Prince Andrew would never accompany the Queen to tomorrow’s Jubilee service, royal sources say.
The Duke of York has said goodbye to all events after it was announced this afternoon that he had tested positive for Covid.
The Queen, meanwhile, has also confirmed that she will not be attending after some complaints during today’s celebrations.
However, it is understood that even if both Andrew and Her Majesty had been healthy, the Duke would have been forced to watch the celebrations on television instead.
Andrew’s alleged ban follows a major public backlash after he insisted on taking the Queen’s arm and escorting her to her seat at Westminster Abbey at a memorial service for Prince Philip.
The move is said to have angered Prince William and Prince Charles, who argued against it.
The Telegraph reports that the heirs were among senior royals, “amazing that Andrew would be the center of attention” after settling his sexual abuse case with Virginia Giuffre earlier this year.
And following her “dismay and dismay,” he was prevented from accompanying Her Majesty to St. Paul tomorrow, it said.
The service will be the biggest royal outing of the anniversary.
The Queen was seen surrounded by all her children, grandchildren and cousins.
Despite their absence, all the other senior royals, as well as Meghan and Harry, will attend.
Palace officials had no intention of letting Andrew overshadow the moment – and banned him from standing next to his mother.
He was also told he could not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony today. Meghan and Harry were also notably absent, although the Queen reportedly invited them to attend.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who was due to lead tomorrow’s service, has also been crushed by Covid.
Just days ago, he said Her Majesty was “fully entitled” to be accompanied by Andrew.
“We all have to step back a bit. He’s trying to make amends and I think that’s a very good thing,” he said.
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The Duke’s presence has long threatened to overshadow the anniversary.
He allegedly paid his accuser £12million to avoid a court showdown but vehemently denies any allegations of wrongdoing.
He was accused of “victim shaming” in court documents after suggesting Ms Giuffre was a “money-hungry sex kitten.”
Prince Charles is among senior royals who have reportedly warned him that the case cannot drag on until the anniversary.
It is understood Andrew told friends he had no desire to overshadow his mum this weekend – despite harboring desires to return to public life.
A statement released today by his representatives revealed: “Following a routine test, the Duke has tested positive for Covid and it is with regret that he will no longer attend tomorrow’s service.”
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5478890/prince-andrew-service-jubilee-covid/ Prince Andrew ‘never went to accompany the Queen to the Jubilee service’