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Prince Andrew will not attend this year’s Trooping the Colour

ANDREW SNUB

PRINCE Andrew will not attend this year’s Trooping the Colour, dashing his hopes of returning to royal duties.

He will be replaced by Maj Gen Roland Walker, a decorated Afghanistan veteran who is a former commanding officer of the Grenadier Guards.

Plans for June’s parade — the first major royal event since Covid — have been approved by the Queen, with a final decision expected next month.

The Duke of York was appointed an honorary Colonel of the Grenadier Guards in 2017.

But he stepped back from public life in November 2019 after his BBC Newsnight interview about his links to dead paedo Jeffrey Epstein. 

A senior royal source said: “He was an assiduous colonel but it has all been overshadowed by the other stuff.”

They added: “It’s a very difficult one for the Grenadiers and for the Queen."

Buckingham Palace said nothing had changed since Andrew’s statement in November 2019.

Piers Morgan says Prince Andrew shouldn't be in line of succession due to his refusal to cooperate with Epstein inquiry

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