Prince Andrew was expected to slowly return to royal duties, but things changed after documents from the Jeffrey Epstein case were unsealed this month. Excerpts from the trial were published and revealed a woman, referred to as Jane Doe 3, accused the Duke of York of groping her when she was a teen, further impacting Andrew's reputation.
Andrew's connection to Epstein began to affect his royal duties in 2019 after Virginia Giuffre accused him of assault.
“Of course. Everyone knows there is a s---load more stuff that could come out on Andrew. That’s why William was so dismayed by the leniency shown to him at Christmas. He is utterly bemused by his father’s strategy," William's friend told an outlet.
“That’s not how the family dynamic works," the source added. "Charles is the king, so William has to go along with it. But he doesn’t have to like it.”
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“William and his father agreed, in 2022, that Andrew should be kicked out of the royal family. Having ripped off the plaster, you have to question his judgment in walking to church with Andrew at Christmas, especially when they knew the Epstein affair was all going to be raked up again a few days later," a former courtier admitted.
“It was significant that Andrew was allowed to wear his Garter robes to the Coronation," they continued. "There are not any mechanisms for throwing people out of things like the Order of the Garter, but it would have been easy enough to order him not to wear the clothes."
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“It’s no secret that William and Kate have been trying to secure Royal Lodge for their family," a source told a publication. "They are in desperate need of a larger property to accommodate their household."
“The wheels finally seem to be in motion to remove Andrew from the property which William and Kate welcome and support wholeheartedly," they shared.