UK’s Prince William Pulls Out of Memorial Service for Godfather

The Prince of Wales has withdrawn from attending a memorial service at Windsor Castle for one of his godfathers due to a “personal matter.”

The office of Kensington Palace declined to provide details, however, they noted that the Princess of Wales is making a good recovery from abdominal surgery.

Prince William was scheduled to give a reading at the service in St George’s Chapel for Constantine II of Greece, who passed away in January of the previous year.

He has informed the family of the late Greek king, who are present at the ceremony, of his absence via a phone call.

The Princess of Wales will not partake in official royal duties until after Easter, following her surgery in January.

King Charles will be absent from the ceremony as he undergoes treatment for an undisclosed type of cancer.

While residing at Windsor Castle, Charles is expected to depart the royal estate in Berkshire by Tuesday morning.

Numerous international royals have made the journey to Windsor for the ceremony, though there were no plans for the king to engage with them in private meetings.

Pavlos, Constantine’s eldest son, will replace William in delivering the reading.

The Duke of York, along with family members such as his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice, the Princess Royal, and Zara and Mike Tindall, made their way to the chapel. They were transported to the castle’s courtyard by coach before arriving at the chapel.

The queen was the last British royal to arrive, traveling from the castle to the 15th-century chapel, where she was welcomed by Windsor’s dean, the Right Rev Christopher Cocksworth, at the Galilee Porch.

King Charles had a close relationship with Constantine, who was his second cousin as well as a first cousin once removed and sailing companion of the late Duke of Edinburgh.

Constantine’s life ended at 82 in January of the previous year, years after his dethronement in a military coup.