Peter Hunt, ex-royal correspondent for the BBC, said Prince Andrew’s prominence in his father’s memorial service was a sign of the Queen “endorsing” Andrew.
Mr Hunt said: “It didn’t happen by chance. He could have sat in the congregation with others, with his relatives, but they actively decided that he would have this role of supporting her.
“She’s very clearly stating that he has a role at family occasions.
“It’s one thing to accept that he should attend his father’s memorial service, it’s quite another thing to then give him quite a prominent role so it was an active choice to give him such a prominent role.”