Andrew to attend Philip memorial in first public outing since settling sex case

Andrew to attend Philip memorial in first public outing since settling sex case
The Duke of York stepped down from royal duties in November 2019 and was stripped of honorary military titles and royal patronages this year.

Duke of York plans to attend his father the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service, 据了解.

安德鲁, who recently settled a civil sex claim against him, will be present at the Westminster Abbey event on March 29.

His planned attendance was reported by the BBC on Monday and the PA news agency understands he is expected to be there.

Andrew attended Philip’s funeral in April 2021 (克里斯杰克逊/PA)
Andrew attended Philip’s funeral in April 2021 (克里斯杰克逊/PA)

It would be his first public appearance since the out-of-court agreement – revealed in court documents in mid-February – was made with his accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Large numbers of the royal family including the Queen are expected to attend next week’s service, alongside Philip’s friends, colleagues and representatives of organisations he supported.

It was confirmed earlier this month that the Duke of Sussex will miss the memorial service, with a spokesperson for US-based 哈利 saying he would not return for the high-profile occasion but adding that he hoped to visit his grandmother the Queen soon.

Harry will not be attending the memorial service for his grandfather (汉娜麦凯/ PA)
Harry will not be attending the memorial service for his grandfather (汉娜麦凯/ PA)

Andrew stepped down from royal duties in November 2019. He attended Philip’s funeral in April 2021.

在一月, 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 cast him adrift from the institution.

But it had been thought that any decision around Andrew’s attendance would depend on whether the Queen considers the thanksgiving church service a family event or an official engagement, and how much she and royal aides would be concerned that Andrew’s presence could detract from the proceedings.

上个月, a letter submitted to the United States District Court said Andrew “regrets his association” with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, and had agreed to make a “substantial donation” to Ms Giuffre’s charity, after the pair agreed an undisclosed out-of-court settlement in her civil sex claim against him.

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