King Charles III firmly told Prince Andrew that he will never return to royal duties — leaving his disgraced younger brother “utterly bereft” and in tears, according to a report.
Despite being “fired” from his duties nearly three years ago, Andrew was still “blindsided” and reduced to tears by his brother’s words during a morning meeting shortly before the death of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, an insider told the Mail on Sunday.
He was soon in tears again when told he was banned from wearing a military uniform to his mother’s funeral, the UK paper said.
“Naive as it may sound, he always had hopes of regaining his position as a senior royal,” the insider said of Andrew, 62, who was also stripped of his royal titles over his ties to late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his sex scandal.
“At the meeting, Charles told him that he can go off and have a good life, a nice life, but that his public life as a royal is at an end. He was told, ‘You have to accept this,’” the insider said.
“Andrew was totally blindsided … He is utterly bereft. He always believed there was a way back,” the source said.
“Until the face-to-face meeting with his brother, Andrew believed that there was a way back — that somehow he could be rehabilitated and play a role in The Firm going forward,” the source reportedly said.
“He came out of the meeting shaken. He is still in shock.
“He is completely lost and very depressed.”
So depressed, in fact, he has become a “virtual recluse” at home in Windsor, the insider said.
“He has no idea what the future holds and has no real plans,” the Mail’s insider said, insisting the prince “is in bad shape.”
“He is struggling to accept this is the end of the road for him as a royal. It is all he has ever known,” the source reportedly said.
Buckingham Palace and a spokeswoman for Andrew declined to comment, the UK paper said.