The Duke of Cambridge said he would pull out of the Order of the Garter ceremony, held today, if the Duke of York made a public comeback. His reported intervention suggests it is highly unlikely the Queen’s second son will succeed in making a return to public life.
A source quoted in the Evening Standard stressed that “the Duke of Cambridge was adamant”.
They added: “If York insisted on taking part publicly, he would withdraw.”
The event saw Sir Tony Blair, the Duchess of Cornwall and Baroness Amos awarded with Britain’s highest royal order of chivalry.
It is understood the Duke of York was permitted only to attend the non-public aspects of the ceremony.
These included a private lunch.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Duke of York will attend the investiture and lunch today but will not be part of the procession or service.”
Responding to the report on the Duke of Cambridge’s threat, Daily Mail Diary Editor Richard Eden wrote in a post on Twitter: “Good for William!”
Prince Andrew was spotted arriving at Windsor Castle ahead of the event earlier today.
They added William and Charles had hoped “common sense” would prevail and Prince Andrew would not seek to play a prominent role in the event.
This was his first public appearance since following the conclusion of the US civil case brought against him by accuser Virginia Giuffre.
The Duke of York has consistently denied all the claims made against him by Ms Giuffre.
But commentators suggest a return to public life remains extremely unlikely.
Nick Goldstone, head of dispute resolution at law firm once told Express.co.uk in February the Prince is likely to make attempts to “rehabilitate himself”.
Despite this, the legal expert predicted he would remain “off stage”.