Prince Andrew ‘pressed hard’ to prevent Charles from becoming king, explosive book claims

An explosive new book claims Prince Andrew has “pressed hard” to prevent Charles from becoming king.

According to royal biographer Angela Levine, the Duke of York allegedly campaigned against his brother ascending to the throne, hoping that Prince William would be crowned instead.


Prince Andrew allegedly lobbied ‘extremely’ against Charles becoming kingCredit: Getty – Contributor

Levine’s new book on Camilla’s life, Queen Consort, claims that Andrew wanted his nephew to receive the crown before he was 18 so he could take over as regent.

He is also said to have tried to turn Queen Elizabeth against his brother’s partner – appearing ‘too angry’ that he could not ‘somehow rule the country’.

Quoting Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s “Chief Insider: From Untouchable to Queen Consort,” Mrs. Levine wrote: “Andrew lobbied hard in the hope that Charles would not become king upon his mother’s death, and that William would wear the crown.”

It is also said that a top insider in the palace told her that when Princess Diana was alive, she plotted with Andrew – through her friendship with Sarah Ferguson – to try to keep Charles aside.

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The source said: “It was dark and strange times where paranoia became a reality, and that was a concern.

“His behavior was very negative and very unpleasant for Quinn [Elizabeth]who disagreed. I was told it was one of the rare occasions he didn’t work out.”

They added, “However, it was clear that he was very angry that he could not somehow govern the country.

“He has been so hostile to Camilla’s appearance and acceptance that it is doubtful that she was tolerated.”

In the book excerpt, The Telegraph, Angela Levine goes on to write about Andrew’s alleged hostility toward Charles’s marriage to Camilla – claiming that the Duke was “toxic” and “very bad” about her to Queen Elizabeth.

According to the biographer’s sources, Andrew’s claims included that she was insufficiently aristocratic and “cannot be trusted.”

It comes just months after the late Queen addressed the nation earlier this year, insisting on her “sincere wish” that Camilla be known as the Queen Consort upon her death.

Royal sources said the late monarch made the decision in recognition of Camilla’s hard work as well as the happiness she brings to her son.

In a statement marking her accession earlier this year, the Queen said: “I remain forever grateful, and humbled, for the loyalty and affection you still give me.

And when my son Charles becomes king at the height of time, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support you gave me.

“It is my sincere hope that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her loyal service.”

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Prince Andrew’s representatives declined to comment.

Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.

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