Prince Andrew was spotted on a horseback ride in Windsor this afternoon, his last public appearance in recent days, with a royal pundit suggesting he may be ‘trying to rehabilitate himself’.
On Saturday, The Duke of York sat next to the Queen at his father’s funeral before taking off in his new £ 220,000 Bentley, speaking to television cameras outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge in Windsor on April 11, two for days. after the death of his father.
That appearance, where he paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, was the first time he turned to cameras directly since his car crash Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew then sat next to the queen at his father’s funeral, before taking regular trips to visit her afterward, according to royal sources.
Before the funeral, there were also rumors that the Duke of York was pushing to wear a naval admiral’s uniform while on duty – only for the Queen to ultimately decide that male royals should wear suits.
Today’s drive in Windsor has sparked speculation that Andrew is trying to ‘rehabilitate’ himself after resigning from his royal duties following his BBC disaster.
Royal pundit Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline that Andrew “clearly would like to be rehabilitated,” but must answer FBI questions about his ties to Epstein first.
Andrew’s appearance comes after it has been suggested that Prince Charles plans to downsize the monarchy in the wake of the deaths of his father and Megxit, who saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle trade royal life for LA.
Both Charles and Prince William would agree that there is no future place for Andrew in the monarchy, according to reports.
Prince Andrew was seen this morning on a horseback ride in Windsor, his last public appearance in recent days
Prince Andrew left Prince Philip’s funeral in a brand new £ 220,000 racer green Bentley. The 61-year-old Duke of York was in the back of the 200mph Bentley Flying Spur (pictured at the funeral) – which was blue when first delivered in September before being spray painted
Prince Andrew was the closest member of the royal family to the queen at Prince Philip’s funeral service on Saturday
Prince Andrew solemnly walked behind his father’s coffin as it was slowly carried to St George’s Chapel in Windsor
The Mirror’s royal editor, Russel Myers, told ITV’s Lorraine that there is ‘no room for Andrew’ and both Charles and William are ‘totally tuned in to that’.
Commenting on the photos of Andrew driving today, Mr. Fitzwilliams said: ‘Given that there are now three less senior working royals, including him, I suspect he hopes his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie will get into some engagements.
Central to any hopes he has for some form of future rehabilitation is working with the FBI to assist the victims of the deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. He also continues to face serious allegations that have received worldwide publicity.
His friend Ghislaine Maxwell is on trial in the summer. It will be something of a celebrity and if any more embarrassing revelations or allegations surfaced it would make matters worse.
As it is now, a low profile and cooperation with the FBI will remain his only options for the foreseeable future. He would of course like to be rehabilitated, but the public wouldn’t stand for it, given the allegations against him and the memory of that bizarre interview with Emily Maitlis.
Any event he attended in an official capacity would be dominated by him and his past. He must first cooperate and be seen to cooperate with the FBI and forget about everything else. ‘
Andrew took center stage in the days following his father’s death, having paid tribute to Prince Philip outside the royal chapel.
He called Philip ‘the grandfather of the nation’ when he revealed how the queen said the loss of her husband had ‘left a huge void in her life’.
He said, “She described it as a huge void in her life, but we, the family, those close by, are gathering to make sure we’re there to support her.”
The Duke added of his father: “He was a remarkable man. I loved him as a father. He was so calm. He was always someone you could turn to. We’ve lost the nation’s grandfather. ‘
The public interview about his father’s death was followed by rumors that Andrew demanded to wear an admiral’s uniform for the funeral.
Andrew was appointed an honorary Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy on his 55th birthday in 2015 and would be promoted to admiral last year on his 60th birthday.
However, he offered to put it off until he cleared his name amid the Epstein scandal and returned to public duties.
He is said to have caused a stir at Buckingham Palace in the days leading up to his father’s funeral after telling the queen and senior officials he wanted to attend the service as an admiral.
Prince Philip died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle last Friday, while Prince Andrew revealed the impact of his father’s death on the Queen in a televised interview two days later.
Prince Andrew turned to the camera and said the Queen is ‘an incredibly stoic person’ but said Philip’s death left her in grief and ‘she feels it more than anyone else’
The Duke of York (second from left) talks to Crown Estate staff while attending Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, two days after his father’s death
The queen eventually ruled that all male members of the royal family would attend the service in suits with medals.
On Saturday, Andrew joined his family as they walked behind his father’s casket that was slowly being carried to St George’s Chapel in Windsor on the back of a custom Land Rover hearse.
In the chapel, Andrew sat closest to the queen – with the family still separated by different spaces due to social distance rules.
He then left the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in his new £ 220,000 race-green Bentley, which he had provided with personalized license plates.
The Duke of York was in the back of the 200 mph Bentley Flying Spur, which was blue when first delivered in September before being spray painted.
The luxury motorcycle was pictured riding out of Windsor Castle on his way to the nearby Royal Lodge, the home Andrew shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, 61.
In the days after Philip’s death, Andrew and his ex-wife also took ‘normal’ trips to visit and comfort the queen, it is said.
The Duke’s recent spate of public visits comes after he relinquished public duties following his Newsnight interview.
Due to his withdrawal from public life, he did not appear in the photos of the wedding of his daughter Princess Beatrice to the Italian property developer Edo Mapelli Mozzi in July.
In 2019, Andrew said he was willing to assist US officials in their Epstein investigations – but was accused of providing “ zero collaboration ” last year.
Virginia Roberts, now a mother of three living in Australia, claims she was traded by Epstein to have sex with the Duke three times in 2001, including in New York around Easter that year, when she was 17.
Andrew firmly denies all of her allegations, saying he doesn’t even remember meeting her, despite the couple being pictured together at Miss Maxwell’s London home on March 10, 2001.