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UK’s Prince William Pulls Out of Memorial Service for His Godfather Because of ‘Personal Matter’

February 27, 2024

LONDON — Kensington Palace says Britain’s Prince William has pulled out of attending a memorial service for his godfather, the late King Constantine of Greece, because of a personal matter.

The palace declined to elaborate on Tuesday but said his wife, the Princess of Wales, who is recovering from abdominal surgery, continues to do well.

It said William called the Greek royal family, which is attending the memorial service in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, to let them know he was unable to attend. Constantine II of Greece died in January of last year at the age of 82.

King Charles III, who is being treated for an undisclosed form of cancer, also will not attend the service for his cousin. The monarch has canceled all his public engagements while he receives treatment.

FILE – Britain’s Prince William, The Prince of Wales, listens as he visits the British Red Cross at its headquarters in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. Kensington Palace says Britain’s Prince William has pulled out of attending a memorial service for his godfather, the late King Constantine of Greece, because of a personal matter. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, Pool, File)
First row, from left: Duchess of Glucester, Duke of Gloucester, Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Princess Anne and Britain’s Queen Camilla attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, England, Tuesday Feb. 27, 2024. Constantine II, who died on January 10, 2023 was the last King of Greece, reigning from 1964 to 1974. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)
Front row, left to right: Princess Olympia of Greece, Prince Achilleas of Greece, Carlos Morales and Princess Tatiana of Greece joined by, second row left to right: King Felipe of Spain, Queen Letizia of Spain, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Benedikte of Denmark attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, England, Tuesday Feb. 27, 2024. Constantine II, who died on January 10, 2023 was the last King of Greece, reigning from 1964 to 1974. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)
From left, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Mike Tindall and Princess Anne attend a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, England, Tuesday Feb. 27, 2024. Constantine II, who died on January 10, 2023 was the last King of Greece, reigning from 1964 to 1974. (Andrew Matthews/Pool via AP)

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