With Prince Andrew withdrawing from the anniversary celebrations due to Covid, here’s everything you need to know about his relationship with the Queen and why he has stepped down from his duties
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Prince Andrew has withdrawn from his appearance at the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service today.
It was announced yesterday that Andrew will no longer attend the Queen’s Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral – after testing positive for Covid.
Although Andrew was expected to attend church before his positive test result, he was unlikely to show his face at any of the other Platinum Jubilee events.
In 2019, Prince Andrew resigned from his royal duties after he was embroiled in a sex abuse scandal.
Virginia Giuffre, who was sexually trafficked by Jeffery Epstein, accused Andrew of sexually abusing her when she was 17.
Andrew denied the allegations but reached a multimillion-pound out-of-court settlement with his accuser.
Since then, Andrew has stayed relatively out of the spotlight and he didn’t meet up with other royals on the balcony for Trooping the Color yesterday as he’s no longer a working royal.
As Her Majesty celebrates her Platinum Jubilee without Andrew – reportedly her favorite son – present, here’s everything you need to know about his relationship with the Queen and whether she still supports him.
How is Prince Andrew related to the Queen?
Prince Andrew is the Queen’s son.
The Duke of York is the Queen’s third child, born after his older siblings Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
Andrew was born on February 19, 1960, and despite being the third-born, he was second in line to the throne at the time of his birth – thanks to a now-obsolete law that meant the male heirs in the family came before their sister.
The Queen has four children in total as Prince Edward was born after Prince Andrew.
Why did Prince Andrew step down from his royal duties?
In 2019, Prince Andrew sat down for a car crash interview with the BBC to answer questions about his ties to convicted sex offender Jefferey Epstein.
The prince hoped the interview would silence the rumours, but it turned disastrous and led to a spate of negative media coverage.
He made a number of claims, including that he couldn’t sweat, that he wasn’t in a picture of him and Virginia Giuffre, and that he was at Pizza Express in Woking on the day Giuffre’s allegations took place.
After the interview, Prince Andrew made the decision to step down from his position as working royal.
In a statement released by the Palace, he said: “It has become clear to me over the past few days that my association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to the work of my family and the valuable work of the many organizations and charities that I am happy to support.
“So I asked Her Majesty if I could step down from public duties for the foreseeable future and she gave her permission.”
Does the Queen still support Prince Andrew?
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In March 2022, attendees were surprised to see Prince Andrew escort the Queen through Westminster Abbey during the funeral service for Prince Philip.
It was the Duke of York’s first public appearance since he reached his £12million out-of-court settlement with Giuffre – money the Queen is said to have helped him pay.
It has been reported that the Queen’s presence with Andrew was a public display of support for him.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl said his visit to the memorial shows the Queen “believes he is innocent”.
Speaking on True Royalty TV, the royal editor of Vanity Fair said: “This was how I think the Queen showed two things.
“First, that the money stops with her and she makes the decisions, and second, which we’ve talked about a lot on this show, which is that she believes he’s innocent.”
But Philip’s memorial service was the last time Andrew was seen at a public event and it seems that even if he were still due to attend today’s service he would not be the center of attention again.
According to The Telegraph, plans had been put in place to ensure the Duke of York would not be the one to accompany the Queen to St Paul’s.
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