Prince Andrew secretly plotted with Princess Diana and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson to try to prevent Charles becoming King and allow Prince William to take the throne with the Duke of York as Regent, an explosive new biography claimed today.
Andrew is also alleged to have ‘lobbied’ the Queen and campaigned against the marriage between Charles and Camilla, now King and Queen Consort, telling his mother that she was not trustworthy.
Angela Levin’s new book on the life of Camilla, serialised in the Telegraph, claims that the Duke of York was ‘very nasty’ to her and conspired with Princess Diana to prevent the Queen’s eldest son from becoming King.
Under Andrew’s alleged plan, William would have been lined up for the throne with Charles pushed out and Andrew made Regent if the Queen had died before William was 18.
Citing a ‘senior insider’, Ms Levin writes that the Duke of York ‘plotted’ with Diana to ‘push Prince Charles aside’, with the aim of Prince Andrew becoming ‘Regent to Prince William’.
‘Andrew lobbied very hard with the hope that Charles would not become king when his mother died, and that William would wear the crown’, she said.
Ms Levin added the Prince ‘lobbied very hard’ to try and prevent his older brother from taking to the throne.
Prince Andrew is said to have ‘lobbied’ the Queen to try and position himself as Regent to Prince William
The Prince is also said to have opposed the now-King Charles marriage to Camilla
Andrew’s alleged plot would have seen William on the throne should the Queen have died – with Andrew as Regent
A ‘senior insider’ at the palace is said to have told Ms Levin: ‘When Diana was alive, through her friendship with Andrew’s wife Sarah, [Duchess of York] she plotted with Andrew to try to push Prince Charles aside so Prince Andrew could become Regent to Prince William, who was then a teenager.
‘They were dark and strange times, where paranoia became reality, and this was a worry.
The explosive claims are in Angela Levin’s new biography, based around Camilla’s life
‘His behaviour was very, very negative and extremely unpleasant to Queen [Elizabeth], who disagreed. I was told it was one of the rare occasions he didn’t get his way.
‘Nonetheless, he was apparently very angry that he couldn’t rule the country in some way. He remained so hostile to Camilla’s emergence and acceptance that it’s doubtful it has ever been forgiven.’
Buckingham Palace and representatives for the Duke of York have been contacted for comment.
Ms Levin also wrote about the Duke’s hostility to Charles’ marriage to Camilla, claiming Andrew was ‘poisonous’ and ‘very nasty’ about her to the late Queen Elizabeth.
The insider said: ‘He tried to persuade the Queen to block Charles marrying Camilla by being quite poisonous, mean, unhelpful and very nasty about Camilla.’
These claims allegedly included that Camilla was insufficiently aristocratic and was untrustworthy.
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