Prince Andrew Attends Easter Service with Royals, Sparks Controversy

Royal Family Easter Service Attendance Amid Health Precautions.

by Nouman Rasool
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Prince Andrew Attends Easter Service with Royals, Sparks Controversy
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Amid the ongoing treatment for the monarch's cancer, King Charles and Queen Camilla made a poignant appearance at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle for the Easter Mattins Service. Following medical advice, the royal couple adhered to precautionary measures, opting to be seated separately from other attendees to minimize infection risks.

Accompanying them were a select few members of the royal family, including Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Notably, Prince Andrew's presence marked a return to public events after facing backlash for his involvement in a memorial service for the late King Constantine of Greece.

Prince Andrew's Continued Presence

Prince Andrew, who stepped back from public duties in 2019 amidst controversy surrounding his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, has maintained a lower profile but continues to participate in family gatherings.

Despite the legal challenges he faced, including settling a lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre, his involvement in royal events remains consistent. However, notable absentees from the Easter service included Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their children, as the Duchess of Cambridge continues her treatment for cancer.

In a heartfelt video message released earlier in March, Princess Kate expressed her need for privacy and focus on recovery, emphasizing the importance of family support during this time. The royal family's traditional Easter outing was notably scaled down this year, in line with medical advice to limit contact due to the King's ongoing treatment.

Buckingham Palace revealed in February that King Charles had been diagnosed with cancer, prompting adjustments to his public engagements. While the royal couple's separate seating arrangement during the service aimed to reduce infection risks, a source close to the family expressed optimism about the King's progress in treatment.

Despite the challenges posed by his diagnosis, there's confidence in the effectiveness of the medical interventions being pursued. Reflecting on past gatherings, the royal family's Christmas celebration in 2023 was a testament to their resilience and unity.

With King Charles leading the festivities and extending invitations to Queen Camilla's family, the occasion symbolized a modern, inclusive approach to royal traditions.

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