Disgraced Prince Andrew is back in the spotlight after his mother’s death

Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew is back in the spotlight after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Her favorite son was stripped of most of his titles and removed from royal duties because of his friendship with scandalous American financier Jeffrey Epstein and allegations of sexual abuse in the US.

The Duke of York has not been charged with any crime and denies any wrongdoing.

After a period away from the public eye, the 62-year-old is back in the spotlight after his mother’s death served as a reminder of his fall from grace.

A Royal Navy veteran of the Falklands War, he was refused permission to wear uniform during two funerals when he and his siblings walked behind the Queen’s coffin.

King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Edward were in military uniforms and he in a suit, drawing attention to his special status. He will be allowed to wear uniform as a special mark of respect for the Queen during the final vigil, which will be attended by Elizabeth II’s children.

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Last week in Edinburgh, a man in the audience shouted: “Andrew, you are a sick old man“.

He was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace. But if this was a rare case of loud public protest, that sentiment appears to be more widely shared.

There is no place for Andrew in the future of the family or the country, but I think the Queen has done the right thing by leaving him out. He brought shame, but I think his family knows what the British think of himMary Burke, a 47-year-old woman from Brighton, told Reuters as she waited in a long line to pay her respects to the Queen in London.

The aristocrat did not attend events where the royals greeted the public, apart from making a brief appearance outside Balmoral Castle two days after Elizabeth II’s death.

She stripped Prince Andrew at the beginning of the year of the title of Royal Highness, his honorary military ranks and the right to be a patron of charities, as well as to perform official duties because of the lawsuit filed in 2021 by Virginia Giuffre in the US, who accuses him of sexual violence, BTA recalls. He categorically denied guilt. In February this year it became clear that Andrew had reached a financial agreement with the American woman and pledged to make a substantial donation to Giuffre’s charity work. This did not lead to a case against him in the USA.

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