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Royal Family's 'dogwalker-in-chief' Prince Andrew spotted horseriding as he faces uncertain future

The Prince, 62, was seen in riding gear and a blue fleece with a royal crest as he rode near where the Queen was laid to rest following her state funeral earlier this month.

Prince Andrew was spotted horseback riding in Windsor today for the second time since the Queen’s funeral amid rumors he faces a bleak future for a royal under Charles’ reign .

The Prince, 62, was seen in riding gear and a blue fleece with a royal crest as he rode near where the Queen was laid to rest following her state funeral earlier this month.

But his enjoyment of the outdoors could be all he has to hope for after royal experts claim he is at risk of being barred from the royal family under his brother’s reign, and will be nothing more as the royal’s ‘chief dog walker’.

The Queen’s second son returned to public life following the death of Elizabeth II earlier this month after stepping back from royal duties after details of his links to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein emerged.

He was briefly allowed to wear his military uniform as he and his siblings watched beside their mother’s coffin as she lay in state in Westminster Hall.

Prince Andrew also greeted mourners at Balmoral shortly after Her Majesty’s death as they gathered outside the castle where the Queen died to lay flowers and pay their respects.

But his bid to salvage his reputation is unlikely to succeed, royal watchers say.

It comes after King Charles was said to have been instrumental in the decision to strip the prince of all his royal titles in January this year.

The Prince, 62, was seen in riding gear and a blue fleece with a royal crest as he rode near where the Queen was laid to rest following her state funeral earlier this month.

The Prince, 62, was seen in riding gear and a blue fleece with a royal crest as he rode near where the Queen was laid to rest following her state funeral earlier this month.

Andrew was seen enjoying himself on his ride to Windsor, where he is often seen exercising the royal horses

Andrew was seen enjoying himself on his ride to Windsor, where he is often seen exercising the royal horses

His enjoyment of the outdoors could be all he has to hope for after royal experts claimed he was at risk of being left out of the royal family during his brother's reign

His enjoyment of the outdoors could be all he has to hope for after royal experts claimed he was at risk of being left out of the royal family during his brother’s reign

Prince Andrew could even be kicked out of the lavish Windsor mansion where he currently lives with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson

Prince Andrew could even be kicked out of the lavish Windsor mansion where he currently lives with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson

It is widely reported that King Charles is planning a lean monarchy during his reign, which could include a review of the Crown’s extensive real estate portfolio covering over 500,000 acres of land.

That would leave little room for Andrew, who could be content to care for his late mother’s dogs, Candy, Muick and Sandy, reports the Sun.

Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson will be staying at their lavish Windsor mansion for the near future but fear they will be ‘evicted’ amid a shake-up within the Royal Family.

Royal author Phil Dampier previously told MailOnline: ‘Prince Andrew will be devastated by the Queen’s death as he has always been her favorite child.

“Although he was out of favor because of his involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, he saw her even more privately than his siblings.

“Living at the Royal Lodge a short distance from Windsor Castle, he saw her almost daily. He supported her when she was most fragile and was always there for her in person or on the phone whenever she needed him.

“There was an unbreakable bond between them and she must have been devastated when her name was dragged through the mud.

“He had only himself to blame of course and it’s hard to feel sympathy for him, but as a mother she was always supportive.”

Following revelations of Prince Andrew’s ties to Epstein and his disastrous Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis, he faced a US lawsuit from Virgina Roberts – who now goes by her married name of Giuffre.

As pressure and bad publicity continued to pile on the Duke of York over the civil sexual assault case in New York, it was announced in January 2021 that the prince would lose his royal patronages so that ‘he can fight the allegations as a ‘private citizen’.

Despite vowing to fight Ms Roberts’ allegations against him in the civil case filed in New York – and repeatedly protesting his innocence – Andrew agreed to pay £12m to settle the case before it reaches a jury.

Andrew said he would make a “substantial donation” to his charity supporting victims’ rights and also praised his “bravery”, saying he had “never intended” to slander his character.

He last appeared in an official capacity in March at a memorial service for Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died last year.

It was not without controversy after he arrived with the Queen of Windsor and supported her as she used a cane to get to her seat.

He then helped her out of the church and into the royal limo at the end of the service.

Prince Andrew and his siblings walk behind the Queen's coffin on September 14 ahead of the state

Prince Andrew and his siblings walk behind the Queen’s coffin on September 14 ahead of the state

Prince Andrew stood in front of the family as he greeted well-wishers at Balmoral

Prince Andrew stood in front of the family as he greeted well-wishers at Balmoral

But despite his best efforts, it has been reported that he faces a bleak future with his brother as monarch.

But despite his best efforts, it has been reported that he faces a bleak future with his brother as monarch.

International media were quick to notice the important role he was allowed to play in the service, given that he had only reached the costly settlement with Ms Giuffre a few weeks earlier.

Ms Giuffre has claimed Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell trafficked her from the US specifically to have sex with the prince when she was 17.

Epstein killed himself in his jail cell after being arrested for sex trafficking girls as young as 14 in 2019.

Maxwell was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for various sex trafficking offences, including against children, in June this year.

It was later reported that Prince William and King Charles had expressed concerns ‘more than once’ about the optics of allowing the Duke to escort the 96-year-old monarch to her seat during such a high-profile event.

Reports said the king and his son had also played a pivotal role in advocating for Andrew to be stripped of all his royal titles and patronages earlier in the year.

Andrew was later banished from the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, an act which royal experts say proved there was ‘no coming back’ for the disgraced Duke .

But in the aftermath of the Queen’s death, Prince Andrew played a prominent role in official and ceremonial proceedings.

This included walking behind the Queen’s coffin on various occasions and standing guard over her coffin with her other siblings.

When he welcomed royal fans to Balmoral alongside his daughters and various other family members, including Edward the Earl of Wessex and his children, royal commentators were quick to point out that it could have been an attempt for him to save his public image.

Mr Dampier added of Andrew: ‘When he was a baby he was not seen in public for months and there were even rumors that something was wrong with him. But it was just that she was protecting him and spending time with him, which she didn’t have with Charles and Anne who were ten years older.

“Andrew was known as ‘the love child’ because his birth marked a new era for the Queen having two children after a gap. There had also been rumors in the mid-1950s that all was not well with her marriage to Prince Philip and so a new child called them off.

“He was probably a little spoiled as a child and let loose, which might explain his arrogance as an adult. Maybe she spoiled him too much and definitely should have asked him more about his lifestyle long before he got any legal advice.

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