PRINCE William has been praised by fans for pushing his shamed uncle Prince Andrew out of the public eye.
After Prince Andrew failed to make an appearance at the Order of the Garter ceremony on Monday 13 June, following a “family decision” it has been speculated if Prince William, 40, was the force behind it.
According to reports, Prince William even threatened to pull out of the day’s celebrations if his uncle showed up to the public festivities, thus handing his family the ultimatum, which clearly worked in his favour.
The disgraced Prince, 62, has been kept out of the lime light ever since his shock court trial against sexual abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre that ended in a settlement in February earlier this year.
Prince Andrew has always vehemently denied sexual abuse claims but has seemingly been shunned by the rest of the family, except for his mother, the Queen who invited him to join her at Prince Philip’s memorial service in March.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, a source claimed Prince William feels Prince Andrew’s behaviour is “dangerous.”
The source told the Daily Mail: “He has strong views on the Duke of York and believes his insistence in trying to cling on to a public role is highly dangerous for the institution.”
One fan praised Prince William on Twitter for his stony stance on Andrew: “Prince William telling the palace that he wasn’t going to attend The Order of The Garter procession if Andrew went is just perfection.
“He’s not a fan of him & knows the public aren’t either, very bold move that’s paid off where Andrew can’t be seen publicly.
Well done William.”
Another wrote: “Go Prince William!”
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The Queen and Prince Charles and the ONLY Royals to be honoured in this very special way
The mother and son are the only members of the Royal family to have the Union Flag flown to honour their birthdays.
It has been speculated that the real reason the Queen and Charles only receive this special honour is so it doesn’t cause Prince Andrew to feel embarrassed.
After losing his titles following the Giuffre scandal, William, Kate, Anne and Edward have lost the privilege too.
Prince William could oust Prince Andrew in future
It has been reported that Prince William and Charles want to slim down the Royal family, and it looks like Andrew is one of the first to.
Following the sex abuse claims, it looks like Prince Andrew’s chances of re-joining the Royal family are slim.
Prince William made the shock ultimatum that it would be him or his uncle to attend the Order of the Garter, with the family ultimately choosing William according to the Daily Mail.
Prince William’s time in the air ambulance
The Prince spent around two years working with the air ambulance and donated his earnings to charity.
Prince William worked for the East Anglian Air Ambulance from 2015 to 2017.
He worked as a helicopter pilot, helping those who were very badly injured or ill.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said he saw “so much death” and opened up about how tough it is to cope with.
He said: “It impacts your own life and your own family life because it is always there.”
The Prince added: “It really does, it stays with you, at home it stays with you for weeks on end, doesn’t it, and you see the world in a much more, slightly depressed, darker, blacker place.”
During the time he worked there he earnt a £40,000 salary which was donated to the cause.
The Royal family wish Prince William a very happy birthday
Prince William is celebrating his 40th birthday.
On the Royal Family Twitter page, a lovely thread has been shared of Prince William on his birthday.
Pictures have been released of when baby William and late mother Princess Diana were released from hospital in London following his birth.
40 years on, the Prince has made some great accomplishments in his life, and has a gorgeous family with three children.
William and Charles have explosive row, as Prince of Wales claims he was being ‘airbrushed’ out of son’s life
Prince Charles had “explosive rows” with his eldest son, Prince William, after feeling that he was being “airbrushed” out of the Cambridges’ lives, it’s reported.
Insiders say the Prince of Wales was hurt when William became close to the Middleton family – and felt “bruised” by their relationship.
Charles is rarely able to attend last-minute family events as his busy diary is organised up to six months in advance, they said.
It means he has been forced to miss “impromptu” birthday parties for his grandchildren George, Charlotte and Louis, the Daily Mail reports.
Royal editor Rebecca English said: “Explosive rows between father and son were often overheard by staff, with Charles — who hates family confrontations — burying himself in his paperwork to avoid the conflict.”
However, in recent years the men have become much closer as they step up to support the Queen.
Wowzers! The net worth of the Royal family
Here are the eye-popping figures of how much each member is worth.
Top of the list (of course) we have the Queen who is worth £420 million.
Prince Charles follows with £326 million and his son Prince William is worth around £24 million.
Princess Anne has a net worth of around the same as William with £24 million.
Prince Edward is worth around £36 million and Prince Andrew is thought to be worth around £62 million.
Throwback Tuesday: Prince’s Charles, William and Harry in 2005
Prince William posed with his dad and his brother on holiday in the Swiss mountains.
They visited Klosters-Serneus in Switzerland, a beautiful countryside resort in the Alpines.
The Klosters resort was a popular favourite for Prince Charles since the 1980s.
Prince Charles, William and Harry holidayed there in 2005, for their spring getaway in March.
At the time, Charles was preparing for his wedding to Camilla.
When asked how William felt about the upcoming nuptials, he said he was “very happy, very pleased, it will be a good day” for his father.
