Prince Andrew raised eyebrows when he escorted Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip's memorial service. The disgraced royal was the last member of the firm that most expect to see next to the monarch at the event and it allegedly caused a rift between Her Majesty and her heirs Prince Charles and Prince William.
Prince Andrew Causing Conflict Between Queen Elizabeth And Prince Charles, Prince William?
The Duke of York was involved in a string of controversies in the past months. He recently settled the sexual assault filed against him by Virginia Giuffre and the Queen stripped him of his military titles and patronages.
Even if the lawsuit concern was about to end, the public was still not ready to see him front and center at a royal event, which was what happened when he escorted Queen Elizabeth at the Westminster Abbey on Tuesday for his father's special memorial service.
Prince Charles and Prince William raised concern about Prince Andrew accompanying the Queen at the event and the issue went away. However, it came back at the last minute when Prince Andrew traveled from Windsor with the Queen, changed cars at Buckingham Palace and arrived in the same limousine as the Queen. He also walked her via a side entrance.
Prince Andrew was allegedly supposed to join his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and their husbands at the Abbey entrance. The royal family was allegedly horrified at the sight of the Queen and Prince Andrew together during the arrival.
The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge were particularly not happy. It allegedly caused a rift between them and the Queen, Express reported.
What's The Story Behind Prince Andrew Escorting Queen Elizabeth II?
The claim that Prince Andrew is causing a rift between the Queen and the heirs should be taken with a grain of salt. While it's true that many were not happy seeing the controversial royal front and center, the report seemed to suggest that the members of the royal family were surprised that Prince Andrew was escorting the Queen, claiming there was a last-minute change.
The royal family probably agreed with the arrangement days before the event already. According to royal biographer Robert Jobson, there was disquiet among the senior members of the royal family about the issue. However, the Queen "insisted" to have Prince Andrew to be her escort.
"It does make some sense that he accompany her because he doesn't have a partner. A settlement has been paid, but he's guilty of nothing in the eyes of the law," the "Prince Philip's Century" author told People.
"She has faith in Andrew. Even if he disappears from public life, he's been able to pay tribute to his father, who after all, was very proud of his service in the Royal Navy, where he fought in the Falkland Islands conflict."
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