Charles and William despairing over Andrew role at Philip memorial – insiders

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Senior members of the Royal Family were reportedly ‘dismayed’ by Prince Andrew’s starring role at Prince Philip’s memorial service, sources have claimed.

Andrew was seen escorting the Queen through Westminster Abbey yesterday (Tuesday, March 29) during the ceremony in what some commentators saw as a sign of 'endorsement'.

Despite withdrawing from public life and just three weeks after paying suspected millions to settle acivil sexual assault case , Prince Andrew escorted his mother all the way to her front-row position.

According toDaily Mail senior royals had “reluctantly” accepted the 62-year-old prince would travel with the Queen to London because they lived so close to each other.

However, they were said to have hoped that “common sense” would prevail and that Andrew would not seek to play a prominent role.

That he did, left Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge “dismayed”, a family source reportedly said.

Andrew’s decision to put himself “front and centre” of the service – his first public appearance since the controversial settlement was struck with Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre, had caused “consternation”, the source said.

"It would be a great shame if the service was overshadowed by all of this. There is a strong sense of regret that this has happened," they added.

Another source was reported to have suggested Andrew would have “insisted” and no one would have found out “until it was too late”.

“The Prince of Wales will be despairing at the decision. And I don't think the Duke of Cambridge will be too happy either. But that's Andrew all over,” they added.

Once the service was over, the Queen returned to the Bentley with Andrew to be driven away from the venue.

While many commentators were outraged to see Andrew playing such a major role in the occasion, royal expert and former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt believes she used the opportunity to send a clear message.

He said: “It didn’t happen by chance.

“He could have sat in the congregation with others, with his relatives, but they actively decided that he would have this role of supporting her.”

The Daily Star has approached Prince Charles and Prince William's representatives for comment.

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