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Friends insist Prince Andrew is plotting spectacular ‘John Profumo-style’ comeback

Prince Andrew plans a Profumo-style comeback

  • Friends insist the Duke of York is plotting a John Profumo-style comeback
  • Prince Andrew still holds hopes of a life of ‘public service’, they say
  • Profumo was an ex-Tory war minister whose affair saw his public life crumble
  • Clung back into favor and later redeemed himself with charity work










Prince Andrew’s friends said yesterday that he still believes he can live a life of ‘public service’ and may even try to reinvent himself ‘Profumo style’ once his legal problems are resolved.

Insiders say the Queen’s son could model himself after John Profumo, the former Tory minister of war, whose affair with Christine Keeler in the 1960s led to his resignation from Harold Macmillan’s government, though he was later able to self-destruct. to redeem.

“The Duke still feels he can make a positive contribution in some way,” a friend told the Daily Mail.

While the duke will focus on “clearing his name” for the foreseeable future, the source said charity work was “something he would like to return to.” As a member of the Royal Family, he has worked hard for dozens of charitable organizations and believes he has many more productive years ahead of him.”

Several of those charities left the Duke after he withdrew from public life in 2019 and his remaining patronage was taken away this week.

Prince Andrew's friends said yesterday that he still believes he has a life of

Prince Andrew’s friends said yesterday that he still believes he can live a life of ‘public service’ and may even try to reinvent himself ‘Profumo style’ once his legal problems are resolved.

Insiders say the Queen's son could model himself after John Profumo (pictured in Toynbee Hall, London in 1975), the former Tory Secretary of War, whose affair with Christine Keeler in the 1960s led to his resignation from the reign of Harold Macmillan, although he was later able to redeem himself

Insiders say the Queen’s son could model himself after John Profumo (pictured in Toynbee Hall, London in 1975), the former Tory Secretary of War, whose affair with Christine Keeler in the 1960s led to his resignation from the reign of Harold Macmillan, although he was later able to redeem himself

But the source added: “Hopefully there are other ways he can continue to serve, in time.”

Profumo initially denied his affair with Miss Keeler, a 19-year-old showgirl and model, in a statement to the Commons in 1963, but weeks later a police investigation proved that he had lied, damaging the credibility of the Macmillan government.

Public interest grew after reports that Keeler was also involved with Captain Yevgeny Ivanov, a Soviet naval attaché, raising a potential national security risk at the height of the Cold War.

Profumo kept silent about the scandal and devoted the rest of his life to charitable work.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: 'With the Queen's approval and consent, the Duke of York's military ties and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen'

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: ‘With the Queen’s approval and consent, the Duke of York’s military ties and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen’

In a brazen two-line statement, Buckingham Palace also forced Andrew to drop his HRH title and crushed his hopes to resume public duties

He started doing the dishes at Toynbee Hall, an East London charity, before becoming chairman and eventually president of the charity.

His work with Toynbee Hall, which helps people facing poverty and injustice, helped restore his reputation and in 1975 he was awarded a CBE.

He died with his honor restored — after rubbing the Queen’s shoulders again — in 2006.

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