The Queen has reportedly told insiders that she wants the Duke of York to remain Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
according to Sunday opening hours, the monarch has expressed his wish that Andrew – who faces sexual assault allegations, which he denies – retains the honorary role he succeeded the Duke of Edinburgh in 2017.
The newspaper quoted a high-ranking military source as saying: “The Queen has let the regiment know that she wants the Duke of York to remain a colonel, and the feeling is that no one wants to do anything that might upset the regiment. colonel. -chief.
“It is a very difficult and unsatisfactory situation. “
The source added that the duke’s honorary post is “neither tenable nor viable” and the regiment believes it is “not appropriate to retain it”.
Andrew, 61, stepped down from public service in 2019 amid the fallout from his relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: ‘The Grenadiers and all military appointments for the Duke are on hold after he stepped down from royal duties for the foreseeable future in November 2019.
“This remains the situation.”
As he took a step back, the Duke said he continued to “unequivocally regret my ill-advised association with Jeffrey Epstein” and pledged to “assist any appropriate law enforcement agency in their investigations”.
Since then, Virginia Giuffre has sued the Queen’s son for sexually assaulting her as a teenager, and her lawyers have claimed Andrew’s legal team “refused to engage in discussions.”
Ms Guiffre claims she was trafficked by Epstein into having sex with the Duke when she was 17 and a minor under US law.
Andrew vehemently denied the allegations.