His influence on the Duke of York is such that solicitor Gary Bloxsome is said to have found himself in an ‘inner circle of one’.
Yet few could have predicted that Prince Andrew would insist on taking Mr Bloxsome to yesterday’s summit with the Queen.
The Mail can reveal that Mr Bloxsome, 48, accompanied the prince as he was driven from his Royal Lodge property in Windsor Great Park to meet his 95-year-old mother at Windsor Castle.
Mr Bloxsome’s involvement may indicate that the prince was aware of the seriousness of the unprecedented royal clash and had been taking legal advice. Or Mr Bloxsome could have been there intending to help Andrew explain to Her Majesty the machinations of his New York sex case.
However, it is understood that he was ultimately denied entry to the castle and instead had to wait outside in the car park during the 90-minute meeting.
Gary Bloxsome, the Duke’s trusted solicitor, whose insistence on telling Prince Andrew only the best case scenario has earned him the nickname ‘Good News Gary’
Mr Bloxsome is thought to have been appointed by Andrew in January 2020 to help with the potential legal fallout from his friendship with Epstein, including any potential FBI or Scotland Yard investigation
The lawyer, of London law firm Blackfords, is reportedly nicknamed ‘Good News Gary’ by detractors because of his insistence on only presenting the prince with the best case scenario.
He is now believed to be the prince’s closest adviser after his former private secretary Amanda Thirsk agreed to quit in 2020 when Andrew was forced to step back from royal duties over his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.
Bloxsome, 48, accompanied the prince (pictured) as he was driven from his Royal Lodge property in Windsor Great Park to meet his 95-year-old mother at Windsor Castle
Mr Bloxsome is thought to have been appointed by Andrew in January 2020 to help with the potential legal fallout from his friendship with Epstein, including any potential FBI or Scotland Yard investigation.
He has previously represented footballers facing charges over nightclub brawls and in 2019 defended former Tory party treasurer Simon Day when he was acquitted of election fraud.
Legal biographies say Mr Bloxsome specialises in helping ‘ultra-high-net worth individuals in international jurisdictions’.
The prince is also being advised by Clare Montgomery QC, who battled to save Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from extradition after he was accused of human rights abuses. Other clients have included Shrien Dewani, who was charged with murdering his wife in South Africa in 2010 and was later acquitted.
Last year, she represented a former paratrooper accused of murdering an IRA commander in Belfast in 1972. The veteran, known as Soldier A, walked free when the trial collapsed.