Prince Andrew ‘hopes Philip’s funeral opens door to return as working royal’

Prince Andrew hopes Prince Philip's funeral will open a door for him to return as a working royal, it is reported.

The Duke of York made a rare public appearance when he was seen in front of the cameras to pay tribute to his father Prince Philip on Sunday.

He had been keeping a low profile after his car-crash Newsnight interview in November 2019.

The duke denied all wrongdoing and meeting an alleged teenage sex slave of the late convicted paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

He claimed he was at a Pizza Hut in Woking when they were allegedly introduced and that he couldn't sweat as Virginia Roberts described.

The aftermath saw him step back from royal duties but a source told the Mail Online that he was still the Queen's favourite son and speaks to her on a daily basis.

They added: "He still does believe in his heart of hearts that he can return and that time will be a healer. He thinks he will be able to resume royal duties at some point and save his reputation.

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"He hopes the public if he's supporting his mother in this difficult time, might give him the benefit of the doubt.

"Prince Andrew might hope that this sad situation changes things, but Prince Charles is adamant there is no way back while allegations hang over him."

The source said "no one" could stop the duke speaking on camera to pay tribute to his 99-year-old father in a "private capacity".

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His brothers Princes Charles and Edward did so as well while their sister Princess Anne chose to release a written statement instead.

Speaking after attending a Sunday church service, the Duke of York said the death of the Queen's husband "left a huge void in her life".

He said it was like losing a "grandfather of the nation", adding: "The Queen as you would expect is an incredibly stoic person. She described his passing as a miracle and she’s contemplating, I think is the way that I would put it.

"She described it as having left a huge void in her life but we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we’re there to support her.

"We’ve lost almost the grandfather of the nation. And I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother who’s feeling it probably more than everybody else."

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