Prince William’s Sudden Withdrawal From Godfather’s Memorial

( – There seem to be new levels of worry surrounding the British royal family lately due to health concerns and now Prince William has joined the list of potentially incapacitated royals. William was set to attend the memorial service of Greece’s King Constantine II who died on January 20th but unexpectedly pulled out at the last moment. Constantine was Prince William’s godfather, so many are naturally curious about what could have kept him from attending.

His presence would have carried even more weight than it normally would have due to the health concerns of his wife Princess Kate and his father King Charles. Both royals are dealing with health issues, Kate having a recent abdominal surgery and Charles recovering from cancer treatments. William had said his wife was doing well post-surgery, was home at Adelaide Cottage, recovering on schedule and he planned to attend the memorial service by himself. Kate is not expected to make any appearances until after Easter at the earliest. The Prince alerted King Constantine’s widow, Queen Anne-Marie, her son Crown Prince Pavlos, and his wife Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, that he would be unable to attend the service.

Among those who did attend were Queen Camilla, the wife of King Charles, as well as disgraced Prince Andrew, his former wife Sarah Ferguson, and other senior members of the royal family. The only reason given to this point was that Prince William could not attend due to “a personal matter.”

King Constantine II was the Head of the Royal House of Greece and the last to reign as the King of the Hellenes from 1964 to 1973. After his death, his body was presented for public viewing at Athens’ Saint Eleftherios Chapel and his funeral followed at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. The memorial service that William was unable to attend took place at Saint George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on February 27th.

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