King Charles will skip King Constantine’s UK memorial & William probably will too

King Charles is still receiving weekly cancer treatments. His new habit is to come into London at the start of the week for the treatments, then he goes back to Sandringham and spends the rest of the week there. Reportedly, Charles is still eager to be seen/photographed, which is why he’s made a point of going to church at Sandringham every Sunday and waving at photographers. He’s also done what are essentially drive-by photocalls from the car in London too. We can read between the lines though – his cancer treatments have knocked him on his ass and no one knows if or when Charles will be “back to work” in any public way. Speaking of, it’s now been confirmed that Charles will not attend the memorial service for the late King Constantine, one of his close friends and his second cousin. Queen Camilla will attend the service in her husband’s place. There’s no mention of whether the late Greek king’s godson, Prince William, will even bother to attend.

The King is to miss a thanksgiving service for his close friend and second cousin King Constantine of Greece as he continues his treatment for cancer. The Queen will lead members of the royal family as they gather in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on February 27 in honour of the former ruler and last King of Greece who was toppled from the throne decades ago in a military coup.

Constantine II – a first cousin once removed and sailing partner of Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh – died at the age of 82 in January last year. Charles had a close friendship with Constantine, choosing him as a godfather for son William, now the Prince of Wales. The former monarch was also godfather to Prince and Princess of Michael of Kent’s daughter Lady Gabriella Kingston.

Charles, 75, who was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer just over a fortnight ago, is not carrying out public duties while he has treatment.

Camilla and other family members will be joined by the late King’s widow Queen Anne-Marie, their eldest son Crown Prince Pavlos, other members of the Greek royal family and foreign royals for the UK memorial service in the nave of the 15th century chapel in Berkshire. Charles was unable to attend Constantine’s funeral in Athens last year due to commitments including meeting the president of Cyprus, and his sister the Princess Royal represented him at the ceremony.

[From The Evening Standard]

They named Anne-Marie and Prince Pavlos as attendees, so if William was confirmed for it, they would say it. William hasn’t confirmed. He also skipped Constantine’s Greek funeral last year. Back then, I understood why King Charles didn’t want his first overseas trip (as king) to be to Greece for a private (ish) family funeral, but it’s still bonkers to me that William didn’t go. And now it looks like William is too lazy to attend a memorial service IN WINDSOR, not far from Adelaide Cottage. I guess we’re not supposed to wonder if he’s ever really lived in Adelaide, just like we’re not supposed to wonder if Kate “returned” to Adelaide after the kids’ school break in Norfolk. This is all so weird. Anyway, I’m sure Charles feels bad about missing his good friend’s memorial service. Camilla will be there though.

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  1. Tessa says:

    William has those school runs.

  2. Seraphina says:

    This is why this institution needs to be abolished and they need to be taken off the taxpayers’ wallets- Willy is not willing to even pay his respects to a late king who was also his father’s close friend. Even when it’s duty among his own privileged elite he cannot rise to the occasion – how can he be expected to do the same for those he considers beneath him. Unwilling Will – next in line to the throne of England.

    • First comment says:

      He was also one of his godfathers, if I remember correctly…and I think he’s the godfather of one of his children or grandchildren? Not sure but there are definitely ties there that he seems to ignore

    • SussexWatcher says:

      And also his own godfather!! So even if there were no relationship to Chuckles, it’s Pegs’ own godfather. He is the most useless person I’ve ever seen. Every time I think I can’t be more surprised by his petulance and laziness, he says hold my beer. He really doesn’t seem to have matured past that 4-5yo self in the video where Diana can’t get him to come along until she says, fine then, Harry will have all the fun (or whatever she says). He’s a man-baby personified!

      It really is like he’s some sleeper cell trying to destroy the institution from the inside out, except I don’t think that’s actually what’s happening at all. He just is that lazy and incompetent and stupid (and also maybe drunk and mentally unstable).

      • Seraphina says:

        His mother saw his deficiencies and that is why she said Henry has the temperament for a king – not Will.

      • SussexWatcher says:

        Diana was prescient! It’s just wild to me that no one – in 40 – years took him in hand. No one (except Diana) disciplined him or put any rules or restrictions on him. Chuckles and the queen and that entire institution created a monster who now cannot be reined in.

      • MaryContrary says:

        He was a bratty little kid, and has not developed past that stage. Charles did him no favors by not disciplining him-he’s going to continue to drag down the monarchy with this nonsense.

