Prince Andrew is seen riding a horse with two female companions at Windsor Castle

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Prince Andrew was spotted this morning on a horseback ride in the daffodil-strewn grounds of Windsor Castle with two female companions.

The 61-year-old Duke of York, who lives at the Royal Lodge just three miles away, donned a helmet and a quilted blue jacket as she took to the spring sun.

Last week, it was revealed that the Queen is more ‘affectionate’ towards Andrew than Prince Charles because she ‘sees him as a war hero’.

The claims were made during the Channel 4 documentary Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honor and Crown, which aired March 21.

Prince Andrew was seen this morning with two female companions enjoying a horseback ride amid the daffodils in the grounds of Windsor Castle

Prince Andrew was seen this morning with two female companions enjoying a horseback ride amid the daffodils in the grounds of Windsor Castle

Royal expert Clive Irving, author of the new biography The Last Queen, suggested that Her Majesty her eldest son Charles, 72, – heir to the throne, ‘never really understood’ and is ‘amazed at him’.

He told viewers, “To this day she is more openly affectionate towards Andrew and more forgiving towards Andrew than towards Charles.”

Irving also claimed Her Majesty “is constantly frustrated with Prince Charles” – who has just returned from a two-day visit to Greece – because he “will never live up to her sense of duty.”

Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, was also featured in the documentary about the different characters of the siblings. She called Charles ‘the opposite of younger brother Andrew’.

She said, ‘He is [Andrew] noisy, clumsy, very charming, when he wants to be. He can be arrogant and rude; he has some of the characteristics of his own father. ‘

Filmed during a recent interview about his latest book, The Last Queen, Clive Irving is one of the many royal commentators who appeared in the Channel 4 documentary

Filmed during a recent interview about his latest book, The Last Queen, Clive Irving is one of the many royal commentators who appeared in the Channel 4 documentary

Filmed during a recent interview about his latest book, The Last Queen, Clive Irving is one of the many royal commentators who appeared in the Channel 4 documentary

Irving also said the Queen was more attracted to being 'openly affectionate' with Prince Andrew (Photo: Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2019)

Irving also said the Queen was more attracted to being 'openly affectionate' with Prince Andrew (Photo: Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2019)

Irving also said the Queen was more attracted to being ‘openly affectionate’ with Prince Andrew (Photo: Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2019)

Seward added that Andrew’s active service in the Navy, after Prince Philip, including piloting helicopters on missions during the Falklands War, made him return “as a war hero, his mother was proud.”

She said that at the time, Charles and Andrew were first and second in line to the throne to represent “ all that the monarchy could be. ”

Irving went on to argue that no member of the royal family has “measured” herself by Her Majesty’s enduring sense of duty.

He also claims that Prince William is the only royal family to fully appreciate the monarch’s’ very devoted sense of duty ‘, saying,’ Anyone around the queen cannot do that at any point. Her own family was unable to cope with that. Charles never complies with that. ‘

The queen’s second son stepped down from royal duty in 2019 following questions about his friendship with billionaire pedophile Jeffery Epstein.

The Duke of York has been accused of failing to assist US prosecutors in their investigation of Epstein and its financier Ghislaine Maxwell. Prince Andrew has vehemently denied the claims.

Meanwhile, during Charles ‘visit to Greece with the Duchess of Cornwall this week, the Prince of Wales received the Gold Medal of Honor – Athens’ highest award – as the country marked the bicentenary of the Greek revolt against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

The Prince of Wales (left) after being awarded the Gold Medal of Honor of the City of Athens by Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis

The Prince of Wales (left) after being awarded the Gold Medal of Honor of the City of Athens by Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis

The Prince of Wales (left) after being awarded the Gold Medal of Honor of the City of Athens by Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall prepare to leave Athens after a Greek Independence Day visit

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall prepare to leave Athens after a Greek Independence Day visit

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall prepare to leave Athens after a Greek Independence Day visit

It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for The Firm; Earlier this month, Prince Philip, 99, was released from the hospital to Windsor Castle to join the Queen of 94.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said the Duke of Edinburgh would like to ‘thank all the medical staff who took care of him’, while Her Majesty sent flowers and a note of thanks to the medical professionals who performed her husband’s heart surgery.

Philip, the country’s longest-serving consort, spent 28 nights as a patient in London at King Edward VII’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital – his longest stay ever.

He was initially admitted for an infection as a precaution, before undergoing heart surgery halfway through his four-week hospitalization.

On Pod Save the Queen this week, royal commentators claimed that Philips health has improved dramatically.

Royal editor Russell Myers said, “It’s good news, very good news, about Philip, I’ve been told he’s actually doing really well.”

Host Ann Gripper replied, “I’m sure I got home and caused trouble,” to which Myers quipped, “No doubt.”