• Prince Andrew caused some scandals
  • That's why he lost his royal titles
  • King Charles is said to have decided whether Andrew can ever come back

Prince Andrew, 62, retired from royal duties and public life earlier this year because of his association with Jeffrey Epstein.

New details have emerged about how his hopes of returning to the status of working royals were decided. The whole thing happened at a meeting at King Charles' (73) estate of Birkhall in Scotland a few days before the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II (†96).

Prince Andrew: King Charles has made a bitter decision

During the talks between King Charles III and Prince Andrew, who was described as "emotional and fraught", no other royal guests were present. A source told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "he came out of the meeting shaken. He is still in shock. He is completely lost and very depressed."

Andrew tried several times to speak to the late Queen about a return to the royal family, but to no avail. "He always believed there was a way back. Andrew was extremely close to the Queen and tried to raise the issue of his return to public life many times with her. On some occasions she would say mildly conciliatory things, but most of the time she would change the subject immediately," the insider said.

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Prince Andrew has lost all his military titles and royal patronages and will not be present at the Remembrance Day memorial service next week at the cenotaph as he no longer has a role to play.