    • Grace says:

      Charles is godfather to Pavlos and Marie-Chantal’s only daughter and William to their oldest son. The Queen was godmother to Theodora and Philip to Philippos if I remember correctly.

  3. Keke Swan says:

    Nice that he’s keeping up appearances for his public, but I can’t imagine Charles is a cheerful patient. Bet there are pens flying everywhere. 🙃

    Also, where’s Kate?

    Don’t people realize this could backfire? What if a princess disappeared for six months and no one missed her? What would that say about your precious monarchy?

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      It was only a week ago that KP was proclaiming that W would attend to make up for not attending the funeral.

      How is it that W is allowed to veer off into every lane he’s not constitutionally allowed to drive in (geopolitics), but refuses to drive in the monarchial lanes custom built for him (family events connecting him with continental royals)?

      Harry was cut free and more or less exiled, and he still toes the line better than his brother in these matters.

      • MaryContrary says:

        This. It’s astounding.

      • Sunday says:

        IMO, Will is allowed to veer off into every lane because everyone – the British establishment, the ruling class, the firm itself, the British media and probably a large chunk of the international press, too – knows he’s completely incompetent and therefore not a threat. He is, however, volatile and impetuous and that makes him dangerous, but only from a PR standpoint because again, nobody actually takes him seriously.

        The new secretary made a grave error by approaching Will’s comms as if the global statesman facade were real and not an absolute joke, which I’m sure Charles loves because Will’s obvious ignorance only makes Charles look more capable, dutiful and intelligent in contrast. I’m sure that Charles is more than happy to give Will enough rope etc, especially while Charles is off from public duties himself while he’s undergoing treatment.

        I’m sure assurances were made behind closed doors – to MPs or diplomats or whoever else involved – that Will doesn’t know what he’s talking about and to just ignore him.

  4. equality says:

    What was old Wyatt’s story about “Prince” being such a rare title? And yet here we have “Crown Prince Pavlos” who is the heir to no throne at all.

  5. Becks1 says:

    The service is in WINDSOR and they’re not sure if William will attend?!!?!? So either he’s not in Windsor while Kate “recovers” or he’s just that incredibly lazy. I mean he could walk to the chapel, or take his scooter or whatever.

    Charles met with Sunak yesterday or the day before, so I think he’s trying very hard to be seen as still working. I would say his doctors advised him not to meet with the general public if he’s immunocompromised due to chemo or the like, but then I can’t figure out church. Maybe he wears a mask while there?

    • liz says:

      Will will be as lazy as possible. And yes, the likelihood of him actually being in Windsor is slim.

      As for Charles and church while immunocompromised. That certainly is possible, if not likely. He almost certainly sits in an isolated section of the chapel, away from the rest of the congregation. Since he isn’t being photographed in church, he may be wearing a mask while there. Services are also on Sunday, when he is likely somewhat recovered from the fatigue that the treatment the previous Monday would have caused. He wouldn’t be going anywhere on Sunday if his treatment had been on Friday or Saturday.

      When my mother was in chemo and immunocompromised, she had to stop teaching – her oncologist said “snot nosed 8 year olds are contraindicated with chemotherapy.” But she didn’t have to completely remove herself from the world. When she felt up for it, she could (and did) do things like play cards with her friends. Being with them made her feel better. Everyone around her was careful to wash their hands and stay away if they weren’t feeling well. Today, they would have worn masks too.

      • SarahCS says:

        Who are the rest of the congregation for these services? I always got the impression it was very limited/invitation only rather than a public church anyone can wander into.

  6. paddingtonjr says:

    For someone so concerned with getting his name in the papers, Wills misses a lot of easy wins. Going to his godfather’s memorial, near his “home”, would give him good press and many “William looked regal as he represented his ailing father. Look at what great king he would make” and “William leaves recovering wife’s bedside to pay respects to his godfather” stories. Also, even though Constantine was deposed, a number of European royals are at least tangentially connected to him. For instance, he’s the uncle of Felipe; even if Felipe doesn’t attend, William’s attendance or absence will be noted for future “soft-diplomacy” reference.

    • sid says:

      If I am the Greek “royals” I would see this as a huge snub. These two families appeared to be thick as thieves up into the Diana years. There are even stories that QEII helped the family out financially in London until their faux crown prince was able to secure the bag by marrying Miller Sister 2. Willileaks can’t suck it up for a few hours to represent the Windsors at this memorial? Really?

