Prince Andrew has been pictured boarding a private jet after allegedly cutting short his trip to Balmoral Castle in Scotland where the Royal Family has gathered.
The 59-year-old Duke of York was snapped dressed in a smart suit getting out of a dark green Range Rover and climbing the steps into the aircraft in Aberdeen this morning.
He appeared to be holding a hat and what looked like a white dressing gown.
Several bags were loaded into the aircraft, while a dog was also seen being carried on board.
The Duke’s departure from Scotland comes days after he was seen grinning as he headed to church with the Queen.
The unified outing also came as questions mounted about his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who was found hanged in his jail cell on Saturday.
It is understood Andrew was due to spend the whole week at the castle after being invited by his mother.
A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace told Mirror Online they “do not comment on private movements in holiday time”.
His departure also comes days after his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson was forced to leave Balmoral after Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, turned up early for his summer holiday, it was claimed.
An insider told The Sun: “In previous years the Duchess has left the day before the Queen’s husband arrives.
“This year he arrived yesterday, several days earlier than expected, which is rather strange, so the Duchess left.”
Meanwhile, Andrew was one of many names dragged into the scandal surrounding Epstein after the release of 2,000 court papers.
Epstein, 66, reportedly hanged himself at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, New York, where he was being held on sex trafficking charges.
His apparent suicide came hours after hundreds of pages of court documents were unsealed alleging new details of sexual abuse claims against him.
The documents exposed new claims against Prince Andrew and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
The Duke, has denied allegations that he had sex with one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, then aged 17, and groped a second woman at the wealthy financier’s home.
Johanna Sjoberg claims Andrew fondled her breast after she sat on his knee, according to documents related to Ms Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit against British socialite Ms Maxwell, 57.
Ms Giuffre, who was allegedly sitting beside them, has previously claimed she was forced to have sex with the royal in London in 2001.
The Duke of York was pictured with his arm around the then 17-year-old’s waist at Ms Maxwell’s London home in 2001.
Ms Maxwell, reported to be Epstein’s former girlfriend, is accused of procuring underage girls for Epstein and has repeatedly denied involvement in his crimes.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of Prince Andrew strongly denying any wrongdoing.
The palace said: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”