Prince Andrew Returns to Royal Limelight for Philip Documentary Despite Epstein Scandal

Prince Andrew will be among royals appearing on U.K. TV screens to share memories of Prince Philip after his death five months ago.

Queen Elizabeth II's favorite son quit public life after a car-crash interview in November 2019 in which he failed to express regret over his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

However, he returned to royal life briefly in the aftermath of Prince Philip's death when he gave a TV interview and again at his father's funeral on April 17.

Now he will again be broadcast to the nation as part of a BBC documentary, Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, on September 22, at 9 p.m. GMT (4 p.m. ET).

The Duke of York has a first degree rape civil lawsuit hanging over him, brought by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre in New York.

And according to a court filing he is yet to give an interview to the FBI about Epstein, despite a formal request submitted by the Department of Justice through the U.K. Home Office.

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt wrote on Twitter: "Prince Andrew has found time to talk to the BBC, but not yet to the FBI. #Epstein #PrinceAndrew #Balmoral."

A BBC press release said: "For the first time on television, more than a dozen members of the Royal Family offer their personal thoughts and reflections as they pay an historic tribute to the extraordinary life of His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

"All the children of the Queen and the Duke, along with their adult grandchildren and other members of the Royal Family, have agreed to take part in this unique portrait of the longest-serving consort in royal history."

Prince Andrew has found time to talk to the BBC, but not yet to the FBI. #Epstein #PrinceAndrew #Balmoral pic.twitter.com/rgXeYc4718

— Peter Hunt (@_PeterHunt) September 8, 2021

The queen and Philip's children include Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Andrew and Prince Edward while their adult grandchildren include both Prince William and Prince Harry.

It is not clear whether Harry was brought face to face with his relatives to share memories for the documentary or whether his interview was given alone.

The Duke of Sussex has criticized his family three times this year, including to a global audience of millions during his Oprah Winfrey interview alongside Meghan Markle.

However, Philip's memory has also brought the warring royals back together for the funeral, at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The queen was seen mourning alone for her husband of 73 years as she observed coronavirus regulations in the pews of the historic royal church.

The press release reads: "Originally conceived to mark Prince Philip's 100th birthday, this landmark documentary features interviews filmed both before and after the Duke's death in April. The documentary-makers have been inside Buckingham Palace to meet the Duke's long-serving staff and to capture his study, private office and library, exactly as they were during his seven decades at the heart of royal life.

"There are poignant recollections, plenty of humour and numerous fresh insights into the character and legacy of this royal pioneer.

"With special access to the Queen's private cine-film collection, this film is an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history—by those who knew him best."

Prince Philip and Prince Andrew
Prince Philip during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle on July 22, 2020 in Windsor, England. Prince Andrew during the funeral of Prince Philip on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage