Prince Andrew WILL be at memorial for Prince Philip
21st March 2022

Prince Andrew WILL be at memorial for Prince Philip… and will then exit public life after settling Virginia Roberts sex case

  • The Duke of York will attend Prince Philip’s memorial service next week
  • Prince Andrew is said to be determined to honour his father despite backlash
  • He will then permanently exit public life after his settled rape case in the US 

Prince Andrew will attend Prince Philip’s memorial service next week, it has been confirmed.

The Duke of York is said to be determined to honour his father despite fears his presence could dominate coverage of the event.

Andrew settled the rape case against him by Virginia Roberts in a US court earlier this month, paying her millions. He has always denied the allegations.

The Duke of York is said to be determined to honour his father despite fears his presence could dominate coverage of the event

Courtiers believe the Duke, 62, will disappear from public life after next week’s event

Courtiers believe the Duke, 62, will disappear from public life after next week’s event where he is likely to rub shoulders with representatives from charities and organisations with which he has been forced to part ways.

The Queen arranged the service of thanksgiving for the life of her late husband to take place at Westminster Abbey on March 29.

Prince Andrew was seen smiling and laughing yesterday morning as he went out riding at Windsor Great Park.

The Duke of York, who was accompanied by two grooms, has not been seen regularly since he stepped down from public life following the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, and he was not present at Westminster Abbey last week for the Commonwealth Service which was attended by senior royals including Charles, Camilla, William and Kate.

Prince Philip was Colonel of the Grenadier Guards for more than 40 years, and his son took over the role in 2017, but it was one of the military titles he was made to give up earlier this year.

The Duke of York, who was accompanied by two grooms, has not been seen regularly since he stepped down from public life following the Jeffrey Epstein scandal

The Queen wanted the congregation to include family, friends, dignitaries and representatives of the many organisations with which the Duke of Edinburgh was associated.

But Prince Harry will not be in attendance, having declared that he ‘does not feel safe’ visiting Britain without police protection.

Last month there was an extraordinary legal wrangle over the prince’s security when coming to Britain.

He mounted a legal challenge against the Home Office after being told he would no longer be given the ‘same degree’ of personal protective security when visiting from the US, despite claiming he had offered to pay for it himself.

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