Balmoral Boycott: Prince William Considering Summer Getaway With Kate Middleton Over Annual Royal Holiday Tradition to Avoid Prince Andrew

prince andrew
Source: MEGA

Prince William and Princess Kate to skip Balmoral to avoid Prince Andrew.

Jul. 6 2024, Published 4:26 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to FlipboardShare to Email

Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales, could potentially skip King Charles III's annual invite to vacation at Balmoral Castle if Prince Andrew is already there.

Article continues below advertisement
prince andrew
Source: MEGA

'That poor horse,' someone wrote on X in response to new pictures of Prince Andrew.

"I'm sure William and Catherine will want to go up with some friends for the Glorious Twelfth, and I suspect Andrew would like to go for a few days shooting as well," a source told an outlet when pointing out the popular hunting event in the Scottish Highlands. "Charles has seemed happy to allow Andrew his family days at the royal shoots, and I am sure that will continue."

The Prince and Princess of Wales are said to find the Duke of York to be "creepy", allegedly, and much prefer the company of either Princess Anne or Prince Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh.

Last summer, which was the first Balmoral sojourn with Charles III wearing the Crown, may have seen the monarch purposefully plant Andrew in William and Kate, Princess of Wales' car to capitalize on the duo's popularity.

In a bid to use the Wales' to boost Andrew's image, the monarch reportedly "overruled" William's pushback and commanded "the family to fall in line in welcoming the disgraced Duke of York back into the family fold," royal expert Russell Myers told an outlet in August 2023.

Article continues below advertisement
king charles
Source: MEGA

King Charles III and Kate, Princess of Wales have battled cancer throughout 2024.

The carefully orchestrated maneuver was captured by photographers. The Prince and Princess of Wales were driving into Balmoral Castle as guests of the King, but all eyes quickly focused on the Duke of York in the passenger seat next to his nephew. Kate was sitting in the back with a curious expression on her face that some registered as "discomfort" at the situation.

Amid the controversy, some insiders stepped forward to throw cold water on the reactions. "He is part of the family. He is the king’s brother. He has not been found guilty of any crime, and I think it’s fair to say that the king is making it clear that he won’t turn his back on his brother," a friend of King Charles' spilled to a publication.

Article continues below advertisement
queen victoria pp
Source: MEGA

Prince Albert purchased Balmoral Castle and its vast land holdings for Queen Victoria in 1852.

The news was surprising to many observers since the King had been bogged down in a long-running feud with his brother over Royal Lodge, which still rages on one year later. The monarch is also understood to have been a strong advocate for removing his sibling from royal duties after his ties with Jeffrey Epstein became a scandal.

The British monarch and their consort typically spend late July to early October at the private estate near the village of Ballater close to the Highlands. This royal vacation has persisted since the early reign of Queen Victoria in the mid-nineteenth century when she and Prince Albert purchased the vast estate.

Article continues below advertisement
kate middleton prince william are pillars monarchy amid health crises scandals
Source: MEGA

Kate Middleton and Prince William with King Charles III and their three children at Trooping the Colour, June 15, 2024.

Source: TRO

GBN reported on the insider revelation.

Advertisement

GET BREAKING ROYAL NEWS
STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX.

More Stories

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 THE ROYAL OBSERVER™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. THE ROYAL OBSERVER is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.