Queen arrives at Sandringham as Prince Andrew makes way separately with Prince Charles in sibling show of solidarity


SCANDAL-HIT Prince Andrew was supported by his older brother today at Sandringham as he made his first public appearance since his disastrous BBC interview.

The Duke of York and Prince of Wales walked side by side as they arrived together for the annual Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

Prince Andrew attended the church service with his brother Charles in a show of solidarity

The scandal-hit royal was supported by his brother Charles

The Queen arriving at the church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham

The Queen was also seen arriving for the service.

All eyes were on Andrew, who faced a public backlash after his car crash Newsnight interview where he failed to express any sympathy for the victims of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew said he did not regret having been a friend of Epstein, who killed himself in jail aged 66 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.

The Duke was also ridiculed over his repeated denials of any sexual relationship with then 17-year-old Virginia Roberts.

He claimed he had taken his daughter Princess Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking on the night he is accused of sleeping with Roberts, a “sex slave” of Epstein.

Following the calamitous interview, the Duke was stripped of his royal duties and 249,000 sovereign grant.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not attend this year’s church service as they are in Canada taking a break from royal duties with their son Archie.

However Prince George and Princess Charlotte are set to attend the annual Christmas church gathering for the first time.

The Earl of Wessex and daughter Lady Louise Windsor arriving for the service

Members of the general public queue up to view the arrival of royals this morning

Meanwhile Prince Philip was discharged from hospital yesterday following a four-night at the King Edward VII’s hospital.

The 98-year-old was treated as a precaution for a “pre-existing condition”.

The prince then travelled by helicopter to Sandringham to join the rest of the royal family for Christmas.

‘BUMPY’ 2019

In her Christmas Day TV message the Queen will refer to her familys “bumpy” 2019 and the nation’s Brexit divisions.

The year has been labelled her second “annus horribilis” – the Latin phrase she used to describe 1992 after the marriages of three of her children collapsed.

This time, son Prince Andrew, 59, has been mired in the scandal of his friendship with US paedo Epstein and claims he slept with a teen sex slave.

Husband Prince Philip, who was admitted to hospital after the speech was recorded, was involved in a car accident at the start of the year.

The duke faced criticism for taking too long to contact the occupants of the other car and for being seen driving without his seat-belt in the days that followed.

And the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken about their struggles living in the public eye.

Brexit has divided the country and Parliament, leading to huge uncertainty.

Her Majesty’s comment is thought to be her first public reference to the personal events her family has experienced this year.

Elsewhere the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a new photograph showing the duke kissing his youngest son, Louis, alongside Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The picture was posted by Kensington Palace on Twitter with the message: “Merry Christmas to all our followers!”

Prince Philip was treated at hospital as a precaution for a ‘pre-existing condition’

The Queen will refer to her familys ‘bumpy’ 2019 and the nations Brexit divisions in her Christmas Day TV message

The intimate family photo was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge