King Charles ‘displeased’ Princess Anne and Prince Edward attended a party shooting with the Duke of York

King Charles was “offended” by Princess Anne’s offer and Prince Edward’s shooting party to support the Duke of York

  • The siblings were spotted together two days before His Majesty’s 74th birthday
  • A source said it was King Charles’ view that Andrew should not be in the public eye
  • He is expected to welcome King Andrew at Sandringham for Christmas

Relations at the top of the royal family turned frosty after Prince Andrew was spotted at a shooting party on the Windsor estate last Saturday with two of his brothers – a gathering King Charles has been keen to distance himself from.

Princess Anne and Prince Edward, along with other members of the royal family, were seen together at a Windsor photoshoot two days before His Majesty’s 74th birthday.

What was intended as a show of support for the embattled Duke of York, however, had repercussions for their relations with the new king.

Prince Andrew was spotted at a shooting party at Windsor Castle last Saturday with two of his brothers – a gathering King Charles has been keen to stay away from.

A source told The Mail on Sunday that the King had decided not to attend the photo shoot – and resented the presence of his younger brother Andrew.

The source added: ‘King Charles was said to be upset that Edward and Anne met in public with Andrew and wanted him to make it clear he wasn’t part of the shoot.

Anne and Edward were particularly concerned about Andrew and wanted to check on him.

But Charles’ point is that he should not be in the public eye. His Majesty was not elated at all.

While he is expected to greet King Andrew at Sandringham for Christmas, he will not be included in the royal family’s annual walk to St Mary Magdalene’s Church on Christmas Day.

However, Andrew is not the only sibling with whom the King is said to have had somewhat frosty relations.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, despite their tireless work in support of the late Queen and now the new King, do not appear to be in the new King’s inner circle.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex - who attended the shooting ceremony - do not appear to be in the new king's inner circle despite their work supporting him and the late queen

The Earl and Countess of Wessex – who attended the shooting ceremony – do not appear to be in the new king’s inner circle despite their work supporting him and the late queen

Edward was not given the title of Duke of Edinburgh that many had expected him to inherit after his father’s death a year and a half earlier.

At one point, the idea that Prince Edward would inherit his father’s title was such a sure thing that it was even listed on the official royal website.

Today, however, it remains unknown when – or even if – the king would bestow the honor. As a source close to the royal family said icy: “It didn’t go unnoticed.”

A source said Anne was particularly worried about Andrew and wanted to check on him

A source said Anne was particularly worried about Andrew and wanted to check on him

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