Earlier this month, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was discussing Prince Andrew's sexual abuse lawsuit when he encouraged the public to be more "open and forgiving" since the 62-year-old was trying to "make amends" for the situation.
His declaration shocked the masses, but a Star magazine insider claimed it was none other than Queen Elizabeth who gave the bishop a push to utter those words.
"The Queen is protective of Andrew and believes he's innocent," shared the insider. "She's hoping he will slowly be redeemed after the sex scandal."
The father-of-two was also reportedly prohibited from attending the majority of Platinum Jubilee earlier this month, though he was expected to appear at the National Service of Thanksgiving. However, the palace released a statement prior to the event to announce he wouldn't be attending due to contracting COVID-19.
Continued the source, "His comeback fight is probably doomed. He is delusional if he thinks Charles or William will ever let him back. The Queen is the only person who ever backs Andrew up."
An insider at The Mirror echoed that note, which is one of the reason's he's gone out of his way to spend more time with the monarch.
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"Andrew is doing all he can to make amends for the shame he brought on his family for being involved in such a scandal. He wants to make it up to the Queen which is why he is doing all he can to see her as much as possible," spilled the insider. "He has been a regular daily visitor to [Windsor] Castle and often pops in to see the Queen before he goes out riding for the day, taking full advantage of the incredible facilities. The Duke sometimes stays after his ride and dines with the Queen."
In 2021, a woman named Virginia Giuffre sued Andrew for sexual abuse, claiming she was raped by him when she was 17. Andrew — who has admitted to being friends with late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein — denied the accusation, and in February 2022, they settled the case out of court.