    • Lauren says:

      Through his marriage to Anne-Marie, Constantine is also the uncle of Frederik of Denmark and first cousin of the King of Sweden. So the number of royals who will remember this snub is significant

  7. Sumodo1 says:

    Good grief, Charlie Windsor. Get a grip. Go to the dang life celebration for a blood relative, ya dunce. It’s in your backyard! Wear a face mask, protect your immune system, and honor the man. Speaking of dunces, William. ‘Nuff said!

    • EasternViolet says:

      As someone who has been on chemo as a relatively young person, its imperative to rest. I don’t fault Charles for skipping. But William??

    • Tina says:

      Having seen so many family members go through chemo I will give Charles a pass here. Especially at 75. Every treatment is different and every person reacts differently. If he’s having treatments on Monday he might not feel well for days afterwards. Thats how it was for my dad. By the time he got close to another treatment he started to feel better for a day or so. Then the cycle repeated. But William has zero excuse. Personally I’d be super offended if I were Constatine’s family.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah, if his treatments are monday, then he most likely still feels sick on Tuesday so of course won’t attend. One of the reasons for his church strolls is probably bc he feels okay on Sundays, before another round.

    • Jaded says:

      Chemo knocks you flat so Charles gets a pass. If his indolent son doesn’t attend it will reflect badly on him, not his father. I imagine enough people in William’s circles barely put up with him and roll their eyes every time he puts his foot in it.

  8. Tessa says:

    As I recall there was talk of Constantine s daughter Theodor a being a possible match for william.

  9. EasternViolet says:

    This is absolutely the stepping up sort of thing that William needs to do — especially if Charles wanted to attend. Just shows you that there is zero cooperation between KP and BP and William basically decides what he wants to do. This should be as shocking and pearl-clutching to the royalist press as Harry living free in California.

    • WiththeAmerican says:

      This is what’s standing out to me and I’m wondering why we haven’t seen William with his father or Camilla since Christmas. Since the 27th motorcade. Since Kate disappeared.

      • Jaded says:

        Some things speak louder than words. It’s obvious William did something to trigger Kate’s disappearance and his father, step-mother and other royals are avoiding him like the plague.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        WithTheAmerican, I don’t think I’ve seen Wont with any of the members of the brf since Christmas. Interesting.

  10. SarahCS says:

    Initially I assumed this was some big international memorial in Greece and given what we are supposed to believe about his private life at the moment not going would make sense. But it’s in WINDSOR and he’s not confirmed if he’ll attend?????

    We may have to wait some time yet but I really cannot wait for the veil to be lifted on all of this.

    • Lauren says:

      Nope, William already skipped the international memorial in Greece. Supposedly, according to papers, Lady Gabrellia was there representing William but she is also a godchild of Constantine so most likely would have attended anyways

      • Christine says:

        I am clueless about this man. Why does he need a U.K. memorial after an international funeral? Is this usual?

      • Thena says:

        @Christine Constantine lived in the UK for a number of years, and his two youngest children were born there.

  11. Aimee says:

    What the HELL is this man doing that he can’t attend his godfather’s service? He didn’t bother going to the funeral. What is he actually doing?????

  12. anon says:

    Honestly if he can attend glitzy awards shows and CAN’T attend things like this service or the upcoming Commonwealth day service I’m just gobsmacked……the fact that he won’t get criticized either is just honestly mind-blowing. This is the easy stuff. You just have to sit there. This is the bare minimum. How his supporters will twist themselves into knots to make this ok. I mean wouldn’t it be easier to get away from caring for your wife (LOL) for a few hours when the kids are in school?

  13. The Duchess says:

    The memorial is being held right on Willy’s doorstep and the media are still unsure if he can be bothered to attend? So he either isn’t in Windsor, or he’s just too damn lazy to walk down the road to the chapel for a service that will likely last an hour.

  14. Jais says:

    Like the BAFTAS, maybe he’ll decide last minute to go. His schedule feels very spur of the moment right now. Is he avoiding Camilla? Is he upset his father asked Camilla to go rather than him? It’s not like he can’t go on his own accord. It’s in Windsor. Why would he not go?

