The scandal plagued Prince Andrew has tested positive for Covid which will be a concern for the Queen as she saw the Duke just days ago.
The scandal plagued Prince Andrew, whose role in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations was already as low key as possible, now won’t appear at all after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the Duke of York’s positive result on Thursday.
“After undertaking a routine test the Duke has tested positive for Covid and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow’s service,” a spokesman for the palace said.
He last saw the Queen just days ago. That will be a concern as a positive test for the monarch could ruin the Jubilee.
Prince Andrew was supposed to attend a thanksgiving service at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday to mark the Platinum jubilee.
It was the same event that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been invited too.
The sidelined royal was notably missing from the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Trooping of the Color on Thursday which included the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a host of minor royals.
His eldest daughter Princess Beatrice was not on the balcony but was seen watching the Trooping of the Color from a palace window.
Andrew was last seen horse riding, seemingly in fine health, on Wednesday close to Windsor Castle, according to Sky News UK.
It’s also understood that he saw the Queen in recent days. That could be a worry considering the full weekend of activities the Queen has planned and her frail health.
The BBC said that Andrew had undergone regular testing and had not seen the Queen since he tested positive.
The Queen’s second son has stepped away from his public role after he was accused of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre who said she was introduced to the Prince by Jeffrey Epstein.
I have denied the allegations and agreed to pay Ms. Giuffre $A21 million.
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