Prince Andrew has tested positive for COVID-19 and will no longer attend Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. However, it looks like not everyone believes in the diagnosis.
Prince Andrew’s diagnosis was announced on Thursday 2 June but he was reportedly photographed riding in Windsor on Wednesday 1 June. Looking healthy and alert, some doubted he really is ill or is just using the diagnosis as a reason not to attend the platinum anniversary celebrations.
A spokesman issued a statement about the 62-year-old’s health and announced he would no longer be attending the public service scheduled for Friday, June 3, according to the New York Post. The members of the royal family are said to gather to honor the queen.
The ailing royal had reportedly undergone a routine test and had tested positive for the virus. The Duke has tested positive for COVID and will regretfully not be attending tomorrow’s service, the statement said.
However, royal observers have expressed skepticism about Prince Andrew’s diagnosis. Many said removing him from the celebrations seemed like a convenient way.
One netizen even tweeted that it was the definition of convenience. Another social media expert opined that the diagnosis is the perfect way for the royals to deal with the situation.
He explained that the institution knew it would be terrible PR if the controversial prince attended the events. However, if he decided to leave for no reason, some might take it as an admission of guilt, which is likely why they came up with the COVID-19 diagnosis.
Prince Andrew did not attend the Trooping the Color event on Thursday. The photo op on the balcony was reserved for the senior members of the royal family only. After his Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre controversy, the Duke of York is no longer of public service.
People reported that the father of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will attend the national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.
Queen Elizabeth had Prince Andrew stripped of his military titles and patronage in January after he was sued by Virginia Giuffre. She claimed she was forced to sleep with the prince when she was 17 after being seduced by Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew vehemently denied the allegation.
Prince Andrew has retained his title of Duke of York and remains in line of succession to the throne, although he may no longer use the title His Royal Highness in any official capacity.