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Who advised the Queen to walk into the Abbey escorted by Andrew??
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TinyTortoise · 29/03/2022 13:07

This seems to be the most tone deaf and damaging decision. It's a public facing event with international leaders and royals. If it was a closed family gathering I could understand it - he is her son still- but why on earth would they allow him to escort her to her seat?! He should be invisible from now on and never represent the RF again. He could have attended and stood somewhere out of the way. She could have chosen anyone to escort her. It's staggeringly awful!

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7394GFReg · 29/03/2022 13:08

It is awful. I didn’t see it though.

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7394GFReg · 29/03/2022 13:08

What is wrong with them? Angry

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Escarpahell · 29/03/2022 13:08

Her husband, her choice.

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SaxendaSummer · 29/03/2022 13:11

She's a very elderly woman. Probably her choice

Who would argue with her to say 'no, not him'

Who would have that conversation with her and put their foot down?

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JudgeRindersMinder · 29/03/2022 13:11

He’s the only one without a convenient partner?
I did wonder wtf too

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EveryFlightBeginsWithAFall · 29/03/2022 13:12

She's as much a fool as the rest of them . Her husband? I'd be even more shocked if he escorted her anywhere

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BoodleBug51 · 29/03/2022 13:13

It just made me think that HM chose him for the car ride as he's the closest relative.

She had every right to rely on her son at her husbands memorial service.

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BoodleBug51 · 29/03/2022 13:14

I meant closest as in living at Windsor.

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Mischance · 29/03/2022 13:15

He's her golden boy.

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peonyandpeaches · 29/03/2022 13:16

Envynot envy.

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Clockstooforward · 29/03/2022 13:19

Probably her choice and remember at her age her mental capacity might not be spot on .

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SickAndTiredAgain · 29/03/2022 13:20

I thought it was maybe done to sort of highlight that he’s there in a personal capacity, helping his mother, rather than anything else.

I’m not defending it, like OP I was wondering why, and just considering if that was their (ill-judged) line of thinking. If he escorts her in (especially through a different entrance), she leans on him to walk etc then he’s there to assist her. Rather than arriving and coming in with everyone else which would put him more “equal” with them.

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thereisonlyoneofme · 29/03/2022 13:20

For gods sake, theres no let up in the nastiness

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DingleyDel · 29/03/2022 13:20

She clearly doesn’t care. I think it’s sending a message that she still stands by him. Unfortunately I’ve lost all respect I had for the Queen after this whole debacle.

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AndAsIfByMagic · 29/03/2022 13:22

Her choice, her husband's memorial, her business.

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GrazingSheep · 29/03/2022 13:22

I think she has well and truly shown where her loyalties lie with regard to Andrew.

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WinnieTheW0rm · 29/03/2022 13:22

No idea who would have actually advised it.

But some thoughts on why it might have been the least worst action

  • it means DofY did not go in as part of the main televised royal arrivals
  • it means he went in via a very short route that broadcasters barely showed (few paces only) but without anyone having to say 'don't show much if Andrew' because the reason was 'please would you limit coverage if the Queen on her feet'

  • we can't know what the Queen thought, but (to nick a phrase from another context) he remains a much loved member of the family, and this was a family affair (Queen's children seated in birth order, not order of precedence)
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Aroundtheworldin80moves · 29/03/2022 13:24

Maybe she's literally keeping him on a short leash.

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Aroundtheworldin80moves · 29/03/2022 13:25

@Aroundtheworldin80moves

Maybe she's literally keeping him on a short leash.

As in shes keeping him away from people.
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ronjobbins · 29/03/2022 13:25

@SickAndTiredAgain

I thought it was maybe done to sort of highlight that he’s there in a personal capacity, helping his mother, rather than anything else.

I’m not defending it, like OP I was wondering why, and just considering if that was their (ill-judged) line of thinking. If he escorts her in (especially through a different entrance), she leans on him to walk etc then he’s there to assist her. Rather than arriving and coming in with everyone else which would put him more “equal” with them.

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LadyLolaRuben · 29/03/2022 13:26

It was the same advisor who oversaw William and Kate's latest tour!

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TinyTortoise · 29/03/2022 13:26

@thereisonlyoneofme

For gods sake, theres no let up in the nastiness

Is that directed at my OP? You do realise what Andrew did?

He is NOT an appropriate representative for this country. This was not just an old lady's private memorial for her husband, it was a public facing event.
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SpringLobelia · 29/03/2022 13:26

It also meant (I believe) that the clergy did not have to line up and greet him like the other royals. So yes might have been the least worst option.

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gogohm · 29/03/2022 13:27

He's her son, it's his dad's memorial. He's also the only one who is single (well publicly single who knows in private) . I don't think it means anything more than a son helping his frail mother who is stubborn and won't use a wheelchair.

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DingleyDel · 29/03/2022 13:27

Maybe Harry refused to attend if he knew Andrew was going to have such a prominent role? HM has not one but TWO other sons who aren’t rapists who could have walked her in.

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