Prince Andrew will attend Philip’s memorial – but key family members are missing from the list
Prince Andrew will attend a service of thanks to the Duke of Edinburgh and it will be his first public appearance since the out-of-court settlement was reached with his accuser Virginia Giuffre
Prince Andrew will attend a service of thanksgiving to the Duke of Edinburgh, but key members of the Royal Family will not be there.
The event, which is to be held at Westminster Abbey in honor of Prince Philip who died last April at the age of 99, takes place on Tuesday March 29.
A statement today confirmed members of the Royal Family will attend the service and the event marks the Duke of York’s first royal appearance since his father’s funeral.
The statement read: “Members of the Royal Family will attend a service of thanksgiving for the life of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday March 29.
“The Service will thank the Duke of Edinburgh for his dedication to family, nation and Commonwealth and recognize the importance of his legacy in creating opportunities for young people, promoting stewardship and conservation of the environment and support for the armed forces.
“The service will pay particular tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s contribution to public life and his unwavering support for the more than 700 charities with which His Royal Highness was associated throughout his life.”
It will be Andrew’s first public appearance since the out-of-court settlement – revealed in court documents in mid-February – was reached with his accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Andrew stepped down from royal duties in November 2019. He attended Philip’s funeral in April 2021.
In January, the Queen stripped her second son of his prestigious honorary military titles and royal patronages, and he stopped using his HRH style, in a move that effectively threw him adrift of the institution.
But it had been thought that any decision about Andrew’s attendance would hinge on whether the Queen views the thanksgiving church service as a family event or official engagement, and how concerned she and royal aides would be that the presence of Andrew could interfere with the proceedings.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will miss the service.
The Duke of York’s nephew had already confirmed that he would not be present for security reasons.
The Queen’s presence is also in doubt amid fears for her health.
Other guests include representatives of the government, armed forces and decentralized administrations as well as representatives of overseas territories, the Queen’s household, clergy and other faiths.
The congregation will have over 500 representatives from the Duke of Edinburgh’s patronages and charities.
The Queen missed the Commonwealth Day service earlier this month, with the decision to cancel her appearance believed to be linked to her comfort on the 26-mile journey from Windsor Castle to London.