Prince Andrew was ‘dejected and confused’ over Garter Day ban, says royal expert

The Duke of York was “dejected and confused” at being excluded from Garter Day, claims royal author Omid Scobie, as he thought he had been given the green light to attend

Prince Andrew was surprised and upset at not attending Garter Day, it is said
Prince Andrew was surprised and upset that he didn’t attend Garter Day, they say

Prince Andrew was “dejected and confused” at being excluded from Garter Day because he thought he had been given the green light to attend, a royal expert claimed.

Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie also said the royals’ “reluctance to remove Prince Andrew entirely” was damaging and “casts a terrible light on the family”.

The Duke of York was forced to remain out of sight during the Garter Day procession after a “family decision” was made to limit his appearance to a backstage luncheon and investiture ceremony.

As the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and other senior royals walked through the grounds of Windsor Castle for a service commemorating the Order of the Garter, Andrew remained behind closed doors.

But Andrew thought he would be taking part in the procession from Windsor Castle until the Queen broke the news to him that he would not be able to take part in the parade in front of the world’s media.

Allowing Prince Andrew to remain involved hurts the royals, Mr Scobie claims



It was a last-minute call to prevent Andrew from attending with the Queen, who was willing to hear the opinions of Charles and William, who ruled out his presence, a Telegraph source said.

And now Mr Scobie has revealed that Andrew was upset by the news.

He claimed in his Yahoo News Column that the Duke of York was “dejected… (and) a little confused”.

He said the way Andrew was allowed to walk with the Queen at Prince Philip’s memorial service, as well as attending some of the anniversary events, shows the reluctance of the royals to cut him off entirely.

Mr Scobie said: “Every chance Prince Andrew is given to try to redeem his image is one step closer to further damage and disgrace to the institution of the monarchy. It’s a catastrophe waiting to happen.”

The Queen listened as Charles and William Andrew declined to attend, it is alleged


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The occasion exposed the royal family’s problem – what formal role can Andrew play after his reputation has been severely tarnished by his involvement in a civil sexual assault case.

And it also revealed the internal struggle between senior members of the royal family and the Duke’s alleged desire to be reinstated as working king.

Around 4,500 spectators inside the castle walls followed the colorful procession of the Knights and Ladies of the Garter in blue velvet coats, red velvet bonnets, black velvet hats and white ostrich feathers.

The Order of the Garter was founded in 1348 by Edward III. Established to recognize merit in public service.

Members of the order include the Queen, several senior royals and 24 other knights or dames personally chosen by the monarch to recognize their work.

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