Janet Street-Porter and the rest of the Loose Women panel have shared their views on Prince Andrew walking the Queen to her seat at Prince Philip’s memorial ‘sends the message that he’s her favourite son’.
On Tuesday this week, the Duke of York made his first public appearance since settling his US sex abuse case at the memorial held for his father, the late Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 in April 2021.
The monarch entered the Abbey holding onto Andrew’s arm, despite the belief that the Palace would want Queen Elizabeth II to distance herself from Andrew following the court case.
With the royal having paid his accuser Virginia Roberts a reported £12million last month despite claiming he was innocent, some have interpreted Andrew’s entrance at the memorial with the Queen as a public display of support, something that Janet agrees with.
‘It would have been a tough day for her. I think in terms of the image that it sends, the message that it sends across to the rest of us, I suppose what it says is he is her favourite son. Everybody knows that. It’s been reported many, many times. I just think it was a bit unfortunate. But obviously, it’s her choice,’ the presenter said.
Janet explained that the Dean of Westminster was apparently supposed to take the Queen to her seat from her car, ‘but Andrew went to Windsor Castle, met the Queen and then they changed cars at Buckingham Palace, so he went with her every step of the way’.
The broadcaster outlined how Andrew has been visiting the Queen ‘on a daily basis’, emphasising that not only do they have a ‘close relationship, but he’s been there for her’.
However, she added that after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of the Caribbean – when the images release from their trip ‘seemed to give an impression of the royal family that wasn’t really keeping up with the times’ – the royal family ‘needs to think again how to be relevant and how to move forward’.
‘And I think the images of Andrew with the Queen do send a message that some people will find hard to take,’ she added.
Linda Robson remarked that in her view, at the end of the day, the Queen, who’s 95 years old, ‘was a woman mourning her husband and she wanted her son to be there’.
‘Whether it was Andrew, or whether it was Edward or it was Charles, unfortunately it was Andrew. Maybe Charles should have been the one that walked her to her seat,’ she said.
Remarking on how the monarch ‘looked quite frail’, Linda added: ‘She must be thinking, that’s what I want. It’s her choice. If she wants Andrew to walk her there, let him walk her there.’
Janet explained that she found it a ‘shame’ that the memorial to Prince Philip ended up ‘boiling down to whether Prince Andrew should have taken her to her seat or not’.
Meanwhile, Stacey said that in her opinion, ‘two things can be true at the same time’, saying that while the Queen is a woman in grief, there are people who feel ‘dissociated’ with the royal family.
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.
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