Prince Andrew's attendance at the royal Easter service has been branded a disgrace by campaigners.

Andrew remains accused of serious sexual offences in the UK and abroad. Documents released recently by a Florida court suggest he took part in an orgy with under-aged girls. He has previously paid an estimated £12million to Virginia Guiffre to avoid a damaging court case in which he stood accused of sexual abuse.

A poll in January showed a large majority wanting Andrew to be properly investigated by the Met police, while half the public want Charles to speak up and address these serious allegations against his brother.

Graham Smith, speaking for campaign group Republic, said today:

"Andrew has no place in public life until he cooperates with law enforcement and answers his accusers. The accusations against him could hardly be more serious and his behaviour in avoiding accountability has been disgraceful."

"As many suspected, Andrew's withdrawal from many aspects of public life is about PR, not standards or accountability."

"Andrew would not be there without the blessing of his older brother. Charles clearly isn't interested in the accusations and wants to continue on as if nothing has happened."

"Charles has only helped to protect his brother from his accusers, he has not helped the accusers or done anything to allay fears of other victims of abuse perpetrated by powerful men."

"Some people have questioned whether Republic should protest while Charles and Kate are being treated for cancer. This is why we continue to protest, because the institution needs to be challenged and few people are willing to challenge it."

"The royals do not represent the values and standards most people expect from those in high office. An elected head of state would face far stronger scrutiny and would be held accountable in such circumstances."

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