    • WiththeAmerican says:

      I said this above before I’d seen your comment, but we haven’t seen him with his father or Camilla since the roof got blown off KP with Kates disappearance and the mysterious motorcade.

      Very strange.

      • Jais says:

        He could literally walk with his dad and Camilla to church one Sunday. But that hasn’t happened. My guess is that the relationship is in a very low place.

    • Jaded says:

      @Jais, I think C&C and others in the know are avoiding William, not vice versa. He’s become a pariah to the rest of the BRF. I too think the relationship with his family is in a bad place and they don’t want to be anywhere near him.

      • Jais says:

        Agree @jaded. William is not being asked to step up for Charles. I’m sure Charles didn’t even ask whether William would go to the memorial in his place. He asked Camilla. But yes, there really hasn’t been a photo of William with anyone since Christmas.

  15. Amy Bee says:

    If William is in Windsor, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t go.

  16. Mary Pester says:

    William is still the 5 year old brat screaming “, me me me, not Harry, it’s mine, give it to me now”.! I so wish someone would give him the clip around the ear he should have had years ago. As well as the WORD NO, from his upbringing the other one was RESPECT! because he has NONE not for his father and certainly not his wife or brother or the institution he is supposed to serve

  17. SueBarbri33 says:

    I knew it!!! They’ve already rescheduled and switched venues for this memorial but William still won’t attend? That’s outrageous. The service is like, what? Two hours long? What does he do all day that’s more important than this?

  18. paddingtonjr says:

    It’s interesting to see all the alliances QEII and Charles, at least through the Diana Years, built fall apart. Yeah, the memorial for deposed king seems ceremonial and pointless, but so does most of what today’s royals do. This is the easy stuff: pay your respects, say a few meaningless words about the deceased, politely refuse to stay after the ceremony because “school run”, “wife recovering from surgery” or “dad’s cancer treatment,” take a photo, get god press, have the royals or faux royals praise you. It’s an hour, maybe two. Because here’s the thing Willie: the European royals need to be seen as a unit. Not for political gain, but for survival. If tongues start wagging about, say, William being too lazy to go to his godfather’s memorial service down the street from “his house”, people start questioning the whole system. Also, the only people who understand what it is to be royal are other royals. These are your peers.Their children are George’s peers. So, Wills, you can do the absolute minimum and put on a dark suit, grit your teeth and show up because it only gets harder from here.

    • Lady Digby says:

      W and K aren’t net workers and this no show is typical of that inability to value and grow and even retain relationships. C and C are net workers and so are M and H. W and K are insular and private and appear to believe that they are so important that people should fawn over them and so they do not see the need to build or grow relationships.

    • Unblinkered says:

      I reckon it’s because he’s too chicken to face the European royals. They’ll all know the actual truth about him, all of it, and he’s probably a laughing stock to them. And, secondly, if there’s actual kings and queens present which is likely he’ll have to bow and scrape to them. Acknowledging their superiority may not appeal.

  19. QuiteContrary says:

    I’m guessing William’s schedule is tentative because his handlers aren’t sure of his condition day to day — he can’t show up to another event swaying and blinking. So, as with the BAFTAs, his attendance — if it happens — will be last-minute.

  20. Lulu says:

    I seem to remember a bit of controversy that went away quickly around the coronation events when William didn’t bow to Camilla. I think he has as little to do with her as possible. He is also sooooo lazy.

  21. tamsin says:

    I’m wondering about the need for a memorial in England. He had a public funeral in Athens attended by all the relevant royal families. He was a deposed head of state so no official political attendees. He lived his exile in England. Did he get involved with charities and organizations in England? What was his involvement in British national life that warrants a memorial service? Is it just the connections to the Windsors? I think Charles and Diana were godparents to two of Constantine’s children and William is to one of the grandchildren. Now it turns out that neither of the men who had a connection to the family will not be attending? Just socially this is not a good look since neither attended the funeral.

  22. Lulu says:

    The service is on Feb 27, so if Harry does anything interesting between now and Feb 27 then Bill will attend. Otherwise, he will skip it.

  23. Sherri says:

    I work in cancer care, The only “weekly treatment” I can think of WOULD knock him on his ass, especially at his age.

  24. aquarius64 says:

    If William doesn’t show up for his godfather’s memorial, which is literally down the street, it is a blatant show of disrespect and the European royals will not forget this insult. Now I see why the British royals weren’t invited to Crown Prince Christian’s birthday.