William wishes Andrew would ‘vanish’ from slimmed down Royal Family, says source

Prince William believes a slimmed down Royal Family without controversial figures like Prince Andrew is what ensures the future of the Firm, according to a source.

William is lobbying the Queen to have his uncle Andrew barred from public life after his relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein became high-profile news.

This coincides with a belief, reportedly shared by his father, that a more streamlined version of the Royal Family is the way forward.

"He has strong views on the Duke of York and believes his insistence in trying to cling on to a public role is highly dangerous for the institution," a source told the Daily Mail's royal correspondent Rebecca English.

"He would have cut him loose a long time ago if it had been up to him. He understands that when it comes to mother and son the situation is complicated, but honestly I think he just wishes he would vanish from public view," the friend of William said.

The news comes after reports that a “family decision” was taken to limit the Duke of York’s appearance on Garter Day to a behind-the-scenes lunch and investiture ceremony.

Charles and William reportedly lobbied the Queen about his participation.

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"He feels very strongly about this and if it had been up to him he would have pushed for things to have happened a lot faster than they did," a friend told English.

According to the Evening Standard, William was "so alarmed" at the prospect of Andrew taking part in the event, that he made it clear that unless the Duke of York was dropped from taking part in public, he would not be taking part.

A senior source told the publication: "The Duke of Cambridge was adamant. If York insisted on taking part publicly, he would withdraw."

Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.

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