The Duke of York rejected his elder brother’s offer of a job almost 20 years ago.
Back in 2001, after Prince Andrew left the Royal Navy, the Prince of Wales extended an offer of employment to his younger brother.
The Duke of York was asked if he wanted to become an aide to the future king, something he declined.
Instead, Prince Andrew accepted an offer from senior Labour MP Peter Mandelson to become an international trade emissary for the government.
However, in 2011 the Duke was forced to stand down from his position as trade envoy over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Had he accepted the offer of becoming an aide in 2001, then one wonders whether the events of today would have been any different.
One aide said: “Andrew could have been the one member of the family that Charles relied on.”
Last week, the Prince was forced to stand down from public duties due to his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
In a statement, Prince Andrew says that he asked The Queen for permission to step back from public duties, action she agreed to support.
The Duke also confirmed that he would be willing to speak to law enforcement officials if required.
The Duke faced a huge following the broadcast of his 50 minute interview, in which he said he did not regret his friendship with convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
In a statement released last week, the Duke did clarify that he regrets his ‘ill-judged association’ with Epstein.