Prince Andrew, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s sons, will be absent from the rest of her jubilee celebrations. His last corona test was positive.

Because of a corona infection, the second eldest son of Queen Prince Andrew is unable to attend his mother’s 70th anniversary celebrations. The Duke of York was expected to attend a thanksgiving service at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral this Friday. “In a routine test, the Duke tested positive for Covid and will regretfully not attend tomorrow’s service,” a palace spokesman said on Thursday. Reportedly, Andrew has met his mother in the past few days. He is regularly tested and has not seen the Queen since the positive test, it said.

Andrew is arguably the most controversial member of the Royal Family right now. An American had sued the 62-year-old for allegedly sexually abusing her when she was a minor around 20 years ago. Andrew always rejected the allegations, presumably he averted civil proceedings in the USA against payment of millions at the last moment. Since the allegations, Andrew has largely withdrawn from the public eye.

Prince Andrew is considered Queen Elizabeth’s favorite son

However, he is still considered the Queen’s favorite son, who at the end of March at the memorial service for her husband Prince Philip, who died in 2021, demonstratively let him lead her to her place. The gesture sparked criticism.

Because Andrew has not been a “working royal” since his retirement, he was not seen with the Queen and his siblings on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday to kick off the anniversary celebrations.