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Prince Andrew ‘to be Queen’s chaperone to Derby on Platinum Jubilee weekend’

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The Queen will be accompanied by disgraced son Prince Andrew to the Derby on the weekend of her Platinum Jubilee, according to reports.

The Duke of York, who paid an alleged £12million settlement in a sex abuse case brought by Virginia Giuffre earlier this year, featured in a separate court case this week.

He was named in evidence handed over to a High Court judge, in the case of a financial dispute between an elderly Turkish woman and a former banker.

It has now been claimed that the shamed 62-year-old will escort Her Majesty to Epsom races in June, the Mirror reports.

Speaking to the Sun, a source said: “He was meant to stay invisible during the Platinum Jubilee so there is no way he will be at events like Trooping the Colour.

“But the Queen needs a chaperone on all occasions at the moment due to her mobility issues and Andrew has earmarked the Derby as the one he will accompany her at.

“He just doesn’t seem to understand the public outcry.”

Prince Andrew’s role in the royal family has come into question following the end of the civil suit brought by Ms Giuffre earlier this year.

He made no admission of guilt but settle the case for an undisclosed sum, understood to be £12m.

Disgraced Prince Andrew has apparently apologised to the Queen as well as his daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie

The settlement came in the months after he returned his military titles and royal patronages to the Queen.

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Amid such acrimony Andrew accompanied his mother to a memorial service for Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey this week.

Prince Charles and nephew Prince William are said to have made their displeasure about the role Andrew played clear to the Queen.

The Epsom derby takes place on the Jubilee weekend.

They did not want Andrew to be the one to accompany Her Majesty into the service on Tuesday, and reportedly spoke to her more than once to raise their concerns.

The Queen went ahead and her so-called favourite son was the one seen across the world helping her along the aisle at Westminster Abbey, as the service was broadcast live on the BBC.

The two heirs to the throne were said to have been “shocked” and dismayed” as Andrew emerged front and centre.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York attend church at St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham on January 19, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York attend church at St Mary the Virgin at Hillington in Sandringham on January 19, 2020 in King’s Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

A source close to the Palace told the Mirror: “[Andrew] was straight out the blocks in front of the cameras when the Duke of Edinburgh died, which was seen within the family as being completely inappropriate.

“Now this situation has unfolded, a fair few hold the view that he is manipulating his position for his own gains.”

Vanity Fair’s Royal Editor Katie Nicholl said the Queen deliberately chose to have Andrew play such a prominent role on the day and shows the public she still ‘makes the decisions’.

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Prince Andrew escorting the Queen to her chair at Prince Philip's memorial service

Prince Andrew escorting the Queen to her chair at Prince Philip’s memorial service

Katie Nicholl said: “This was the Queen’s way of showing two things; one, that the buck stops with her, and she makes the decisions, and secondly that she believes he’s innocent. She made the point very, very clearly.

“Unfortunately, this picture [of Prince Andrew escorting the Queen] has overtaken what should have been a memorial to a great man.”

Andrew has spent a considerable amount of time with the ailing 95-year-old monarch, who has suffered from a series of health problems in recent months as well as recovering from Covid.

The Duke of York, who lives on the Windsor estate, has also been ever present at his mother’s Windsor Castle home after the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip, who died last April aged 99.

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