The royal family issued a major snub to Prince Andrew after the monarchy took a “family decision” to limit the disgraced Duke of York’s appearance on Garter Day in the UK.
Andrew was not pictured alongside other royals during one of the most colorful events in the royal calendar – after the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge reportedly lobbied the Queen about his participation.
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The Queen had signaled her support for Andrew – rumored to be her favorite child – by arriving with him for the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service in March.
But according to the SunPrince William may have issued a “him or me ultimatum”, ahead of the Garter Day service at St George’s Chapel.
Both William and Charles are said to have been fearful of a public “backlash” if the Duke of York were allowed to attend events.
“It was a decision taken by the household for the best interests of the family but also the best interests of the Duke of York,” a source told the Sun.
Speaking ahead of the Garter Day ceremony, a Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed: “The Duke of York will attend the investiture and lunch today but will not be part of the procession or service.”
The Queen also did not take part in the procession.
Rather Prince Charles appeared alongside his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. Also in attendance were Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Harry ‘furious’
The latest royal rift comes amid reports Prince Harry was “furious” about the treatment he and his wife, Meghan Markle, received during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Angela Levin, who spent a year with Prince Harry while writing his biography, shared some insights into what happened during the four days the duo spent in the UK along with their children Archie and Lilibet.
It’s understood the Sussexes were not invited to meet Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their visit.
They did see Prince Charles and Camilla, and introduced their baby Lilibet to Queen Elizabeth for the first time, although the Queen ordered no photographs of the event.
At a thanksgiving service for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral, Harry and Meghan sat on the other side of the church to William and Kate.
Eagle-eyed royal fans could not help but notice Meghan’s “obvious reaction” to her sister-in-law Kate Middleton as she proceeded into the Cathedral.
Meghan appeared to be the only audience member turning in the opposite direction as seen on the BBC‘s footage.
“Did everyone notice the woman in white hat (megz) turned her head to the left when The Duchess of Cambridge was walking past…” the tweet said sharing footage of Meghan’s reaction.
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“I think he would have been very, very upset that he was largely ignored,” Levin told The Sun of Harry’s likely reaction to events.
She said Prince Harry felt the “rift” with other members of the royal family was not his fault and that he served an apology.
“But he’s the one that should apologize,” she added.
“He said during the Oprah interview that Charles and William were trapped, he said he’d been cut off by his father.
“You can’t just go around being rude about people and expecting them to open their hearts to you again.”