Prince Charles refuses to let Andrew return to public duties and will not be overruled by the Queen, a royal biographer claims.

Despite how much the Queen "adores" Andrew and "enjoys his company", she will accept her eldest son's determination to keep the Duke of York out of the public eye, author Angela Levin said.

Following ongoing sex assault allegations which Prince Andrew denies, Ms Levin claims he has been "naive and arrogant".

Speaking on TalkRADIO she told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "She said he couldn't be. She adores Andrew and enjoys his company.

"I think that she won't overrule what Charles says. The rest of the royals won't want him to do that."

Andrew Brettler, a lawyer representing Prince Andrew, earlier called a lawsuit accusing the royal of sexual assault "potentially unlawful" in a pre-court hearing.

Mr Brettler reportedly challenged Virginia Giuffre's legal team's case, the woman who claims she was coerced by Jeffrey Epstein as a teen to have sex with Prince Andrew.

Ms Giuffre is suing him over sexual assault allegations.

Judge Lewis Kaplan has delayed proceedings by a week but did not seem impressed with the response.

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Andrew rejects the claims and according to Ms Levin, expects the legal challenge to be forgotten about in time for his mother's platinum jubilee.

Ms Levin went on: "He said a couple of days ago he was waiting for it to all blow over.

"It shows how naive and arrogant he is, because it's not going to blow over."

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Andrew could be forced to testify in a UK court to settle matters, a lawyer earlier claimed.

Lisa Bloom, a lawyer who has represented several Epstein victims, claims the prince could be forced to testify by a British judge.

She said that the convention of co-operation between British and American courts means a judge here in the UK could compel the prince to cooperate with a request for evidence from a US court.

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