Prince Andrew was brutally minimize out of all public-facing components of a key royal ceremony Monday, after senior relations rebelled in opposition to the queen and demanded that they not be required to seem alongside him in public.
Andrew’s aspect sought to characterize his exit from a public occasion often known as the Order of the Garter Procession as his “personal decision” however a well-placed palace supply instructed The Daily Beast the transfer to excise Andrew was a “family decision.”
The last-minute nature of the dramatic palace u-turn is vividly illustrated by the truth that Andrew might be listed on the already-printed official program as collaborating in the procession.
The queen is not going to be a part of the procession as a consequence of her ongoing mobility points, however will attend the personal lunch, the place Andrew will nonetheless be a visitor. One wonders which fortunate particular person might be seated subsequent to him.
The Daily Beast understands that Prince Charles was chief amongst those that made representations to the queen calling for Andrew to not attend the procession. The queen had very a lot wished to incorporate Andrew in the procession, and Charles profitable this battle of wills is more likely to be seen as one other signal that the queen is dropping her authority over the household, and that Charles is stepping, a minimum of informally, right into a quasi-Regent function.
Today’s procession, which is adopted by a church service and lunch at Windsor Castle with the queen is a proper half of what’s often known as “Garter Day,” which honors the members of Britain’s most distinguished order of chivalry, The Order of the Garter.
Garter members embody former prime ministers and different senior institution insiders. Membership is strictly restricted to 24, and Tony Blair is the latest member. It is the best honor in the British system of patronage.
Andrew is a member of the membership via the private reward of the queen, and as such the palace had sought to argue that Andrew was attending in a private fairly than official capability.
However that is understood to have minimize as little ice with different royals because it did with the general public. Charles, who started lobbying for a decreased function for his brother over a decade in the past, lengthy earlier than his affiliation with Jeffrey Epstein turned a mainstay of reports protection of the royal household, is believed to have been significantly involved that the occasion might flip right into a re-run of Prince Philip’s memorial, when protection of Andrew escorting his mom by the arm to her seat utterly overshadowed the proceedings of the day.
However as elements of the Procession of the Order of the Garter happen in entrance of the general public in Windsor, there have been very actual fears that Andrew may very well be booed. Charles is more likely to have drawn the road on the danger of exposing probably the most revered establishments of the royal institution to such contumely.
However the compromise he seems to have been compelled to simply accept is that Andrew might be allowed to take part in the personal components of Garter Day, similar to Monday’s lunch, and put on the ermine robes of the society to that occasion.
Andrew’s willpower to attend comes sizzling on the heels of a report that he was lobbying the queen to reinstate him as colonel of the Grenadier Guards, a task which he misplaced in January alongside along with his HRH styling because the Giuffre case intensified.
The Daily Telegraph quoted a source as saying: “The colonelcy of the Grenadier Guards was his most coveted title and he wants it back. Having remained a Counselor of State, he also believes he should be included at royal and state events.
“Most importantly for him is his status as an HRH and ‘Prince of the Blood’, and he feels that should be reinstated and his position recognized and respected.”