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Controversial Prince Harry, Andrew pushed to third row at UK coronation


Controversial Prince Harry, Andrew pushed to third row at UK coronation

Harry and Andrew both smiled as they made their way through the convent to their seats.

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Princes Harry and Andrew attended King Charles III’s coronation on Saturday but were relegated to the third row of the royal family, having no formal role in the proceedings.

Charles’ youngest son, Harry and his American wife Meghan, stepped down from royal duties in 2020 and has since made a series of thorny attacks on the monarchy.

Andrew, the king’s eldest brother, has been frozen because of his past relationship with the late disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein and a related sexual abuse allegation has been settled. outside the court.

Driven in a state vehicle from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in London, part of the crowd in the stands in front of the palace booed as Andrew passed.

Harry, 38, Duke of Sussex, and Andrew, 63, Duke of York, arrived at the monastery with other members of the royal family.

This is Harry’s first reunion with his family since subjecting them to a barrage of harsh criticism in his recent memoir “Spare” and in a series of television interviews.

Meghan remains in California with the couple’s young children, thus avoiding awkward interactions with her husband’s family.

Smiles in the monastery

Former British Army captain Harry, who served in Afghanistan, wore a morning vest with medals, while Andrew – a Royal Navy helicopter pilot during the 1982 Falklands War – wore a knight’s robe.

Harry is seen chatting with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, husband of Princess Beatrice, eldest daughter of his cousin Andrew.

He also spoke briefly to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, after entering the Great West Door.

Welby married Harry and Meghan at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018.

Harry and Andrew both smiled as they made their way through the convent to their seats.

Both are ranked in the third row – out of line with their positions in the line of succession to the throne.

Harry is fifth in line to the throne, behind his brother Prince William and William’s three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Wales.

Andrew is eighth, behind Harry and his children – Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet of Sussex.

Andrew sat at the end of the row next to Beatrice, while Harry sat next to Jack Brooksbank, husband of Princess Eugenie, Andrew’s youngest daughter.

Saturday marks Archie’s fourth birthday, so Harry can quickly leave to return to his home in California.

Andrew’s connection to Epstein – the boyfriend of the prince’s friend, Ghislaine Maxwell – has come back to haunt him.

An American woman, Virginia Giuffre, said she was pressured to have sex with Andrew when she was 17 after being convicted in 2008 of child prostitution by Epstein.

Andrew denied the allegations in a BBC interview in November 2019, however that interview went downhill badly.

Within days, he withdrew from his patronage, and in May 2020 he permanently relinquished all public roles.

The case was settled out of court in February 2022, with Giuffre accepting donations to his charity and Andrew not admitting liability.

Andrew was involved in the events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, but aside from mourning his mother, Charles showed no signs of allowing him to return to public life.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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