The Cambridges and the Sussexes joined Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson in Windsor on Friday to celebrate Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding.
And while all were dressed in their finest for the occasion – and Prince George and Princess Charlotte were on their best behaviour – there was one very senior royal absent on the big day; future queen, Camilla Parker Bowles.
Clarence House, the palace where she lives with Charles, announced earlier this week that the Duchess of Cornwall would not be able to attend due to a prior engagement in Scotland.
Over her two-day visit, she’s joining a cooking class at Alford Community Campus and watching a Harvest Festival performance from local primary school pupils.
It’s believed the appearance, which is taking place near her home in Birkhall, was booked in long before Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank set their wedding date.
A source told The Mirror the couple ‘would not view it as a snub’ as it was a ‘long-standing prior engagement’.
Princess Eugenie stunned in a Peter Pilotto gown and one of the Queen’s tiaras. She walked down the aisle with her father Prince Andrew. Photo: Getty
Princess Charlotte and Prince George were stars of the show. Photo: Getty
However, other sources have suggested that her absence may be down to “past tensions” she has with Charles’ brother, Prince Andrew, the Daily Mail reports.
Following Princess Diana’s death, the Duchess “felt Andrew could have done more” to help smooth her transition into the royal family, a source told the publication.
“The Queen listens to Andrew and he could have helped his brother at a time when he had few allies within the family,” the ‘close figure’ added.
“In fact, I would go so far as to say he was deeply unhelpful when support would have meant a huge amount to her and the Prince.”
The 71-year-old “hasn’t forgotten” about Andrew “playing politics” when it came to his elder brother’s relationship with her.
A source told The Sun that Eugenie is actually ‘fine’ about Camilla missing out on her big day, because she knows the Duchess wouldn’t want ‘to let anyone down’.
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