The Queen’s witty remark to Prince Charles when William was born, 40 years ago
Her Majesty is known for her hilarious quips, and a letter Charles wrote to his cousin revealed what the Queen said.
Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William, at St Mary’s Hospital back in 1982.
Reportedly the Queen said: “Thank heavens he hasn’t ears like his father,” according to Marie Claire.
Prince Charles could CUT the Royal family to eight members
Reportedly Prince Charles might whittle down the Royal family.
A royal commentator has claimed Prince Charles wants to majorly slim down the Royal family.
Kinsey Schofield told Insider: “While these are all individuals that will be out in the future representing the crown, I think Charles will try to draw attention to himself, Camilla, and the Cambridge family as the future of the monarchy.”
It is thought William shares his fathers views.
William is thought to be “absolutely on the same page” as his father when it comes to a smaller monarchy.
A source told the Daily Mail: “He is very close to his cousins, Beatrice and Eugenie, but these women have their own families and careers and he believes this is a very good thing.”
Prince William and Kate will have a joint birthday party
Kate’s birthday had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, so they will share a 40th birthday bash this year!
The Queen is thought to host a party for the two at Windsor Castle or Sandringham.
Royal sources told the Mirror that Kate and Wills should “celebrate their landmark birthdays in style.”
The Queen and her son, Prince Andrew
Reportedly The Queen keeps Andrew around as he is very “loyal”.
In the podcast Pod Save The Queen, host Zoe Forsey spoke to the royal biographer Andrew Morton.
He said: “Prince Andrew has always been absolutely loyal to his mother.
“He will never hear a word said against her, he has been intensely loyal.”
Prince William’s milestones
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales was born second in line to the throne at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, at 9.03pm on June 21 1982.
He weighed 7lb 1 1/2oz and was the firstborn son of heir to the throne, Charles, and the Princess of Wales.
At just nine months old, he accompanied his parents on their six-week official visit to Australia and New Zealand, a move which was a break from royal tradition.
His mother, Diana, who separated from Charles in 1992, died in a car crash in 1997.
He was just 15 and his brother Harry, 12, and the pair walked behind the princess’s coffin during a funeral procession through London.
William met Kate Middleton at St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland, and the pair wed in 2011 after dating for more than eight years.
He was made the Duke of Cambridge by his grandmother, the Queen, on the morning of his wedding.
Duke of Cambridge marks 40th birthday
The Duke of Cambridge has been photographed with a Big Issue seller in a series of pictures released to mark his 40th birthday.
William is pictured with his arm on the shoulder of 60-year-old Dave Martin, who took William under his wing earlier this month and showed him how to sell the magazine which gives an income to the homeless.
His milestone birthday comes in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year and, mirroring his grandmother’s commitment to duty and service, he has vowed to continue to raise the issue of homelessness in an article for the Big Issue.
“So, for my part, I commit to continue doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable issue not just today, but in the months and years to come,” wrote the duke who is the magazine’s cover star along with Mr Martin.
He added: “And in the years ahead, I hope to bring George, Charlotte and Louis to see the fantastic organisations doing inspiring work to support those most in need – just as my mother did for me.”
Charles travels to Rwanda for Commonwealth meeting (2/2)
Ahead of CHOGM, the prince hailed the potential of the Commonwealth to make a difference on issues like climate change or providing opportunities for young people.
He said: “Taking shared responsibility to solve problems like these means the Commonwealth has the potential to make a profound difference in the lives of its citizens – and, in so doing, to be an unparalleled force for good in our world.”
The future king, who will be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall, will carry out a full day of engagements on Wednesday when he will meet survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide.
In 1994 hundreds of thousands of members of the Tutsi community were slaughtered in Rwanda by ethnic Hutu extremists. The issue of genocide and reconciliation is said to be very close to the prince’s heart and he will visit a village that was targeted.
The trip will be the first royal visit to Rwanda and one of a minority of the world’s nations the Queen has not visited.
Charles has been encouraged by former Rwandan footballer Eric Murangwa to visit a church outside the Rwandan capital where the remains of tens of thousands of genocide victims are buried.
Mr Murangwa was sheltered from the killings by teammates, and Charles made him an MBE in recognition of his efforts raising awareness of the genocide against the Tutsi. He is the founder of the organisation Football for Hope, Peace and Unity.
In April, Mr Murangwa was invited to watch as the prince planted a tree at Dumfries House in commemoration of the genocide victims.
Charles travels to Rwanda for Commonwealth meeting (1/2)
The Prince of Wales will arrive in Rwanda for the much-awaited Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that was postponed by the pandemic.
Charles will represent the Queen, head of the Commonwealth, when prime ministers and presidents gather in Rwanda for the global summit.
The visit has been overshadowed by a recent report in the Times which claims Charles branded the Government’s policy to send migrants to Rwanda “appalling”.
The newspaper said a source had heard Charles express opposition to the policy several times in private, and that he was “more than disappointed” by it.
