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Prince Andrew broke cover at Windsor today a week after his high-profile role at the Queen‘s side during Prince Philip‘s Westminster Abbey memorial service provoked a furious fallout. 

The shamed royal was seen driving through Windsor Great Park in his Range Rover, before enjoying an early morning horse ride. 

The Royal Family was left ‘dismayed’ by Andrew’s decision to take centre stage at his father Philip’s memorial service last week – amid suggestions The Queen was giving a sign of ‘endorsement’ in her son.

Andrew insisted on accompanying the monarch from Windsor Castle to the thanksgiving event at Westminster Abbey.

The shamed royal was seen driving through Windsor Great Park this morning behind the wheel of his Range Rover

The shamed royal was seen driving through Windsor Great Park this morning behind the wheel of his Range Rover

The shamed royal was seen driving through Windsor Great Park this morning behind the wheel of his Range Rover

He was also seen taking an early morning horse ride through the park - where he lives in the Royal Lodge

He was also seen taking an early morning horse ride through the park - where he lives in the Royal Lodge

He was also seen taking an early morning horse ride through the park – where he lives in the Royal Lodge 

Andrew trotted alongside a companion during this morning's ride, which took place when the park was relatively empty of visitors

Andrew trotted alongside a companion during this morning's ride, which took place when the park was relatively empty of visitors

Andrew trotted alongside a companion during this morning’s ride, which took place when the park was relatively empty of visitors 

To the shock of many in the congregation, though, he then escorted his mother all the way to her front-row position – in full view of the live broadcast cameras. 

It had been expected that the Dean of Westminster would take the Queen to her seat, with Andrew behind.

But a Palace source told The Sunday Times the duke is ‘delusional if he thinks what happened last Tuesday meant he had any chance of resuming a public role’.

Andrew sparked yet more controversy days later by issuing a now-deleted statement about the Falklands War that was signed off as ‘HRH’, despite Buckingham Palace saying he would no longer use the title. 

The duke, 62, wrote more than 700 words about his experience in the Falklands in posts on his ex-wife’s Instagram account on Saturday – before they were hurriedly taken down. 

Andrew flew missions as a Sea King helicopter pilot during the conflict and recalled being shot at. But Buckingham Palace and the duke’s aides were unaware he had published the posts, it was claimed.

Andrew - seen today - shocked the congregation at Westminster Abbey when he insisted on escorting the Queen to her seat

Andrew - seen today - shocked the congregation at Westminster Abbey when he insisted on escorting the Queen to her seat

Andrew – seen today – shocked the congregation at Westminster Abbey when he insisted on escorting the Queen to her seat

Like much of the rest of the Royal Family, Andrew is a keen horse rider. He is pictured during a morning ride today

Like much of the rest of the Royal Family, Andrew is a keen horse rider. He is pictured during a morning ride today

Like much of the rest of the Royal Family, Andrew is a keen horse rider. He is pictured during a morning ride today 

The musings were initially signed off as ‘written by HRH The Duke of York’, despite the Queen having stripped Andrew of his honorary military titles in January following the dramatic fallout from his civil sex case.

At the time, a royal source said Andrew, who was born a HRH, would no longer use it in any official capacity. 

The ‘HRH’ was removed from the posts, before the reflection was deleted in its entirety two hours later. 

In the first Instagram post, Sarah wrote: ‘I asked Andrew this morning for his reflections on the anniversary of his sailing from Portsmouth to the Falkland Islands 40 years ago.’

Andrew’s account began: ‘As I sit here at my desk on this cold crisp spring morning thinking back to April 1982 I’ve tried to think what was going through my mind as we sailed out of Portsmouth lining the flight deck of HMS INVINCIBLE.’

The Queen held onto Andrew's elbow with her left hand and had a walking stick in her right at Westminster Abbey last Tuesday

The Queen held onto Andrew's elbow with her left hand and had a walking stick in her right at Westminster Abbey last Tuesday

The Queen held onto Andrew’s elbow with her left hand and had a walking stick in her right at Westminster Abbey last Tuesday

The Queen goes to take her seat as Andrew goes towards his for Prince Philip's service at Westminster Abbey

The Queen goes to take her seat as Andrew goes towards his for Prince Philip's service at Westminster Abbey

The Queen goes to take her seat as Andrew goes towards his for Prince Philip’s service at Westminster Abbey

It concluded: ‘So whilst I think back to a day when a young man went to war, full of bravado, I returned a changed man.

‘I put away childish things and false bravado and returned a man full in the knowledge of human frailty and suffering.

‘My reflection makes me think even harder and pray even more fervently for those in conflict today, for those family’s (sic) torn apart by the horrors they have witnessed.

‘And, i’m (sic) afraid to say, that the historical perspective my short war has taught me is this – war is failure to keep peace; war is failure of human judgement; war is failure to recognise we need to seek permission to understand another persons perspective or reality, whether or not we agree or disagree with that perspective or reality.’

Andrew also recalled being shot at, writing: ‘I was flying and saw a chaff shell fired from one of our ships that passed not that far in front of us.

‘For a moment it was on a steady bearing before it began to cross to our left.

‘The terror that that was going to be that, just for a moment, has had a lasting and permanent effect on me.’  

Andrew sparked yet more controversy days later by issuing a now-deleted statement about the Falklands War that was signed off as 'HRH', despite Buckingham Palace saying he would no longer use the title

Andrew sparked yet more controversy days later by issuing a now-deleted statement about the Falklands War that was signed off as 'HRH', despite Buckingham Palace saying he would no longer use the title

Andrew sparked yet more controversy days later by issuing a now-deleted statement about the Falklands War that was signed off as ‘HRH’, despite Buckingham Palace saying he would no longer use the title 

Andrew's reflection appeared in three posts on the Instagram account of his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and were signed off 'HRH The Duke of York'. The post was then apparently changed to remove the HRH before being deleted

Andrew's reflection appeared in three posts on the Instagram account of his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and were signed off 'HRH The Duke of York'. The post was then apparently changed to remove the HRH before being deleted

Andrew’s reflection appeared in three posts on the Instagram account of his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and were signed off ‘HRH The Duke of York’. The post was then apparently changed to remove the HRH before being deleted

Source: DailyMail

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