PRINCE Andrew will be nothing more than the chief royal dog walker under King Charles III as the disgraced Duke faces almost total exclusion from the family, experts have said.
Royal watchers believe Andrew – often dubbed the Queen’s favorite – is ashamed of having a very insignificant future in The Firm despite his well-reported ambition to return to frontline duties.
Andrew tries to burnish his image as he dreams of making a comeback after humiliatingly settling out of court with sex accuser Virginia Giuffre.
It was the latest in a long line of embarrassments that were seen as embarrassing the Royals and infuriating her older brother, King Charles.
And with the Queen no longer at the head of the table to offer him comfort, experts believe the Duke’s chances of anything resembling a resurgence are low.
Despite the reports, Charles will let Andrew keep the £30million Royal Lodge in Windsor for the time being – it is believed he could still be evicted alongside his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.
So his future could be a little more than just caring for the queen’s three surviving corgis – Candy, Muick and Sandy – which he inherited after her death.
There appears to be no chance for him to recoup his estimated £248,000 pocket money that he used to get as a ‘royal worker’ from the Queen.
Andrew’s only known annual income is his £20,000 annual pension from the Royal Navy.
But it is likely that he still has considerable personal wealth through investments and should have received considerable sums in the will of the Queen and her father, Prince Philip.
His exact legacy may never be known – but Andrew may have to tone down his notoriously flashy and luxurious lifestyle, complete with posh hotels, flash cars and a jet set like “Air Miles Andy”.
Royal expert Nigel Cawthorne, however, told The Sun Online that Andrew could end up receiving a token allowance from Charles.
It would almost act as a “silent” payment to keep him out and make sure he behaves.
Cawthorne – who has written several books about the Duke and his relationship with pedophiles Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell – is convinced Andrew will never return to public life again.
“I don’t see that he has much of a role [in the Royals] apart from Lord High Dogwalker – keeper of the royal corgis,” he told The Sun Online.
He explained that despite the civil case being settled, his issues around Virginia and his history with Epstein and Maxwell aren’t going away anytime soon.
Virginia is still set to release a tell-all memoir, and there are two rival films in the works about her interview with Emily Maitlis about the Newsnight car crash.
Cawthorne added that Andrew will be “lucky” if he keeps his home, The Royal Lodge.
Who would want him? Which supermarket or school wants Andrew to cut the ribbon?
He explained the brothers have a deep-rooted ‘rivalry’ that dates back to Andrew’s birth, their dueling careers in the Royal Navy and then the Duke’s ‘coup’ attempt in the 1990s, when Andrew attempted to impersonate William. Regent.
“And since then Andrew has constantly embarrassed The Firm,” Cawthorne said.
Although he was rebuffed, Andrew may remain indebted to Charles for money.
And if the king doesn’t support him, the duke could become a “loose cannon” and get closer to his “dodgy friends”, Cawthorne explained.
He added: “[Andrew] might end up embarrassing them even more – so instead [Charles] should give him some money “silence”.
And regarding Andrew’s desire to regain his military titles and patronage, Cawthorne said bluntly: “Who would want him?
“Which supermarket or school wants Andrew to cut the ribbon?”
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams agreed Andrew is unlikely to ever return to frontline life – instead he is likely to be placed in a backroom role within the royal estates.
Charles is said to be looking to keep the inactive Duke busy even as Andrew ruminates that he doesn’t seem to think he’s done anything wrong amid the scandals.
“It’s inconceivable at all that he can get his titles and sponsorships back,” he told The Sun Online.
“There is no public support for him.”
Fitzwilliams suggested the only way Andrew would return would be if he tried to redeem himself through charity work or cooperate with the FBI in their investigation of Epstein.
But the problem is simply that the Duke “doesn’t see it that way” because he doesn’t think he’s done anything to redeem himself.
“He doesn’t see that he transgressed beyond accepting that he was reckless,” he added.
Andrew was “without a doubt a loving son” and was “close to the Queen”, Fitzwilliams said.
But his “appalling” handling of scandals and his “thorny” relationship with Charles will likely doom him to a return to frontline duties.
Andrew is currently still a state councilor – a role which means he could temporarily replace Charles.
But it’s a role he’s had since 1981 – and one he’s held alongside Camilla, William, Harry and Beatrice.
It has been suggested Charles may be looking to ditch Andrew and replace him with their sister, Princess Anne.
And just weeks before his death, Andrew was said to have had “intense talks” with the Queen about his future.
Andrew has come under intense scrutiny in recent years over his friendship with Epstein and Maxwell.
But it also reopened questions about his finances and party lifestyle.
His private wealth has been described as “shrouded in mystery”.
Andrew is known to have rubbed shoulders with sketchy figures, such as Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev and Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi.
And there have been calls for a parliamentary inquiry into Andrew’s financial situation.
The Duke also pledged to help law enforcement investigating Epstein when he appeared on Newsnight – but more than 1,000 days later he is still not believed to have spoken to the FBI.