Prince Andrew Skips Annual Royal Christmas Walk to Church and Attends Earlier Church Service
By Emily Krauser
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Prince Andrew attended Christmas services -- just away from the spotlight of the rest of the royal family.
While Prince William and his family -- wife Kate Middleton and their eldest kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte -- and Andrew's brother, Prince Charles, were photographed on the annual walk to Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, on Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II's other son made a far less public entrance.
According to People, Andrew attended the 9 a.m. service at the estate with Charles and his mother, Queen Elizabeth, which was earlier than the 11 a.m. service traditionally attended by the rest of the royal family. He arrived before members of the public gathered to watch the royals' annual walk.
"It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support," Andrew said in the statement. Noting that he asked his mother if he might "step back from public duties for the foreseeable future," the 59-year-old royal revealed that Her Royal Highness gave her son her permission for him to step down.