Not having it! Queen Elizabeth II marked her son Prince Andrew’s birthday on Friday, February 19 — but fans were not happy with the gesture ever since he was associated with the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
“#OnThisDay in 1960 The Queen was safely delivered of a son, the first child born to a reigning Monarch since 1857,” The Royal Family official Twitter account captioned a throwback black-and-white photo. “Her Majesty is pictured holding Prince Andrew in 1961 on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, alongside The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and The Queen Mother.”
#OnThisDay in 1960 The Queen was safely delivered of a son, the first child born to a reigning Monarch since 1857.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 19, 2021
📷Her Majesty is pictured holding Prince Andrew in 1961 on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, alongside The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and The Queen Mother. pic.twitter.com/Jm2EZGJWOE
While the post didn’t officially say the 94-year-old was wishing Andrew, 61, a happy birthday, some social media users didn’t appreciate the note in the first place. One person wrote, “Disappointed in this post,” while another user added, “NO SHAME.”
A third user added, “Wow, this caption.. Wrong move! No need for this. It's called ignorance with what happened around you.” A fourth person said: “Ah, reading the room not your strong point then?”
However, some people defended Andrew. “Arguably a controversial move to highlight Prince Andrew’s birthday today … He may have stepped back from official duties in 2019, but he’s still the Queen’s son — rumored to be her ‘favorite’ son.”
“It’s still her child,” another stated.
The Duke of York — who is currently eighth in line for the throne — announced in November 2019 that he would temporarily step back from public duties following his interview with Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, in which he spoke about Epstein.
Following the chat, Andrew didn’t show any remorse for Epstein’s victims and said he didn’t regret becoming friends with him, explaining: “The people that I met and the opportunities I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.”
Andrew also denied that he had any sexual relations with Virginia Roberts, who was allegedly forced to have sex with the royal back in the day.
Since then, Andrew has kept a low profile and has only been seen in public a couple of times.