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Prince Andrew walked to Sunday church service separately so he and The Queen were not pictured together


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The Duke of York walked to church on Sunday morning to avoid photographers snapping pictures of him next to The Queen.

Her Majesty arrived by car to the Royal Chapel of All Saints, while Prince Andrew walked separately.

A source told The Sun: “He walked to the church so they weren’t pictured together.”

Prince Andrew likely made the decision to arrive at church separately to his mother due to the criticism they received in August after they were pictured together just a day after Jeffrey Epstein was found dead.

Seeing The Queen smiling next to her son less than 24-hours after the disgraced financier killed himself was too much for many to stomach, with commentators noting that Andrew should have arrived separately.

The Duke of York’s interview with BBC Newsnight on Saturday has been widely condemned as calamitous, with royal commentators universally calling the 50-minute discussion a PR disaster.

However, there is at least one person who thought the interview went well – Prince Andrew himself.

According to The Sun, the 59-year-old prince told his mother, The Queen, that his interrogation by Emily Maitlis was “a great success.”

Speaking to the paper, a friend of Andrew’s said: “The Duke went to church with the Queen and was heard telling her it’s all been a great success.

“He thinks he’s done the right thing and has put the criticism to rest. He was all smiles and was looking very buoyant and happy.”