Mr Ship said: “There were some reports last weekend that he was going to make some sort of comeback, which I thought was remarkable.
“I cannot believe for one second that anyone in the Royal Family will be thinking of putting Prince Andrew front and centre of any event any time in the near future until all of this has been decided one way or another.”
Ms Robinson replied: “I found that extraordinary, I had a sort of double-take moment when I saw that story.
“The thought that he wants to return to royal life, to duties.
“I just think until this has been cleared up and he has spoken to the FBI he is a distraction.
“He would be unable to work, without that hanging over him.”
Mr Ship added: “I get the impression they have got this long-term plan.
“In order for that to happen there would have to be a resolution of the legal process.
“Total exoneration on his part and his side of the story properly given.
“I am sure he will think twice about what kind of interview he will do next time.
“Then a reframing of his duties, I think it is a bit too early for that given that Ghislaine Maxwell still has not had her trial yet.
“Given that Prince Andrew and the FBI as far as we know have not spoken.
The Duke of York has continuously denied any involvement with the “abhorrent” activities of Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew emphatically described allegations of abuse as “baseless” and earlier this year claimed he had offered his help to US authorities.
The Duke has “categorically” denied having any sexual contact with any of the women associated with Epstein.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK