Andrew makes a surprise appearance at Sandringham – but expert says he would ‘never work for the Royals’

Prince Andrew made a surprise appearance as the royal family enjoyed their annual Christmas tour of Sandringham – but a royal expert insists he will not be the ‘working royal’ he once was.

The Duke of York, 62, walked behind senior members of the royal family as crowds lined the road outside Sandringham Church for the traditional Christmas Day church service on his Norfolk estate.

King Charles was joined by Camilla, the Queen’s consort, at the head of the group, while the Welsh family walked right behind alongside their three children George, Charlotte and Louis.

Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank also attended.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York attends Christmas service at Sandringham Abbey

The disgraced duke waves towards the crowds that have lined up along the way to catch a glimpse of the royals on their traditional procession.

The disgraced duke waves towards the crowds that have lined up along the way to catch a glimpse of the royals on their traditional procession.

Andrew’s call to church service was seen by some as a potential olive branch towards the disgraced duke.

But royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said his appearance was unlikely to mark a comeback.

He told MailOnline: ‘Andrew’s appearance at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham comes today, a day after it was reported that he is now not allowed to own an office at Buckingham Palace, keep a small number of staff or use it as an address.

He is clearly on his own and may recruit his own team while he struggles with his rehabilitation.

He is still a member of the royal family hence his appearance. However, he is not and never will be a senior staff member of the royal family as before. King Charles made it clear.

It was reportedly recently stripped of taxpayer-funded security details. The Queen Consort now holds the removed position of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, previously held by his father, Prince Philip.

His ratings are rock bottom and his public appearances are toxic to the royal family. His banishment from the palace demonstrates that enough.

Another royal biographer said Charles wanted to make his mark by emphasizing “tolerance and family harmony” in the wake of the hit Netflix series Harry and Meghan.

The Sussex family was not present at the rally today, nor was it mentioned in the King’s Speech.

Sally Bedell-Smith said: ‘Charles has called the Duchess of York for the first time since her divorce from Prince Andrew.

The Duke of Edinburgh was the main obstacle to Fergie’s annexation, and the Queen had arranged for Fergie to stay near Wood Farm so that she could see her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie after the festivities at Sandringham.

King Charles was joined by Camilla, the Queen's consort, at the head of the group, while the Welsh family walked right behind alongside their three children George, Charlotte and Louis.

King Charles was joined by Camilla, the Queen’s consort, at the head of the group, while the Welsh family walked right behind alongside their three children George, Charlotte and Louis.

Wells arrives at a church service on Christmas Day in Sandringham earlier.  Pictured from left to right: Catherine, Princess of Wales;  Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William

Wells arrives at a church service on Christmas Day in Sandringham earlier. Pictured from left to right: Catherine, Princess of Wales; Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are pictured walking to a traditional church service on Christmas Day

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are pictured walking to a traditional church service on Christmas Day

Princess Beatrice smiles with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and stepson Christopher at Sandringham this morning

Princess Beatrice smiles with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and stepson Christopher at Sandringham this morning

The Duke is pictured outside Sandringham Abbey with senior members of the royal family during the traditional Christmas tour

The Duke is pictured outside Sandringham Abbey with senior members of the royal family during the traditional Christmas tour

Andrew speaks outside St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham where he joins other members of the royal family

Andrew speaks outside St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham where he joins other members of the royal family

It came after King Charles told Andrew he was ‘on his own’ in the wake of the scandal surrounding his ties to the late pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, a source has claimed.

The Duke of York has been told to stop using Buckingham Palace as office space, effectively severing his final bond with his old life as a working royal, according to a new report in The Sun.

A source was quoted as saying, “Any presence in the palace has officially ended.” The king made it clear. It is not a working monarch. He is alone.

As part of the king’s decision, Andrew, 62, will not be able to use the address for any future correspondence. Reportedly, the skeletal staff who have been retained since he stepped down from public service three years ago now face being fired.

The report follows the announcement of the Queen’s Consort Camilla as an ignominious replacement for the Duke as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards in a shake-up of senior royal military posts.

The change will also see the Princess of Wales promoted to her first role in the military, taking over the position of Colonel of the Irish Guards from her husband.

Prince William will become a colonel in the Welsh Guards instead.

Andrew inherited the position of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from his late father, the Duke of Edinburgh, when he retired from public life in 2017.

King Charles III laughs as he greets the crowd at Sandringham on Christmas Day, meeting them as a monarch for the first time while attending mass at Sandringham

King Charles III laughs as he greets the crowd at Sandringham on Christmas Day, meeting them as a monarch for the first time while attending Mass at Sandringham

After his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview in 2019, the Queen forced him to step down from his official royal duties.

Until this year, he’d retained 10 military affiliations, including a colonel in the Grenadier Guards, while working to clear his name amid the scandal of his relationship with American pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

He was finally stripped of the ceremonial title earlier this year in the wake of his decision to settle a civil suit with one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, who also accused him of assault.

A settlement was agreed last year, believed to have been in the region of $12m (£9.8m). He has always and vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier this year, the Duke of York broke down and cried when Charles told him, in no uncertain terms, that his days as working monarchs were over.

At the time, a source told the Mail on Sunday ‘Andrew was completely surprised’ and ‘completely bereft. He always thought there was a way back’.

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