Prince Harry snubbed as Andrew is allowed to wear formal robes
King Charles Coronation: Princess Eugenie arrives
Prince Harry appears to have been snubbed at King Charles’s Coronation as Prince Andrew has been allowed to wear a formal Coronation robe – despite not being a working royal.
The Duke of Sussex, on the other hand, has appeared at Westminster Abbey wearing a simple suit, rather than military uniform or a robe of his own.
King Charles’ brother was not permitted by the Queen to wear the robes in public when he appeared for her last Garter Day at Windsor Castle.
But now, Andrew seems to have been permitted to wear the robes by the King. Prince Harry appears not to have been extended the same offer.
Andrew took his seat in the third row of the Lantern area of the Abbey with the rest of the Royal Family nearby.
Harry arrived along with Andrew, his children Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, and the Princess Royal Anne.
The Duke of Sussex was seen chatting to his cousins.
Andrew has been permitted to appear in the ceremonial robes despite recent controversy surrounding his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein which saw him withdraw from royal duties.
He was subject to a US civil lawsuit in which Virginia Giuffre accused him of sexual abuse, allegations he has repeatedly and vehemently denied. Andrew settled the dispute out of court.
The late Queen stripped Andrew of all his honorary military roles, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and he gave up his HRH style.
A royal source told the Mirror this week that it appears the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, are distancing themselves from Andrew.
They said: “Although Andrew put himself up front during the royals’ walk to church in Windsor on Easter Sunday, it was telling the Prince and Princess of Wales hung back as they did not wish to be pictured with him.”
Harry is expected to head home swiftly after the ceremony so he can return home for his son Archie’s birthday.
It has been reported that he will play a background role in the Coronation, not appearing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace or in official pictures.
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