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Prince Andrew kicked out of Garter Day procession after last-minute ‘family decision’ amid sex abuse scandal


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Prince Andrew will not take part in Monday’s Order of the Garter procession, one of the key events in the British Royal Family’s annual calendar.

Omid Scobie, royal editor of Harper’s Bazaar and co-author of ‘Finding Freedom’, has revealed the disgraced Duke of York’s so-called public comeback has been put on hold after a last-minute ‘family decision’.

“After what Palace sources described as a last minute ‘family decision’, Prince Andrew will no longer take part in today’s Garter Day procession or service,” Scobie tweeted. “As a Knight of the Garter he will always be at the Investiture and Luncheon which will take place at Windsor (as will the Queen).”

In a separate tweet, Scobie shared the previously printed order of service, which listed Andrew.

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“Interesting how close to the wire Andrew’s removal from the Garter Day procession was,” Scobie wrote. “His name is still on the order of service that was handed out for today’s ceremony.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. The Guardian reported that Andrew, as Knight Garter, will attend the investiture of new members and the annual luncheon, keeping his appearance out of public view.

The 62-year-old, a knight of the world’s oldest order of chivalry, was due to join his family in Windsor, including fellow knights Prince Charles and Prince William. The controversial royal was previously knighted as the son of Queen Elizabeth.

Some insiders suspected Andrew’s looks might have overshadowed his sister-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The wife of his older brother, Prince Charles, will be invested into the order in a ceremony. The 74-year-old, whose husband is heir to the throne, was announced as a new member of the order in December. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will also be invested in the order.

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The order is nearly 700 years old. During Garter Day, knights wear long velvet robes and a hat adorned with white ostrich and black heron feathers. The service has not been held for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The palace does not say whether the queen will attend the event. During the 96-year-old’s Platinum Jubilee, which marked her 70 years on the throne, the palace confirmed her appearances at events in the earlier hours. His ongoing mobility issues limited his appearances during the four day festivities.

In May, the Palace announced that Andrew would not appear on the balcony alongside senior members of the Royal Family for Trooping the Color during the Platinum Jubilee. The Queen decreed that only active members would join her.

Andrew stepped down from royal duties in 2019 following a disastrous interview regarding his ties to late US financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who stepped down as senior members in 2020, also did not appear on the balcony.

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Prince Andrew attends the Order of the Garter service at St George’s Chapel on June 17, 2019 in Windsor, England.
(Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

During Trooping the Color on June 2, the Palace revealed that Andrew would miss the Thanksgiving service to be held the following day due to testing positive for COVID-19.

In January, the Queen stripped Andrew of his military title and patronages. He is still in line with the throne. He is currently ninth behind the two children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. However, Andrew cannot use “His Royal Highness” in any capacity.

Andrew strenuously denied Virginia Giuffre’s allegations after suing her. The American woman has accused the British Royal Family of sexually assaulting her while traveling with Epstein in 2001 when she was 17.

Giuffre, 38, reached a settlement with Andrew after a judge rejected the prince’s bid to have the trial dismissed earlier this year.

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Prince Andrew kicked out of Garter Day procession after last-minute ‘family decision’ amid sex abuse scandal

A 2001 photo included in court records showed Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of Virginia Giuffre, 17, who said Jeffrey Epstein paid her to have sex with the prince. Andrew denied the charges. In the background, Epstein’s girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.
(United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit)

In a letter to the judge from Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, a statement was included which said, in part, “Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Mrs Giuffre’s charity to support the rights of victims Prince Andrew never intended to denigrate the character of Ms Giuffre, and he accepts that she suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of public attacks unjust.”

According to the statement, Andrew acknowledged that Epstein trafficked “countless young girls” over many years and said the prince “regrets his association with Epstein and commends the bravery of Ms Giuffre and other survivors who defended and defended by others”.

He also pledged to support victims of sex trafficking as part of showing his regret.

Giuffre claimed to have met Andrew when she traveled frequently with Epstein between 2000 and 2002 when, according to her lawyers, she was “on call for Epstein for sexual purposes” and was “loaned to other powerful men”, including andrew.

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Prince Andrew kicked out of Garter Day procession after last-minute ‘family decision’ amid sex abuse scandal

Virginia Roberts Giuffre holds a photo of herself at age 16 when she says Palm Beach multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein began sexually abusing her.
(Emily Michot/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Her lawsuit said she suffered significant emotional and psychological distress and harm. She claimed to have had sex with Andrew three times: in London on a trip in 2001, at Epstein’s New York mansion when she was 17, and in the Virgin Islands when she was 18 year.

Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims and said he does not recall ever meeting her, although a photograph of Giuffre and Andrew together in a London townhouse, his arm around her stomach naked, was included in Giuffre’s lawsuit against him.

Inconsistencies in her statements over the years that would have been pointed out by Andrew’s lawyers at trial may have motivated her, in part, to settle, although she explained them as innocent mistakes that occurred during recalling traumatic events years later.

Andrew has spent years fighting concerns over his ties to Epstein, who killed himself aged 66 in 2019 in a federal prison in Manhattan while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Epstein’s longtime girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, was found guilty of related charges.

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Prince Andrew kicked out of Garter Day procession after last-minute ‘family decision’ amid sex abuse scandal

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Color alongside, from left, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince Louis, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William on June 2, 2022, in London.
(Chris Jackson)

A settlement of Andrew’s lawsuit follows agreements made by Giuffre years ago to resolve separate lawsuits against Maxwell and Epstein. It was recently revealed that Epstein settled for $500,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




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