The Duke of York will not be allowed to appear with senior members of the royal family at Monday’s Order of the Garter ceremony, after an 11-hour intervention by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.
Prince Andrew, 62, would appear along with other members of the royal family in the traditional velvet robes and plumed hats for the annual procession from Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel.
However, senior royals feared a “backlash” and lobbied the Queen for a change to the plan, that much is clear.
It comes after the Telegraph revealed that the Duke has urged Her Majesty to return to royal duties and wants the Grenadier Guards colonelship returned to him.
Behind the palace walls, conversations are going on about the sensitive issue of his future, but he is not expected to get what he wants.
The final step is an indication of the power of feeling among other royals about his “pariah” status.
‘For his own good’
A source told The Sun Prince Andrew was told to stay out of sight “for his own good” today after tense family talks.
The duke would have challenged the ban, but to no avail.
A source close to the Duke insisted it was his own “personal decision” not to appear in public.
After being forced to withdraw from thanksgiving during the platinum anniversary celebrations at St. Paul’s Cathedral earlier this month after testing positive for coronavirus, he looked forward to the public appearance and considered a small step on the way. to his return to some form of royal life.
He will still join the Queen and the rest of his family for the enthronement in the castle throne room and the traditional lunch in the Waterloo room afterwards.
But due to ongoing mobility issues, neither the Duke nor the Queen are expected to participate in the public procession and church service.
Garter Day is one of the highlights of the royal family’s summer program, taking place this afternoon for the first time in three years.
The Duchess of Cornwall, along with Sir Tony Blair and Baroness Amos, will be one of those invested in the country’s oldest and most distinguished knighthoods.