Prince Andrew is "desperate" for redemption after living as a "recluse", according to sources.

It comes after reports that the Duke of York is planning to challenge his £3 million settlement in the case brought against him by Virginia Giuffre.

The Independent reported how a source, which they say are pals of the royal, described him as "desperate" and struggling to come to terms with being released from royal duties.

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Speaking to the publication, the source claimed that Andrew is “on his own”, cut off from his family, at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.

They said: “There are fears he’s making judgements in isolation and only speaking to his lawyer.

“He’s seeing nobody, there’s a real element of isolation there, it feels like he’s becoming a recluse.”

“He is desperate for rehabilitation but does not understand the humility and penance he needs to show following the case.

“He’s stuck inside this bubble of wanting to have a role in the royal family when he doesn’t have one any more.”

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Last year, Andrew was stripped of his Royal titles following accusations of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffery Epstein’s victims.

Giuffre alleges that at 17, she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew by the now-jailed Ghislaine Maxwell.

Andrew, however, has always denied these claims.

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In February, the pair reached an out-of-court settlement of £3 million – including a donation to her charity “in support of victims’ rights”.

Sources close to Andrew believe he hopes that overturning Ms Giuffre’s claim could let him return to royal duties but US law would require the prince to argue legal reasons for overturning the deal, including mistake or accident.

Prince Andrew’s team, led by US lawyer Andrew Brettler, is now considering legal options after Ms Giuffre’s sex abuse case against high-profile US lawyer Alan Dershowitz was dropped.

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