Prince Andrew has reportedly asked the Queen to reinstate his HRH title due to his status as a 'blood prince' – being one of Her Majesty's four children.
Last year, the Duke of York, 62, found himself embroiled in an alleged sex scandal involving Virginia Giuffre, which he ended up settling out of court for £12million, causing the Queen to strip him of his well-respected royal titles.
According to reports, he is pushing the 96 year old Queen to be reinstated as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, as well as reinstating his 'blood prince' status, meaning that he can join his other family members on official royal appearances and duties.
The Telegraph reports that Prince Andrew would also like his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, to be given more active roles as working royals.
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A source told the publication: “The colonelcy of the Grenadier Guards was his most coveted title and he wants it back. Having remained a Counsellor of State, he also believes he should be included at royal and state events.
“Most importantly for him is his status as an HRH and ‘Prince of the Blood’ and he feels that should be reinstated and his position recognised and respected.”
Prince Andrew was due to appear in full regalia at the annual Order of the Garter ceremony today, alongside senior members of the Royal Family, including heirs to the throne, Prince Charles and Prince William.
However, Prince Andrew has pulled out of the appearance at the last minute – reportedly after Prince Charles and Prince William "lobbied the Queen about his presence" at the ceremony, fearing a negative reaction and boos from crowds.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that Andrew's withdrawal from the ceremony was a "family decision", and in a statement, a spokesperson said: "The Duke of York will attend the investiture and lunch today but will not be part of the procession or service."
Prince Andrew also pulled out of any appearances at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations more than a week ago, citing that he had caught Covid-19 as the reasoning behind his no-shows.
Prince Charles is favouring a more slimmed-down monarchy for the future, and is said to feel that any public appearances from Andrew on behalf of the royal family wouldn't do much in the way of public favour.
In January, Buckingham Palace released a statement concerning the Duke of York's titles as he began his court battle with Virginia Giuffre, and he was apparently shocked that he had been stripped of them.
It read: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
Although the Queen made this announcement, she did ask Andrew, to whom she is said to be very close, to accompany her to Prince Philip's memorial service at Westminster Abbey in March, where he walked his mother down the aisle, which was a big statement from the Queen.
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