Queen Elizabeth chose her son Prince Andrew to escort her to Prince Philip's memorial service.
The move raised several eyebrows when the people saw Her Majesty arriving at Westminster Abbey with a controversial escort Tuesday. Several netizens slammed the move, but the monarch did it for a reason.
Queen Elizabeth And Royal Family Slammed For Choosing Prince Andrew As Her Escort
The 95-year-old royal attended Prince Philip's memorial service. There were speculations in the past weeks that she might not make it due to her health. However, she made it and she was escorted by her second son, Prince Andrew, putting the latter front and center at the event.
Several netizens criticized the royal family for allowing the disgraced royal to be the Queen's escort. For the royal critics, the Queen was publicly showing her support to the Duke of York who settled a sexual assault lawsuit last month.
"It was a slap in the face to see the Queen as Head of State publicly endorse disgraced Prince Andrew with such a prominent role at Prince Philip memorial service. Like all is forgiven & forgotten? It’s not," Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, lawyer and author of "This Is Why I Resist" tweeted. "Royal Family don’t care what we think or feel. Entitled galore. Shameful."
"This was the Queen endorsing Andrew after he paid millions to a woman he says he has no recollection of ever meeting. Either Charles and William didn’t intervene – or they did and failed to stop the prince performing such a high profile role at his father’s memorial service," former BBC correspondent Peter Hunt added.
"The Queen chose disgraced Andrew, a son who paid £12m to settle a sex case and avoid court, to escort her into Westminster Abbey," Daily associate editor Kevin Maguire wrote.
While many considered the Queen's decision an error of judgment, many also supported the monarch's decision to have Prince Andrew as her escort.
"Maybe the Queen chose Andrew to support her because she loves her son despite his errors in life. For God's sake after 70 years of service let her be a mother when she is remembering the life of her husband at a Christian ceremony," one netizen wrote.
"Amazed really by all the negative reactions to Prince Andrew being with the Queen at his father's memorial. Love him or loathe him. He hasn’t been found guilty of anything. And it’s his FATHER. Even prisoners get compassionate leave to attend funerals etc.," another netizen added.
"Of course, this is a service for Prince Andrew's father. He lost a parent last year. And the Queen, now a widow, needed a family member to support her," ITV News royal editor Chris Ship wrote. "This was also her firm wish. But given the damage Andrew has done to his mother's institution — it was a bold move by the Queen."
Queen Elizabeth 'Insisted' To Have Princ Andrew As Her Escort For A Reason
The Queen has four children and many wondered why Prince Andrew when she could have chosen Prince Charles, Prince Edward or Princess Anne as her escort at the memorial service. Royal experts have satisfying answers for those who questioned the Queen's decision.
According to royal biographer Robert Jobson, the senior members of the royal family were against Prince Andrew escorting the monarch. However, the Queen "insisted" for a reason.
"It does make some sense that he accompany her because he doesn't have a partner. A settlement has been paid, but he's guilty of nothing in the eyes of the law," the "Prince Philip's Century" author told People.
"She has faith in Andrew. Even if he disappears from public life, he's been able to pay tribute to his father, who after all, was very proud of his service in the Royal Navy, where he fought in the Falkland Islands conflict."
Camilla Tominey, royal correspondent and the associate editor of The Telegraph, also pointed out that the sight of the mother and son at the gathering was a sign that "blood has always been thicker than water" within the firm.
"But this was also a display of a mother's love for her second — and some say 'favorite' — son — as well as being an opportunity for the Duke to restore his reputation in the guise of helpful 'plus one,'" she added.
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