The Royal Family appeared “undivided” as they arrived in Balmoral last week, with Prince Andrew seen in a car with Princess Kate and Prince William.
After the King welcomed his younger brother back to Balmoral, the royals’ Scottish residence, the Duke was sighted with senior royals in a striking display of family togetherness.
According to sources, Andrew’s presence with Prince William and Kate Middleton demonstrates that the Royal Family is “undivided.”
The source said: “Safe to say it’s a holiday where the entire family has been invited, the entire family is participating and the entire family is included. “Anyone looking for a family-divided angle will be sorely disappointed.”
Nonetheless, one analyst says there is “no possibility” of him returning to royal duties.
According to royal critic Richard Fitzwilliams, the photos of Andrew walking to church with the Waleses were “clearly intended to send a message of family unity.”
However, he believes that this is not a hint that he will return to public service in any capacity.
He said: “This is a sad time for the Royal Family on their customary break at Balmoral. They and the nation will shortly be commemorating a year since the death of the Queen.”
Members of the Firm gathered at Scotland’s royal palace to celebrate the last few months of summer.
Balmoral has been the preferred summer retreat for senior members of the Royal Family for many decades, dating back to Queen Victoria’s acquisition of the estate.
King Charles and Queen Camilla followed tradition and welcomed their family for the first time as kings during the first summer following Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
Pictures taken over the weekend show the King and Camilla attending church with Prince William, Kate, Andrew, Edward, Sophie, and the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey.
William drove a Land Rover Defender to church, with Andrew in the front seat and Kate in the back. After the service, the passengers switched places.
Fitzwilliams said: “A glance at his [Andrew’s] non-existent popularity ratings in the polls makes the public mood very clear on this issue.
“However what is being emphasized is harmony on a personal level and clearly, he and his immediate family, who are also at Balmoral, will appreciate this a great deal, especially as the photographs we see today are such a very public statement of togetherness.”