Prince William has emerged as the royal who wants to protect the British monarchy.
In a stunning move, OK! has learned the second in line to the throne resorted to a rare and private ultimatum to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, after disgraced sex pest Prince Andrew made a Machiavellian bid to return to public life.
William, the 39-year-old father of three and husband of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, told the ailing Queen it was “him or me” when slippery Andrew tried to slide his way into formal ceremonies at the Garter Day service last Monday.
At the eleventh hour and unbeknownst the wider family, Prince Andrew is said to have added himself to the procession list directly ahead of the Duke of Cambridge.
It would have marked the pariah prince’s first public appearance since his head-turning performance at the memorial service of his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, last March.
“The Duke of Cambridge was adamant,” according to a new account in the Evening Standard. “If York insisted on taking part publicly, he would withdraw.
“It was left to the Queen to reluctantly tell her second son that he could not appear in public at the event. Buckingham Palace described it as a ‘family decision’, but the duke himself – who one source revealed had been left ‘crushed and a little confused; – went to great pains to portray it as a personal choice, with sources close to him revealing he didn’t want to do anything that would ‘embarrass the Queen or make things difficult.’”
In addition to William, Prince Charles also reportedly launched a last-minute intervention and voiced his concerns to his mother, said the Standard.
In the hours before the event, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen's second son Prince Andrew would make a private appearance, attending a behind-the-scenes lunch and the investiture ceremony, and he would not be seen in public.
“In the end, the Royal Family decided it was a risk they couldn’t afford to take – at the very last minute, Andrew was banned from appearing at all,” the Standard reported. “If Andrew thinks any of that’s going to happen, he’s delusional,” said one well-placed insider.
“His older brother (Charles) is adamant that his days as a working royal are over, with a source close to him quoted as saying as far as Charles is concerned ‘a way back for the duke is demonstrably not possible’. William is said to be in agreement.”
A recent poll revealed Prince Andrew was the least-liked member of the Royal Family. But in recent weeks, he has lobbied the Queen to be reinstated as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards — his most coveted title — in a bid to return to royal duties after being stripped of all his titles in the wake of the sexual assault case brought against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
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