Buckingham Palace Tried to Block Photography of Prince Andrew Escorting Queen Into Prince Philip’s Memorial

Buckingham Palace tried to stop an official photographer taking {a photograph} of Prince Andrew escorting the queen into Prince Philip’s memorial service final week.

The resolution by the queen to ask Andrew to accompany her into the service was vastly controversial as Andrew has not too long ago settled a court docket case with a lady who accused him of sexually assaulting her. Although Andrew didn’t admit guilt, he paid Virginia Giuffre a sum of money reportedly in extra of $15 million. The queen is claimed to have underwritten half of the settlement from her private fortune.

Although it had been extensively assumed that Andrew would attend the memorial to his father, he was anticipated to enter Westminster Abbey together with his youngsters and sit with them.

In the occasion, he walked the queen by the arm to her seat earlier than taking a entrance row seat subsequent to Prince Edward.

Now, the official “rota” photographer tasked with catching the occasion on behalf of all U.Ok. print media has written a primary individual piece in The London Times during which he describes how palace officers initially sought to stop him taking an image of the queen till she was seated. This would have meant there would have been no nonetheless pictures of the queen and Andrew as she walked to her seat, regardless of your entire service being screened reside on TV.

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Photographer Richard Pohle wrote that he entered a state of “excessive panic” upon being “advised by a Buckingham Palace press officer that I couldn’t {photograph} the arrival of the queen into Westminster Abbey. Only as soon as she was seated, they stated.”

Pohle stated he tried to diplomatically argue that as there had been important curiosity in how the queen would arrive, on her personal two toes or in a wheelchair or buggy for instance, he needs to be allowed to take photos of her arrival.

His arguments fell on deaf ears.

However, when news filtered via ten minutes earlier than the beginning of the service that Andrew was going to be main her in, he writes, “every part” modified and he demanded to be allowed to {photograph} what “was now the main news occasion,” and bolstered his case with the argument that “the BBC was carrying the entire occasion reside.”

The palace relented—however then to his horror Pohle realised, when the congregation stood up for the queen’s entrance, that he couldn’t see the queen and Andrew from his official place.

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He writes: “Desperation dictated I do one thing shortly. As the choir started up I jumped off my footstool and moved shortly to the aisle between the rows of seats reverse the place the queen would stroll.

“Suddenly shifting from an official place whereas on a royal rota is probably the most cardinal of sins. I brushed previous the press officer and will really feel a hand attain out to attempt to cease me however I rushed previous and crouched within the heart of the aisle… I bought the image.”

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