Now that Prince Andrew resurfaced last week to accompany Queen Elizabeth to Prince Philip's memorial service, the public is left wondering whether or not he'll also appear at the Platinum Jubilee. Some believe that he'll be by the matriarch's side when she attends the Epsom Derby, but others think that doing so could have disastrous consequences.
"I think it could really backfire for the royal family," royal commentator Natalie Oliveri stated on Today Extra. "This is not going to be a good look if Prince Andrew does accompany his mother to the Epsom Derby later this year. It will certainly leave a lot of people angry."
One insider told The Express that the father-of-two plans to be present regardless of the gossip.
"Prince Andrew does want to participate in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and to be present at the St Paul’s Cathedral service of thanksgiving and to pay tribute to the Queen’s magnificent 70 years of public service," said the source. "The Prince and Queen do have a close bond. The Queen knows exactly what she is doing. She’s very much in charge."
It's also been reported that Prince Charles and Prince William didn't agree with the monarch's decision to have Andrew present at the March memorial, but author Robert Jobson pointed out that her support for her son could help rebuild his image.
"It shows she wholeheartedly loves and believes her son," he explained. "As she did when she made a statement about Camilla being Queen's Consort, many people will now accept the Queen's word and judgment."
BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt added, "She has chosen, in essence, to remind people that he hasn't admitted any wrongdoing, he's not guilty of anything, he's innocent. And she's very clearly stating that he has a role at family occasions."
The Platinum Jubilee kicks off on Thursday, June 2, with the Epsom Derby taking place on Saturday, June 4.