Prince Andrew has reportedly been lobbying the Queen to reinstate him as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards amid claims he believes his HRH title should be restored.
The beleaguered royal, who this year paid £12m to settle a civil sexual assault case in the US, wants to appear at official events alongside other members of the family, the Telegraph reports.
He is alleged to have also asked for daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie to be given duties as working royals.
A source told the paper: “The colonelcy of the Grenadier Guards was his most coveted title and he wants it back. Having remained a Counsellor of State, he also believes he should be included at royal and state events.
“Most importantly for him is his status a HRH and ‘Prince of the Blood’ and he feels that should be reinstated and his position recognised and respected.”
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the claims.
Despite stepping back from royal duties due to the lawsuit, in which Virginia Giuffre accused him of sexual assault when she was 17, he is due to make a public appearance on Monday.
The Duke of York, 62, will appear as a member of the Order of the Garter at the Garter Day service at Windsor.
It comes after he made a controversial appearance at Prince Philip’s memorial service, escorting the Queen to her seat.
However, he missed the Platinum Jubilee celebrations last weekend after contracting Covid.
The Queen has reportedly held secret talks with Andrew and senior royals to discuss his role.
He stepped down from royal duties and was stripped of his military titles and HRH status earlier this year.
Andrew denied Giuffre’s allegations against him and the settlement is not an admission of guilt.
A senior Palace source said behind-the-scenes meetings are being held to find a role for Prince Andrew away from the public spotlight, the Daily Mail reported.
The Queen has conducted family meetings to discuss a role that her second son could fulfil without a public backlash.