Royals Get Heat for Wishing Andrew a Happy Birthday

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 22, 2020

"The tweet follows our house style and as was confirmed in November a year ago, the Duke has stepped back from his public duties and patronages for the foreseeable future and remains a member of the royal family", a Buckingham Palace spokesperson explained to Hello! magazine.

"As such, we wanted to send a polite reminder that our policy remains the same and you should not directly comment on anything related to Prince Andrew or his birthday".

Prince Andrew has also deferred his promotion to Admiral, which he would have received to mark his birthday. Many government buildings fly the Union Flag every day anyway.

Andrew's association with Epstein was well known during this time, but was brought in to sharper focus following the disgraced paedophile's death past year.

According to reports, the Royal Family was planning to celebrate Prince Andrew's birthday with a party.

It was branded "crass and offensive" by Graham Smith, chief executive of campaign group Republic, which calls for an elected head of state.

On Tuesday evening the Department for Culture, Media and Sport confirmed it would not be mandatory for government buildings to fly the Union flag to mark his birthday. This is after people and the government expressed their anger after the royal family's attempt to fly Union Flags on government buildings and other halls in time for his birthday. There's also the claim that he himself engaged in illicit activity with at least one of Epstein's alleged victims.

Andrew, who strenuously denies the allegations, has faced calls to talk to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. prosecutors still investigating Epstein, who committed suicide in jail while facing sex trafficking charges.

He said discussions were under way between the ministry and the royal household about a change.

Here's what the royal birthday post said: "On this day in 1960, Prince Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace, the first child born to a reigning monarch for 103 years".

"Westminster Abbey is a Royal Peculiar and the bells are rung for the birthdays of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; their children; and ..."

Sarah, the Duchess of York, shared a black and white picture of the duke smiling and looking out of a window in a casual setting with two dogs next to him on a sofa.

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