Prince Charles didn’t want Andrew to stage Camilla on Garter Day, expert says

Prince Andrew was due to appear publicly with other royals during the Order of the Garter service at Windsor Castle, but it is understood a “family decision” was made that he would only attend private parts of the day

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Royals take part in Garter Day procession in Windsor

Prince Charles was “resistant” to Prince Andrew attending the Order of the Garter service lest his wife Camilla be sidelined, a royal expert has said.

The Duke of York stepped down from royal duties earlier this year following a sex scandal.

He denied the allegations against him and later settled out of court with his accuser. The settlement is not an admission of guilt.

He was forced to stay out of sight during Monday’s procession to the Garter after a “family decision” was made to limit his appearance to a backstage luncheon and investiture ceremony.

Prince Charles and Camilla at the Garter Day procession at Windsor Castle


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It came after reports that Charles and his son Prince William had swayed the Queen over Andrew’s attendance at Garter Day. It was also reported that William had warned he would pull out of the ceremony if his disgraced uncle attended.

And according to royal expert and author Katie Nicholl, Charles was keen that Andrew didn’t attend, as his wife Camilla was inaugurated as Royal Lady of the Garter that day.

Prince Andrew pictured driving to Windsor Castle on Monday


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She has enrolled vanity fair: “During the service, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was installed as Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter, the highest decoration the Queen can bestow on a female member of the family.

“According to friends of Camilla, it’s the only title the Duchess has secretly wished for and was delighted to receive.

“Prince Charles was keen that his wife’s big moment should not be orchestrated by his brother and Vanity Fair was told he was particularly opposed to his brother attending the service and does not want Andrew to return to official engagements .”

Charles and Camilla were at Royal Ascot yesterday



Earlier this year, it was announced that Camilla was to be appointed Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior of the chivalric orders, by the Queen.

Camilla’s elevation to the nation’s most prestigious order of chivalry is a recognition of her loyalty and discretion to the monarchy.

Just a month later, in February, the Queen also used the eve of her platinum jubilee year to declare that Camilla can assume the title of Queen Consort if Charles becomes king.

For years, insiders were certain that Camilla would take on the title of Princess Consort if her husband took the throne.

But in a message to the nation, the Queen wrote: “When my son Charles becomes king in the fullness of time, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me.

“And it is my sincere desire that when that time comes, Camilla will be known as the Queen Consort as she continues her own faithful ministry.”

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