Surprisingly, Prince Andrew didn’t attend Garter Day after all. According to a British media report, Prince William intervened and gave the Queen an ultimatum: either he or Prince Andrew.
Britain’s Prince Andrew has stayed away from a planned public appearance with the family following royal advice. The Telegraph had reported that Prince Charles and Prince William had intervened and called for Andrew to be barred from the appointment. They were concerned that Prince Andrew could be booed at the public event.
But apparently there is more to Prince William’s “concerns”. Insiders tell the “Evening Standard” portal that the duke was pretty adamant. “If York insisted on attending publicly, he would back out,” reveals the inside source. His wife Duchess Kate would then have stayed away from the celebrations.
A royal ultimatum that had an effect. The Queen has decided against her son Prince Andrew. He was not allowed to attend Garter Days in public.
It had previously been reported that the 62-year-old was scheduled to attend an event honoring the Order of the Garter – one of Britain’s oldest chivalric orders – on Monday.
A few hours before the start of the event, a spokeswoman said at the request of the German Press Agency: “The Duke of York will attend the ceremony and lunch, but not the procession or the service.” This is a personal decision after consultation with the family.
The Queen’s second-eldest son has resigned from public duties as a royal after becoming involved in an abuse scandal. However, there is always speculation as to whether and what a partial return could look like. The decision of Queen Elizabeth II (96) in the spring caused a surprise when she was accompanied by Andrew to the memorial service for Prince Philip.
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