Prince William: He is said to have prevented Andrew’s comeback at Garter Day

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His ultimatum is said to have thwarted Prince Andrew’s comeback at Garter Day

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Prince Andrew is increasingly becoming an outsider in the British royal family. Just before the Knights of the Garter ceremony began, the palace announced that it would not be attending this year’s Garter Day on June 13. A decision that is obviously not based on his own wishes.

Prince Andrew, 62, was invited to a private dinner with Queen Elizabeth, 96, before the Garter Day ceremony at Windsor Castle. But for the first time as a member of the association, he did not take part in the procession of the Knights of the Garter through the community. This decision is said to be based primarily on the ultimatum of a family member: Prince William, 39, forced her to come, as the British “Mirror” claims. He is said to have threatened to withdraw his participation if his uncle ran with him.

Prince Andrew last attended the last Garter Day before the corona pandemic in 2019.  He did not perform this year due to his involvement in the Epstein scandal.

Prince Andrew last attended the last Garter Day before the corona pandemic in 2019. He did not perform this year due to his involvement in the Epstein scandal.

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Williams’ appeal to his grandmother and father Prince Charles, 73, appears to have had an impact. Andrew did not appear for the service or the solemn procession. Apparently, the future heir to the throne has expressed his concerns that the 62-year-old could be booed by the watching crowd, it is said.

A statement from Buckingham Palace speaks of a “family decision” – which was made very shortly before the ceremony. A few hours before the festivities began, Andrew was still on the attendance list. “The Duke of York will attend the inauguration and luncheon today but will not attend the procession or service,” a royal spokesman said.

Prince Andrew has publicly fallen out of favor since his involvement in the scandal surrounding convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, † 66, and the subsequent civil lawsuit brought against him by American woman Virginia Giuffre, 38. He has since been stripped of his military titles. However, he is still a Knight of the Garter and entitled to take part in the annual procession.

Attending the ceremony would have been his first public appearance since the memorial service for his late father Prince Philip, † 99, in March 2022. On the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s throne, he was absent due to a corona infection.

Source used: mirror.co.uk

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