Andrew seen smiling on horseback with Edward despite ‘exclusion from Charles’ procession’
Prince Andrew was spotted today horseriding with his younger brother Prince Edward. The Duke of York appeared in high spirits as he was seen laughing while riding near the new Duke of Edinburgh. Both Dukes donned helmets, brown jackets dark-coloured trousers, boots and gloves as their horses trotted together.
This comes as tensions are believed to be simmering between King Charles and Prince Andrew over the Duke’s future in the Firm and his finances.
Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer said, appearing on the Royal Round Up programme: “I imagine there are tensions between siblings, they previously denied reports of tensions, but it’s a tricky issue.
“At the root of it all is what Andrew is going to do for the rest of his life, what should be done with it. Personally I think there is no room for him in public life, and if he gets into something controversial finance-wise it will reflect badly on the Royal Family.”
The Duke stepped back from public duties in mid-November 2019, after his disastrous interview with Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis focused on his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The royal has since remained far from the spotlight, appearing in an official capacity only at the funerals of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II and at the memorial service of the late Duke of Edinburgh held last year.
Tensions between the Queen’s second son and the new monarch are also believed to be caused by Charles’s reported desire to review how money from the Duchy of Lancaster – land, property and assets held in trust for the sovereign – is being spent.
As part of this overhaul, the King has reportedly informed non-working royals they should tighten their belts and expect to see their subsidies slashed.
These cuts, it was claimed in mid-February, led Andrew to fear he would lose his home in Windsor, the Royal Lodge, as it needs expensive maintenance the Duke may no longer be able to afford.
Despite reports of tensions, King Charles showed his brother is still a member of the family on Christmas Day, when Andrew joined royals during their traditional walk from Sandringham House to St Mary Magdalene Church for the service and later took part in a brief walkabout.
While Andrew seems to be drifting more and more away from public life, Prince Edward recently saw his status within the Firm boosted.
Buckingham Palace announced last on Edward’s 59th birthday, March 10, the King’s decision to make him the new Duke of Edinburgh.
This decision is in line with the wish shared by Prince Philip in 1999 to see his youngest son, hugely involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, take on his title after his death.
The Palace said in a statement: “The title will be held by Prince Edward for His Royal Highness’s lifetime. The Dukedom was last created for Prince Philip in 1947, upon his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, who held the title of Duchess of Edinburgh before acceding to the throne in 1952.
“The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are proud to continue Prince Philip’s legacy of promoting opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.”