Prince Andrew Will Attend the Order of the Garter Investiture, But Will Not Appear Publicly

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Photo credit: Christopher Furlong - Getty Images
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Prince Andrew continues to remain out of the public eye. But after missing the Platinum Jubilee celebrations because of a positive COVID test, today, a "family decision" is what's keeping him from appearing alongside the rest of the royals at the Order of the Garter ceremony.

As a royal knight of the Garter, Andrew is in Windsor, and will attend the behind-closed-doors investiture and private lunch this afternoon, but he will not participate in the public-facing procession or service.

Prior to 2019, Prince Andrew was a working royal and often appeared alongside the Queen, but in November of that year, he officially stepped back from his royal duties after a controversial Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Since then, Prince Andrew has settled a civil sexual abuse case with Virginia Giuffre out of court, and his reputation has not recovered.

Andrew's involvement isn't the only controversy surrounding today's Order of the Garter ceremonies. There was also a protest outside Windsor Castle objecting to former Prime Minister Tony Blair receiving a knighthood.

A petition asking for the honor to be removed garnered more than 1.5 million signatures.

"Tony Blair caused irreparable damage to both the constitution of the United Kingdom and to the very fabric of the nation's society. He was personally responsible for causing the death of countless innocent, civilian lives and servicement in various conflicts. For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes," it reads in part.

"Tony Blair is the least deserving person of any public honour, particularly anything awarded by Her Majesty the Queen."

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