Royal family: Prince Andrew stays away from a royal appearance

Prince Andrew stays away from a royal appearance

Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew at Garter Day, the gathering of the Knights of the Garter at Windsor Castle in 2018. Photo: Ben Stansall/PA Wire/dpa

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Two of the family are said to have intervened: Prince Andrew, contrary to his own wishes, will not attend a public appointment.

Britain’s Prince Andrew will stay away from a planned public appearance with the family following royal advice. 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 Telegraph had reported that Prince Charles and Prince William had intervened and called for Andrew to be excluded from the appointment.

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.