Andrew’s ‘lobbying’ to be let back in as senior royal ‘took toll on Queen’

Prince Andrew's "persistent lobbying" to be let back into the fold as a senior royal "took its toll on the Queen" before her death, a source has claimed.

After accusations of sexual abuse, which Prince Andrew denied, he retained his title HRH but was told not use it in any official capacity.

The 61-year-old Duke of York, the third child of the Queen and ninth in line to the throne, reportedly asked Her Majesty for a return to an official royal capacity repeatedly.

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And according to the Daily Mail's Ephraim Hardcastle column, it caught the attention of his older brother, the now King Charles.

The then prince reportedly summoned Andrew to a tense meeting after hearing of his "persistent lobbying".

Charles and Andrew reportedly held an early-morning meeting at the King's Birkhall estate in Scotland just days before the Queen’s death with the Duke of York's absence from future royal service confirmed.

The aforementioned column stated: "A source whispers that Charles had been tipped off by the Queen's senior staff that Andrew's persistent lobbying of the ailing monarch to restore him as a 'working royal' was taking its toll.

"Andrew knew that if his mother didn't rehabilitate him then all hope was gone."

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Meanwhile, a source previously told the Mail on Sunday of the meeting: "Andrew was totally blindsided. He is utterly bereft. He always believed there was a way back."

While another added: "Naïve as it may sound, he always had hopes of regaining his position as a senior royal. At the meeting, Charles told him that he can go off and have a good life, a nice life, but that his public life as a royal is at an end.”

The late Queen was one of Andrew’s key supporters within the family and allowed him to make a rare public appearance when he escorted her down the aisle at Prince Phillip’s memorial service.

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