Prince Andrew could be banned from the Queen’s Christmas Day church service over fears that his ties to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal would spark protests and even further humiliation for the royal family, it was claimed Thursday.
Royal courtiers are discussing asking the royal to stay away from the high-profile annual event, according to The Sun, which claims sex abuse campaigners are planning to infiltrate the crowds.
There are “genuine concerns” that campaigners plan to “jeer the Duke” as the royal family unites in front of the world’s media, causing “further embarrassment” for the monarchy, a royal source told the UK paper.
The debate is causing heartbreak for Andrew’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who is torn between the love of her son and protecting the monarchy.
“The Queen is already deeply upset about this situation because she loves her son very much,” the source told The Sun.
“It is hard to believe she would ever be able to bring herself to tell Andrew not to come, given they attend church together all the time.
“But there is a hope that he realizes just how much worse the situation could become if he is the subject to a public protest on Christmas day so decides to stay away himself.”
Andrew’s ties to his pedophile pal Epstein ultimately led to his downfall when he tried to justify them in a disastrous BBC interview, getting dumped from royal duties.
The scandal escalated when accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre gave her own BBC interview that aired Monday, repeating her allegations that she was sex trafficked by Epstein to have sex three times with the prince.
Buckingham Palace “emphatically denied” that Andrew “had any form of sexual contact or relationship” with her, insisting, “Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”