Royal civil war erupts as Andrew dubbed ‘threat to monarchy’

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PRINCE Andrew’s close family have decided that he must not return as an active and prominent member of the Royal Family amid ongoing allegations of s*xual abuse, reports claim.

Prince William, 39, who is second-in-line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles, also reportedly sees his uncle as a “threat to the monarchy’s future”.

A friend of William told the Sunday Times that “William is no fan of Uncle Andrew,” adding that “there is no way in the world he’s ever coming back”.

“The family will never let it happen.”

Another source close to the Duke of Cambridge spoke of William’s disdain for his uncle’s “ungracious and ungrateful” attitude towards his place in the Royal Family.

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A friend of William told the Sunday Times that ‘William is no fan of Uncle Andrew’ (Image: Getty)

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The Duke of York, 61, has reportedly been permanently side-lined from the public eye by his siblings (Image: Getty)

They added that the future king sees his uncle not just as a “risk”, but also as a “threat to the family”.

The Duke of Cambridge, according to this source, believes that “any suggestion there isn’t gratitude for the institution,” or for senior royal positions, is “really dangerous”.

A source close to Prince Charles told the Sunday Times that, although the prince loves his brother, the legal black clouds over the Duke of York bring “unwelcome reputational damage to the institution”.

The source added that Andrew’s brother was therefore convinced that “a way back for the Duke is demonstrably not possible, because the spectre of this [accusation] raises its head with hideous regularity”.

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Prince Andrew is the Queen’s son (Image: Getty)

Andrew has been served with a writ by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

She filed a civil case in New York against the Duke in August this year, accusing Andrew of being “trafficked to him” by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, before being “s*xually abused”.

She was 17 years old at the time of the alleged abuse, and the case falls under the Child Victims Act.

Prince Andrew has denied all allegations against him.

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Princess Beatrice, Prince Andrew’s eldest daughter, gave birth last month (Image: Getty)

Andrew has withdrawn from public attention for the last two years, spending much of his time at Royal Lodge, on the Queen’s estate in Windsor.

He has kept a low profile at Balmoral, the Royal Family’s Scottish holiday home, and was absent from the birth of his granddaughter, Sienna.

His eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, gave birth in London last month.

A source told the Sunday Times in 2020 Prince Andrew had hoped to “serve his country and support the monarchy in the future” with a “public role.”

“In these situations, the monarchy tends to take precedence over the family.

“The Royal Family is supportive of him thinking about what life might be like after issues are resolved, but the palace is not currently planning any future rebranding of his role.”

This comes after a YouGov poll result released last month showed that almost seven in ten people in Great Britain thought that Andrew should not return to the fold as a working royal.

Just three percent thought that now was the right time for his royal comeback, with nine percent considering it appropriate at a later date.

The Daily Express has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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