Prince Andrew to attend Duke of Edinburgh memorial in first public outing since settling sex case

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The Duke of York stepped down from public duties in 2019. Credit: PA

Prince Andrew plans to attend his father the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service, it is understood.

The Duke of York, who recently settled a civil sex claim against him, will be present at the Westminster Abbey event on March 29.

It will be his first public appearance since the out-of-court agreement - which was revealed in court documents in mid-February - was made with his accuser Virginia Giuffre.

The Duke of York has always strenuously denied any allegations of wrongdoing Credit: Chris Jackson/PA

Large numbers of the royal family including the Queen are expected to attend next week’s service, alongside Philip’s friends, colleagues and representatives of organisations he supported.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that the Duke of Sussex will miss the memorial service, with a spokesperson for US-based Prince Harry saying he would not return for the high-profile occasion, but adding that he hoped to visit his grandmother the Queen soon.

Harry will not be attending the memorial service for his grandfather Credit: Hannah McKay/PA

Prince Andrew, who stepped down from royal duties in November 2019, attended his father, Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021.

In January, the Queen stripped her second son of his prestigious honorary military titles and royal patronages, and he stopped using his HRH style, in a move that effectively cast him adrift from the institution.

But it had been thought that any decision around Andrew’s attendance would depend on whether the Queen considers the thanksgiving church service a family event or an official engagement, and how much she and royal aides would be concerned that Andrew’s presence could detract from the proceedings.

Last month, a letter submitted to the United States District Court said Andrew “regrets his association” with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, and had agreed to make a “substantial donation” to Ms Giuffre’s charity, after the pair agreed an undisclosed out-of-court settlement in her civil sex claim against him.

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