Used to write letters and now best buds with the Queen
One of Prince William’s godparents used to write letters on behalf of the Queen.
Godparents of royals are often foreign royals or heads of state, however Lady Susan Hussey managed to make the inner circle and become Prince William‘s godmother.
Starting off as a letter-writer for the Queen, Lady Susan became friends with the now-96-year-old monarch and worked her way up the ranks to becoming her lady-in-waiting.
Now 82-years-old, Lady Susan is reportedly still very good friends with the Queen.
Go Away, Uncle!
Prince William has reportedly made clear he doesn’t want Prince Andrew in the family anymore.
Prince Andrew is known to have shared company with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
He’s also been accused by Virginia Giuffre of sexually abusing her – an accusation he firmly denies, but then paid out £12million.
According to a friend, Prince William thinks his uncle holding on to the spotlight “is dangerous for the institution.”
The friend continued: “He would have cut him loose a long time ago if it had been up to him.
“He understands that when it comes to mother and son the situation is complicated, but honestly I think he just wishes he would vanish from public view”
Who are the most popular royals?
Most people would agree that the Queen is the most favoured royal.
YouGov have published a poll that shows who the most popular royals are.
The Queen is top with 75% popularity while Prince Andrew, unsurprisingly, brings up the rear with 12%.
Even Prince Philip, who passed away last year, is more popular than a number of royals including Prince Andrew and his daughters, Prince Charles and Meghan Markle.
George Ezra was left shocked by the scale of the Jubilee event
Despite being a huge star, George Ezra had to provide ID to enter Buckingham Palace.
The Hertford native said: “There was this whole stress of what you need to get in. There was a list – utility bill was one of them. We were like, ‘Let’s just do it by the book… do what they want.
“I was a bit ignorant about how big an event it was. I got on stage and on seeing The Mall, I went, ‘Oh my God’. A couple of days later I walked down The Mall to soak it all in.
“But it was great to be a part of it in real time.”
Platinum Jubilee caused a spike in COVID
22,000 people are thought to have attended the Platinum Jubilee concert.
Two strains of COVID are said to be on the rise and a report estimates an increase of 43% of people has COVID in the week following the jubilee.
The Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 are believed to be on the rise.
Scientists have suggested that though the variants are on the rise anyway, the long weekend “would certainly not have helped”.
Prince William’s ‘eye opening’ Big Issue experience – well-intentioned but patronising?
The second in line to the throne has a special interest in helping to end homelessness.
Earlier in the year, the Prince took to the streets of London to sell The Big Issue, a magazine sold by those dealing with homelessness and long-term unemployment.
Asked about why he chose to sell the magazine, he spoke about Princess Diana taking him to a homeless shelter when he was 11 and that he would do the same for his children.
He explained: “Ever since I came here with my mother, homelessness has stuck with me as an issue I want to fight for.
“I’ve done everything I can to raise the profile of the homeless, and I want to do a lot more.
“While I may seem like one of the most unlikely advocates for this cause, I have always believed in using my platform to help tell those stories and to bring attention and action to those who are struggling.”
Fergie reveals name Eugenie and Beatrice call her
Sarah Ferguson has a book set to be released about her life.
The former wife of accused sex offender, Prince Andrew, has a book coming out about her life stories.
She is the mother of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, and over the years has made headlines.
Speaking to LBC about her book, the 62-year-old revealed that her daughters, whom she referred to as “my babies” think she is “too trusting.”
She explained: “My girls call me, I’m like a big puppy dog, a Labrador.”
Camilla and Prince Charles always find time for each other
The Duchess of Cornwall got candid with British Vogue.
In her debut for the staple magazine, Camilla spoke of her schedule and how she and Prince Charles manage to stay close.
The 74-year-old said it was lovely when they finally find time together.
She said: “It’s not easy sometimes, but we do always try to have a point in the day when we meet.
“Sometimes it’s like ships passing in the night, but we always sit down together and have a cup of tea and discuss the day. We have a moment.
“It’s lovely to catch up when we have a bit of time. You know when we go away, the nicest thing is that we actually sit and read our books in different corners of the same room. It’s very relaxing because you know you don’t have to make conversation.
“You just sit and be together.”
The Queen was absent from Ascot, but Kate wowed in polka dots
Kate and William attended Royal Ascot looking quite the pair.
The Cambridges had been absent from Ascot so many were excited to see them, and looking so good too.
The Queen was absent from this year’s events due to her limited mobility, however Kate and William eventually made an appearance.
While William was dapper in his coat tails, stole the spotlight in her Alessandra Rich white dress with brown polka dots. She paired it with a brown Sally-Ann Provan hat and brown pointed heels.
Is the Queen okay?
At 96-years-old, questions of the monarch’s health have been more frequent.
During the platinum jubilee, the Queen missed many events due to limited mobility.
She’s started handing more responsibility to other members of the main family, but we’re also seeing her less and less.