Prince Andrew angry ‘with Charles and William for blocking his public comeback’

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Prince Charles, 73, and Prince William, 39, both reportedly stepped in to prevent Prince Andrew's return to public life at Royal Ascot and the Order of the Garter Ceremony.

Andrew, 62, is understood to be enraged with his elder brother and nephew, who it is believed persuaded the Queen, 96, to stop Andrew from attending the full Order of the Garter Ceremony, which was presided over by his mother at Windsor Castle earlier this month.

Instead, he was only seen at some parts of the Knights of the Garter Ceremony.

Buckingham Palace reported that the Duke of York's absence from the Windsor Castle procession and Order of the Garter service was a "family decision".

He did join the Queen at the formal investiture of new members of the Order of the Garter – including Tony Blair and Charles' wife the Duchess of Cornwall – and at the lunch afterwards.

But his alleged bid to return to Royal duties has apparently been met with resistance from the two direct heirs to the throne, with Her Majesty supposedly telling Andrew to keep out of sight "for his own good".

The Queen also missed Royal Ascot for the first time during her reign and was replaced in Saturday's Royal procession by the Duke of Kent, Andrew's eldest daughter Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips and his partner, oil heiress Lindsay Wallace, also attended.

Kate Middleton had earlier stunned the Ascot crowd on Friday in a polka-dot dress, which revived memories of a similar one worn by her husband's mother Princess Diana in 1988.

A Guard of Honour, consisting of 70 children dressed in the Queen's purple, red and gold racing silks, welcomed the Royal party.

Beatrice, meanwhile, has started to fulfil a rising number of Royal engagements with Andrew believed to have pushed for his daughters to be given more duties.

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