The Telegraph: Prince Andrew Won't Attend Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Last Royal Outing
Having stepped back from royal duties following the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, is set to miss the Commonwealth Day Service, which would be Harry and Meghan's last official engagement.
Prince Andrew has almost always been certain to attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey alongside Senior Members of the Royal Family, but this year would be different.
This is because the Prince would miss the service this year, a decision that is connected to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal that he is currently facing, which made him step back from royal duties.
Though Prince Andrew would be missing from the service, one Royal couple confirmed to be attending would be Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle.
The service represents the Sussexes' last official duty before they finally step down as senior members of the Royal family.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
It would also mark the first time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be together in the same gathering with other Royal Family members since their shocking "Megxit" announcement in January.
Eugenie shared a picture of herself as a young girl, riding a pony, and looking up to her father who watched her closely.
Harry and Meghan's stepdown as senior members of the royal family will take effect on April 1, 2019. The other royalties expected to be in attendance are Prince Charles and Camilla.
Harry's older brother, Prince William, would also be present with his wife, Kate Middleton, which would make for an interesting atmosphere, considering the continued rumor that the brothers had a feud with each other.
The Queen, who is the head of the Commonwealth, will most definitely be there, and one can say she would be elated to have her two grandsons present.
Prince Andrew marked his birthday last month, and despite the ongoing controversy the Duke of York is facing, members of his family took time off to wish him a happy birthday.
Leading the felicitations was Her Majesty The Queen, and Prince Andrew's ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson. Andrew's daughter, Princess Eugenie, also joined in by posting a sweet tribute to her old man on Instagram.
She shared a picture of herself as a young girl, riding a pony and looking up to her father, who watched her closely. The lovely photo was taken by Eugenie's mom, Sarah Ferguson. In the caption to the post, Eugenie wished her father a happy birthday.
Sarah is quite active on social media and engages in posting throwback pictures of herself, her kids, her ex-husband, and photographs of her philanthropic work.