Prince Andrew’s appearance at his father Prince Philip’s memorial service “enraged people”, according to the co-author of Meghan Markle’s and Prince Harry ’s biography.
The Duke of York was given a prominent role at Tuesday’s (March 29) Service of Thanksgiving for Philip as he helped support the Queen from her car to the inside of Westminster Abbey.
It marked the first time Andrew was seen at such a high profile event with the Royal Family since he agreed to an out of settlement over sexual assault allegations brought against him by Virginia Giuffre.
Ms Giuffre was suing Andrew for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 after being trafficked by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The lawsuit, which was due to be heard in the UK, was stripped of his royal patronage and military titles as a result of the allegations.
Omid Scobie, co-author of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s biography Finding Freedom, believes the decision to give Andrew such a role angered people who wanted to support the Queen.
Speaking on an episode of The Royal Report podcast, Mr Scobie said: "It enraged people because we wanted to support the queen at that moment. We wanted it to be her day and it was a beautiful service.
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"I at that moment just felt angry because I knew where this was all going to head. The focus would move over to Andrew, the service itself would be completely overshadowed and that's exactly what happened."
He continued by adding that Andrew is "still a man that has shown no accountability for his role in anything.”
Leading UK psychotherapist and body language expert Nick Davies watched Andrew as he escorted the Queen during the memorial service.
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He believes his simple nod as he left the Queen at the front stopped his attempt to show his “empathetic side” to the general public.
Nick told the Daily Star: “I think having Andrew support the Queen as she comes in could have also been to soften his image with the general public and show his empathetic side, however he betrays this by just nodding to her as they move to their seats on either side of the isle rather than checking of she's OK to make the last few steps.”
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