‘The Telegraph’ reported that Prince Andrew had asked the Queen to restore his royal status and push to reclaim his title as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
The Duke of York, who is the second son of Queen Elizabeth, had retired from public life following furor over his friendship with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Earlier this year, he settled a US civil sexual assault case brought by a woman who claimed Epstein trafficked her for sex.
The British daily quoted a source as saying: “Colonel of the Grenadier Guards was his most coveted title and he wants it back. Having remained a councilor of state, he also feels he should be included in royal and state events. ”
“Most important to him is his HRH and ‘Blood Prince’ status and he feels this should be restored and his position recognized and respected.”
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Prince Andrew, who had recently tested positive for COVID-19, missed a thanksgiving service held on Friday for Queen Elizabeth to mark 70 years on the throne.
There was widespread criticism after she accompanied her mother to a memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip in March, although the Archbishop of Canterbury said this week Andrew was seeking to ‘make amends’. This sparked speculation that he was aiming for a return to duty.
“Obviously at some point there will soon be some thought about how to support the Duke as, away from the public eye, he is slowly looking to rebuild his life in a different direction,” a palace source said.
(With agency contributions)
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