Prince William tells the Queen 'it's him or me' as Andrew 'demands comeback'
The Duke of Cambridge 'threatened an ultimatum' after Prince Andrew demanded a royal comeback
Prince William threatened to withdraw from the Order of the Garter ceremony yesterday, following claims his uncle Prince Andrew demanded a return to the royal limelight.
The Duke of Cambridge, was allegedly outraged at the prospect of his uncle's return to royal service, he told the Queen, "it's him or me".
Prince Andrew condemned the decision allegedly stating he is being denied his "birth right" by his return to duties being blocked.
He was banned from participating in public aspects of the Order of the Garter over fears he would be booed upon arrival.
It was revealed yesterday Prince Charles and Prince William pursued the Queen to remove the disgraced royal for the service, with her Majesty ruling his exclusion as a decision for "his own good", according to The Sun.
Royal sources claimed William threatened to refrain from partaking in celebrations, if his uncle showed up at the service.
One senior insider spoke to the Evening Standard, saying: "The Duke of Cambridge was adamant. If York insisted on taking part publicly, he would withdraw."
Prince Andrew was set to attend the Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Palace yesterday, as a member of the order, an honour bestowed on him by his mother, Andrew would have been entitled to take a prominent part in the procession to St George's Chapel.
The Duke’s reputation has been severely tarnished by his involvement in a civil sexual assault case, and it is understood a “family decision” was taken to reduce his involvement to a lunch and investiture ceremony for new Order of the Garter recipients, both held behind closed doors.
New appointments are usually announced on St George's Day but the chivalric and installation ceremonies take place every year on the Monday of Royal Ascot week, known as Garter Day.
The alleged ultimatum to his grandmother and father reportedly led to the Duke of York being banned from the Order of the Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle, amid fears the crowds may boo him.
Andrew was not seen partaking in any of the public celebrations during the Garter Day. The decision was allegedly made at the last minute, as his name remained on the order of service.
Recipients of the honour today were chosen as they have held public office, contributed to national life or served the sovereign personally.
Reports fall in the wake of an alleged move by Andrew to return to royal duties, but Her Majesty allegedly instructed him to remain out of the limelight "for his own good".
The Duke of York was absent for recent Jubilee Celebrations as he returned a positive Covid test in the run-up to the event.
The 62-year-old was stripped of his official duties at the start of the year as he prepared to pay a multi-million-pound settlement to Jeffrey Epstein's sex slave Virginia Roberts Giuffre to keep her allegations of sexual abuse, which he denies, out of court.