Prince Andrew to be excluded from Garter Day ceremony after Prince Charles and Prince William intervention

The Duke of York was due to attend the Order of the Garter in Windsor today but has withdrawn from the service at the last minute

Prince Andrew excluded from Garter Day after Charles intervention
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Prince Andrew has reportedly been banned from the Garter Day ceremony on Monday, after Prince Charles and Prince William intervened at the last minute to keep the disgraced royal hidden from the public eye. 

Prince Andrew has been banned from publicly appearing at the Order of the Garter ceremony in Windsor on Monday, after a last-minute intervention by Prince Charles and Prince William. 

The Duke of York was due to attend the ancient service at St. George's Chapel alongside his fellow royals today, but has reportedly been excluded at the eleventh hour over objections to his involvement in the event. 

It's understood that the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge conferred with each other about the matter, before raising concerns to the Queen that there would be 'backlash' over the optics of Prince Andrew's participation. 

The ousting comes amid reports that the 62-year-old has asked Her Majesty to have his royal status reinstated, after being stripped of his military honors and his HRH title in the wake of Virginia Giuffre's accusations of sex abuse against him.  

Prince Andrew will now only attend private aspects of the service, including its investiture and its lunch. He will not partake in the procession, which will see a parade of knights march from Windsor Castle to St. George's Chapel in velvet robes. 

Order of the Garter

Order of the Garter in 2019 

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A senior royal source has now told the Times that Andrew's withdrawal from the Order of the Garter was a 'family decision', but a source close to the prince has said that the final call was personally made by the duke. The cancellation comes less than two weeks after Prince Andrew tested positive for Covid during the Platinum Jubilee and was subsequently left unable to attend the Queen's Service of Thanksgiving. 

Despite these recent setbacks, the Duke is reportedly on a mission to salvage his position in the Royal Family. 

"The colonelcy of the Grenadier Guards was his most coveted title and he wants it back. Having remained a Counsellor of State, he also believes he should be included at royal and state events," an inside source told the Telegraph. 

“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 recognised and respected.”

It's also been reported that Prince Andrew is determined to have his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, officially recognized as working royals. 

Emma Dooney
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