Prince William made no response today when asked whether he backed his uncle the Duke of York, who is embroiled in a civil case around alleged sexual assault which he denies.
Second in line to the throne William was leaving the Foundling Museum in London with the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton when a member of a TV news crew asked: “Do you support Prince Andrew?”
The duke leaned closer to hear but then walked past without commenting, remaining tight-lippeed.
Andrew stopped using his HRH style and was stripped of his prestigious honorary military roles by the Queen less than a week ago. He is said to be “utterly devastated”.
William and the Prince of Wales would have been involved in the crisis talks to decide the duke’s future, ahead of Andrew being summoned to Windsor Castle to learn of his fate.
The Duke, 61, was given the news by the Queen after she reportedly consulted Princes Charles and William.
A source said: “The Prince is utterly devastated. He was tearful when told the news, even though he expected it."
Andrew is facing a civil sexual assault case in the US, but denies the allegations.
The monarchy is seeking to distance itself from the ninth in line to the throne as the institution gears up for the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee this year.
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On Friday, Charles refused to answer questions about the duke’s position while meeting people involved in the clear-up operation after Storm Arwen in the north east of Scotland.
Virginia Giuffre is suing Andrew for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.
She claims she was trafficked by the duke’s friend, convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, to have sex with Andrew three times when she was 17 and a minor under US law.
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