Princess Eugenie shocks with sweet tribute to Prince Andrew on his birthday

Brenda Watkins
February 22, 2020

"Happy Birthday to The Duke of York", the message read.

As many will recall, he stepped down from royal duties following outrage over his connection to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and reports that he is not cooperating with sex trafficking investigations.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were among those to attend the Duke of York's low-key 60th birthday celebrations today amid rumours that many guests had shunned the event.

Staff working at the Woking PizzaExpress branch were warned to watch out for undercover reporters asking surreptitious questions about Prince Andrew as the Duke celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday.

Royal watchers spotted that unlike in previous years, the message came without an "HRH" prefix to the Duke of York's title.

Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son, stopped carrying out royal duties last year after giving rambling and contradictory answers in an interview about his friendship with the late financier Epstein, who was found dead in prison last year while awaiting charges of trafficking minors.

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The message attracted strong criticism from some quarters, with social media users questioning whether it was appropriate given the Duke's recent interview.

The bells of Westminster Abbey will still ring out for the duke's birthday, as it's a royal peculiar and so falls under the monarch and not the bishop.

But the flag policy had since been changed, as the government said there was "no requirement" to fly the flag for the prince.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children", the Abbey said in a statement. Many government buildings fly the Union Flag every day anyway.

"Following the decision by the Duke of York to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, there is no longer a requirement for United Kingdom government buildings to fly the Union flag on Wednesday February 19", the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement. 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.

Her post included a black and white photo of the duke sitting beside two small dogs while smiling and staring out a window, with the caption "Happy 60th Birthday to Andrew". There's also the claim that he himself engaged in illicit activity with at least one of Epstein's alleged victims.

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