Prince Charles 'read the riot act' to his under-fire brother Prince Andrew during a dramatic showdown at Sandringham amid the ongoing Epstein scandal, a source claims.
The Prince of Wales is said to have dragged his younger sibling to the royal estate for a crunch summit where he effectively retired the duke from his public duties.
Charles told his embattled brother there was 'no way back into the family in the near future' after the public outcry that followed his disastrous Newsnight interview last month.
Prince Philip also joined his sons for the light lunch, which took place shortly before the BBC interview with Andrew's accuser Virginia Roberts aired on Monday.
Prince Charles 'read the riot act' to his under-fire brother Andrew (pictured together, left) during a dramatic showdown amid the ongoing scandal surrounding Jeffrey Epstein (right)
Prince Philip also joined his sons for the light lunch, which took place shortly before the BBC interview with Andrew's accuser Virginia Roberts (pictured) aired on Monday
The royal source told The Sun: 'It was all very civilised and calm but Charles calmly read him the riot act and told him there was no way back for him in the near future.
'Andrew thought he was being treated harshly as nothing has yet been proved against him, but he accepted the decision. He really had little choice.'
Charles was also said to be concerned with the prospect of Andrew going to the US to clear his name, amid fears that such a move could 'remove the mystery' surrounding the royal family.
The source added: 'Philip regrets Andrew doesn't know how to lead a simple life. He thinks he's been too extravagant.'
The Prince of Wales' key role in 'retiring' Prince Andrew from public life has fed speculation he is preparing to adopt a modern 'Prince Regent' role.
Such a position would see him control day-to-day royal affairs while his mother remains monarch.
Her Majesty will turn 95 in 18 months, the same age at which her husband Philip withdrew from his public duties.
There is talk among courtiers that she may use the milestone to effectively hand over day-to-day control of the monarchy to Charles.
The Queen has been gradually reducing the number of public engagements she attends from 332 in 2016 to 283 in 2018. Charles, meanwhile, undertook 507.
Andrew faced fresh humiliation this week after Miss Roberts gave an interview to the BBC in which she reinforced claims she was forced into sleeping with the royal.
Sources close to Andrew last night accused the BBC of allowing his accuser to 'cry a lot' and protested over the differing treatment of their two separate BBC interviews.
The crisis deepened last night as a new witness claimed she was 'feet away' from Prince Andrew and Miss Roberts as they danced in a nightclub.
Lisa Bloom, lawyer for victims of Jeffrey Epstein, says an as-yet-unnamed woman 'vividly remembers' seeing the pair at Tramp nightclub in Mayfair in March 2001.
Miss Roberts has claimed that she was forced to have sex with Andrew that evening by her alleged sex trafficker Epstein, having danced with the prince inside the club.
In his own 'disastrous' BBC interview with Emily Maitlis last month, Andrew claimed he 'was never in Tramp's' with Miss Roberts, now known as Virginia Roberts-Guiffre.
After dancing at Tramp's, Miss Roberts claims she slept with Andrew at the Belgravia home of alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell, where this now infamous photo was allegedly taken
Lisa Bloom, lawyer for victims of Jeffrey Epstein, claims a witness 'vividly remembers' seeing Virginia Roberts (right, on Panorama last night) with Prince Andrew in March 2001
Lisa Bloom is a high-profile attorney based in the US who has been involved in a number of controversial cases.
She is known for representing the women whose sexual harassment claims precipitated the firing of former TV host Bill O'Reilly from Fox News.
Despite her reputation as a lawyer known for representing female victims of sexual misconduct, she also advised disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein amid abuse allegations from numerous Hollywood stars.
During her time as an adviser to Weinstein, she was criticised heavily by the US media for its 'dissonance' with Bloom's prior representation of sexual assault victims.
She referred to Weinstein as 'an old dinosaur learning new