Prince Andrew Barred From Public-Facing Elements Of Garter Day Event

Andrew is a Garter Knight and as such would normally participate in the procession. But much has happened since his last appearance at Garter Day 2019.

The Duke of York’s longtime friendship with financier Jeffrey Epstein became the subject of renewed public scrutiny after he killed himself in a New York federal prison on Aug. 10, 2019. Shortly after that, Virginia Giuffre, a victim of Epstein’s sex-trafficking operation, accused Andrew of sexually abusing her on three occasions between 2000 and 2002 while she was under the age of 18.

He denied even meeting Giuffre in a disastrous BBC interview that aired on Nov. 16, 2019. Four days later, Buckingham Palace announced that Andrew would be stepping back from royal duties “for the foreseeable future.”

On Aug. 9, 2021, Giuffre sued Andrew for battery and emotional damages in New York federal court.

On Jan. 13, one day after a judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit, the Queen stripped her second son of his honorary military titles and royal patronages and forbade him from using his “Royal Highness” style. Andrew settled the lawsuit and made an undisclosed payment to Giuffre on Feb. 15.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told BuzzFeed News that, as a member of the Order, Andrew attended the investiture ceremony and the official lunch at Windsor Castle.

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