Prince Andrew was spotted leaving his home in Windsor this morning just days after he was snubbed from the official photos from his daughter Princess Beatrice’s secret wedding.
The shamed royal, who was seen driving in his black Land Rover accompanied by a security guard, has only been spotted three times since his daughter’s wedding last Friday.
Beatrice married Italian property developer Edo Mapelli Mozzi in a surprise ceremony at All Saints Chapel on Friday, later releasing pictures alongside the Queen and Prince Philip.
Prince Andrew was spotted leaving his home in Windsor this morning just days after he was snubbed from the official photos from his daughter Princess Beatrice’s secret wedding
However, her father the Duke of York was notably absent, after coming under fire for his links to disgraced paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, who was arrested for her role in allegedly procuring young girls for the financier.
Andrew was spotted driving himself from the Royal Lodge this afternoon, just days after Beatrice, 31, and Edo, 37, tied the knot.
He was conspicuously missing from a series of wedding photos released by the happy couple in the days following the ceremony.
The shamed royal, who was seen driving in his black Land Rover accompanied by a security guard, has only been spotted three times since his daughter’s wedding last Friday
The Duke is currently being called to help the FBI with their investigation of Ghislaine Maxwell.
His six-month standoff with the FBI deepened after Maxwell was detained for allegedly helping to lure underage girls who were then sexually abused by Epstein.
Her arrest in Bradford, New Hampshire, intensified calls for Andrew to be quizzed about any involvement he may have had, despite him denying wrongdoing.
He has also denied claims by Virginia Roberts, Epstein’s sex slave, that he slept with her on several occasions.
The royal put his legal troubles aside for the wedding, as a source revealed daughter Beatrice isolated with her family ‘for some time’, in order for her father to be able to walk her down the aisle.
Princess Beatrice tied the knot to Italian property developer Edo Mapelli Mozzi in a surprise ceremony on Friday, releasing pictures alongside the Queen and Prince Philip on Saturday – but the shamed Duke of York was notably absent
The couple opted to have a small ceremony with roughly 20 people in line with social distancing guidelines, and in order to shield the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, who are in the vulnerable category.
Stunning photos show Beatrice and Edo posing standing in the flower-adorned arch of the Royal Chapel of All Saints, in the grounds of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s home of Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park after the ceremony.
However, the Duke is not in the photos, with the Queen and Prince Philip standing at a suitable social distance from the happy couple in another photo.
The clandestine nature of the hastily arranged nuptials meant the Queen’s beleaguered son was spared appearing in public.
Notably Prince Andrew is not in the photos, with the Queen and Prince Philip standing at a suitable social distance from the happy couple in another photo. The Queen looked resplendent in a turquoise suit dress and matching hat, wearing her beloved pearl necklace for the occasion.
Family friends insisted the secretive nature of the wedding was not down to Andrew’s issues over the Epstein scandal.
Andrew was also seen driving away from Royal Lodge the day after his daughter’s nuptials.
He was wearing a rugby-style jersey emblazoned with the Order of the Garter motto: Honi soit qui maly pense – meaning ‘May he be shamed who thinks badly of it’
It comes as it was claimed Andrew discussed the Queen Mother while having a massage on the island home of his paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein.
Princess Beatrice isolated with Prince Andrew and her family at their home in Windsor Park’s Great Lodge ‘for some time’, an insider has claimed
According to Heidi Windel, an adult masseuse hired in 1999 to give him the treatment during a stay at Little St James in the US Virgin Islands, the Prince said that he and his grandmother both had the ‘gift of the gab’.
Ms Windel also claims that Andrew joked with her that he had been bitten on his backside by a mosquito.
The masseuse, who is now 75, told Air Mail, a newsletter written by former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, that Ghislaine Maxwell asked her to set up a massage table in one of the cottages on the 75-acre island.
Ms Windel recalled: ‘I went to the door to let Lady Maxwell know I was ready and in comes a man, hand outstretched, who says, ”Hi, I’m Andrew.”
‘When the massage was over he got very chatty and had me in stitches talking about the errant mosquito that had evaded its net the night before and bitten his ”royal a**e”.’
Heidi Windel, now 75, claimed to have given several non-sexual massages to the Duke of York when she was working on Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean island (above)
Ms Windel said Prince Andrew then told her ‘that his grandmother and him both had the gift of gab’ before thanking her for a ‘smashing’ massage. However, the masseuse said that she did not like Maxwell, who was last week denied bail by a court in New York, where she denied sex trafficking and perjury offences.
‘She had a superior attitude, very much in charge, ice-cold,’ Ms Windel said.
She added: ‘The staff was really subordinated to her: it was always ‘Yes, ma’am, yes, ma’am’ – never any discussion.’
Virginia Roberts, one of Epstein’s victims, claims that she was coerced into having sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions, including on Little St James in 2001.
The Prince has vehemently and repeatedly denied her claims and any wrongdoing.
Epstein’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, where the American billionaire financier abused a succession of teenage girls, has been targeted by protesters, who have scrawled ‘Gone but not forgiven’ on the gates in red paint.