PRINCE Andrew could be sent away to Scotland to escape the "public gaze" after the Queen held secret talks on his future.
Her Majesty has reportedly spoke with the Duke of York and senior members of the Royal Family regarding ways the scandal-hit Prince can rebuild his life away from the attention of the public.
Andrew, 61, was seen enjoying a horse ride in the sunshine in Windsor on Saturday after missing the Jubilee celebrations with Covid.
The Duke remains a member of the Order of the Garter and is expected to attend its annual ceremony on Monday.
However, concerns apparently remain within the Palace that any return to public life would be badly received by the people, the Daily Mail reports.
The disgraced Duke was stripped of his military titles and HRH status in January while he faced sexual abuse allegations that he denied in a civil lawsuit.
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He agreed to pay a sum reportedly up to £12 million to settle the case.
Following the legal battle, a senior Palace source confirmed meetings are underway behind the scenes to find a new role for him away from the spotlight – with one alleged option being sent to Scotland.
A statement read: "Clearly at some point soon, thought will have to be given as to how to support the Duke as, away from the public gaze, he seeks slowly to rebuild his life in a different direction."
The Palace source added: "There is, of course, a real awareness and sensitivity to public feelings.
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"There is also recognition that the task of starting to support him as he begins to rebuild his life will be the first step on a long road and one that should not be played out every day in the glare of the public spotlight."
Reports have also said that the Queen will stand by her decision to ban Andrew from official duties.
It comes soon after the controversial Prince was embroiled in a fresh £1.6million row over debt.
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The Prince was slammed as an "absolute fool" as the sale of his Swiss ski chalet was frozen.
Andrew is said to be disputing the amount he owes the Swiss couple, although he does not deny the unpaid debt.
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