During the ceremony for the anniversary of the death of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II was accompanied by her son Andrew, to the chagrin of William and Charles.
This solemn moment intended to remember Prince Philip who died on April 9, 2021, was not lived serenely by Princes Charles and William. On March 29, the royal family gathered to pay tribute to the one who shared the throne for more than 70 years with Elizabeth II. The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey.
The marked presence of Prince Andrew greatly upset Charles and his son William. Elizabeth II was accompanied by Andrew, who held her arm as she entered the abbey. Prince Andrew would also have “insisted”, according to the Dailymail to accompany the queen to her seat. A role normally assigned to the Dean of Westminster Abbey.
Prince Andrew’s involvement in the Epstein affair and his sexual assaults is behind the reaction of William and Charles. If he has not been convicted by the courts, Prince Andrew has agreed to sign an agreement with the complainant Virginia Giuffre. He also had to give up his military titles, following this scandal. This is his first public reappearance as a member of the royal family.
The return of Prince Andrew under the sign of shame
According to British media The Mirror, William and Charles were “dismayed” to see Prince Andrew at this ceremony. The two princes believe that he should have shown “common sense” by attending the office remotely, without being noticed. The fact that he put himself forward shocked the two future heirs to the throne, who accepted “unwillingly”his presence at the ceremony.
According to royal expert Robert Jobson, in the media People, it was Queen Elizabeth II herself who insisted that Andrew be present at her side. The monarch has been very supportive of her son in this matter. According to the Telegramthe queen would have paid the sum of 14 million euros to get her son out of this case of sexual assault.