Epstein,” a courtier claimed. “While the Queen has given her views on the matter she is naturally protective and sensitive to Andrew, who is acknowledged to be her favorite son."
"Whereas Charles has taken a consistently harder line with Andrew and is not exactly sympathetic to the position of his brother, who he considers to be up to his neck in a dreadful mess of his own making," they continued.