The Duke of York has been pictured for the first time in months, following his fall from grace in light of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
Prince Andrew, 60, was photographed with his ex-wife the Duchess of York packing cupcakes into gift bags for the Thames Hospice, which provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses.
The snaps, posted on Instagram by Sarah Ferguson’s assistant Antonia Marshall, show the duke looking relaxed and cheerful as he helps deliver the items to the hospice in Windsor.
It is one of the first times someone close to the duke has shared photos of him publicly since he stepped down from royal duties.
He retreated from his role following a disastrous Newsnight interview in which he was quizzed about his relationship with convicted sex offender Epstein.
The Queen’s second son was previously seen alongside his mother attending a Sunday service at St Mary the Virgin church in Hillington, Norfolk, back in January.
A caption accompanying the latest photographs of the duke on Instagram said he was making care packages with the duchess amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The York family are a wonderful and steadfast unit and through this crisis, are continuously helping others,” the caption said.
“So proud of them all…”
The photographs show Andrew, wearing a Burgundy-coloured shirt, smiling as he holds a box of the bright pink gift bags outside the hospice building.
The duke faced a backlash after his Newsnight interview in November, with critics accusing him of failing to show regret over his friendship with the disgraced financier, and empathy with his victims.
Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by Epstein, also alleges the duke had sex with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17, still a minor under US law.
Andrew, who strenuously denies the allegations, has faced calls to talk to the FBI and US prosecutors still investigating Epstein, who committed suicide in jail while facing sex trafficking charges.
The duke was due to be promoted to admiral on his 60th birthday, in line with a longstanding policy that sees senior royals treated as serving military members.
But Buckingham Palace has already said the duke has asked to defer the promotion until he is able to fully resume royal duties.