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POLL: Was King Charles right to ban Prince Andrew from royal return?

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Following the now infamous Newsnight interview regarding his relationship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2019, Prince Andrew took a step back from royal duties for the “foreseeable future”. The news came after the Duke of York engaged in discussions with both the late Monarch and the then Prince of Wales, Charles, but was described as a “personal decision” by Buckingham Palace. Now, with King Charles on the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Andrew’s hopes of ever returning to the limelight appear to have been dashed.

According to recent reports, a series of “emotional and fraught” conversations took place between Andrew and Charles in Scotland just days before the Queen’s death, during which the new Monarch told Andrew that there would be no comeback, a source has claimed. 

An insider told the Mail on Sunday that the Duke of York was left “tearful” and “utterly bereft” as he had “always believed there was a way back”. 

The 62-year-old was reportedly “blindsided” by Charles’ decision as the news comes amidst reports that he had held discussions with the late Queen at Balmoral regarding a potential new royal position. 

One insider told The Sun in August: “He’s hoping the Queen can influence Prince Charles and Prince William, who see no way back for him.”

The Duke was stripped of his patronages, military titles and HRH title. Although he reportedly asked for his “Colonel of the Grenadier Guards” title and “blood prince” status to be reinstated by his mother, enabling him to make royal appearances and duties. 

A source told The Telegraph in June: “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.”

It appears the new King has reportedly held firm with the Mail on Sunday report hinting that the King has decided once and for all that Andrew will not return.

But what do you think? Should the Duke be barred from making a comeback? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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