AN unofficial biographer has criticised Prince Andrew’s attempt to rebrand himself following his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein committed suicide in July 2019 after getting arrested for sex trafficking offences that involved minors. He was initially denied bail.
The Duke of York, 62, supposedly held “intense” talks with the Queen, 96, to establish a route back to royal life at Balmoral earlier this month.
However, royal biographer Nigel Cawthorne referred to him as the Firm’s “square peg” and urged the royals to thwart his attempt at redemption.
Mr Cawthorne, author of Prince Andrew: Maxwell, Epstein and the Palace, told Express.co.uk: “The question is, who wants him back?
“Does any charity want him as a patron? Or any regiment want him as their colonel?
“Would any country welcome a royal tour if Prince Andrew was on his way?
“Would any new supermarket want him cutting the ribbon at the opening?
“What town wants him to switch on the Christmas lights?
“Is anyone gagging for him to unveil a plaque or plant a tree, visit a school?
“Given the fact that it was a three-day summit, it is clear that even the palace and the Queen realise that Prince Andrew can never return to the royal frontline.
“He is the royal’s square peg and it is difficult to sanction anything he can do apart from retire given the fact that any new career will have a public angle and tarnish the Firm afresh with tawdry stories connected to the Prince.”
But a friend of Andrew’s told HOAR: “He is a 62-year-old man and knows that he can’t spend the rest of his days sitting around at Royal Lodge in Windsor, walking his dogs and riding horses.
“He’s thinking about what he can do. He has had discussions with the Queen about what he can do with his life.
“But there are also wider family discussions.”
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