The Duke of York: A Look at His Life Post-Royal Duties
The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, was recently pictured horse riding in Windsor Great Park, showcasing his love for equestrian sports. This came right after his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, showed support for the Princess of Wales at her Christmas carol concert. Prince Andrew, 63, donned riding gear and a helmet as he enjoyed a trot around Windsor Great Park, accompanied by an aide. Known for sharing his family’s love of equestrian sports much like his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke has a passion for horse riding that is evident in his recent activities.
Family Ties and Public Appearances
Despite his divorce from Sarah, Duchess of York in 1996, Prince Andrew and Sarah have remained on good terms and still reside together at Royal Lodge. As grandparents to Princess Eugenie’s sons, August and Ernest, and Princess Beatrice’s daughter, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, Andrew and Sarah continue to maintain a close-knit family dynamic. Since stepping back as a senior royal in November 2019, following his TV interview with BBC Newsnight, the Duke has made only a handful of public appearances, choosing to keep a low profile.
Legal Controversies and Stripped Titles
Amid legal challenges and public controversies, the Duke of York faced a significant setback when the late Queen Elizabeth II stripped him of his honorary military roles and prohibited the use of the style ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity. Additionally, Andrew faced a lawsuit from Virginia Giuffre, concerning allegations of connections to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Despite having vehemently denied the accusations, Andrew reached an undisclosed out-of-court settlement with Giuffre in early 2022.
Public Engagements and Future Expectations
While Andrew no longer carries out public duties or attends major royal events, he has made sporadic appearances at certain family and national gatherings. From attending services at St George’s Chapel in Windsor to joining the Easter Sunday service alongside extended members of the royal family, the Duke remains somewhat present in ceremonial functions. Furthermore, he was seen wearing his Knight of the Garter robes at King Charles’s coronation, despite having no official role in the historic occasion.
Upcoming Christmas Plans
Looking ahead, it is expected that Andrew will join the King and Queen at Sandringham for Christmas. Last year, he was seen walking alongside his younger brother, the Duke of Edinburgh, as the royals made their way to the service at St Mary Magdalene Church. Despite his altered public position and the challenges he has faced, the Duke of York continues to navigate through the complexities of his personal and public life with grace.