Prince Andrew was due to attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. But now he has tested positive for Corona.
Prince Andrew (62) is apparently suffering from Covid-19. Buckingham Palace has confirmed the royal has tested positive for coronavirus. Therefore, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II (96) will not attend his mother’s platinum jubilee celebrations.
“During a routine test, the Duke tested positive for Covid-19 and regrets that he will no longer attend tomorrow’s service,” said a spokesman for the palace, as reported by Sky News, among others. On June 3rd, as part of the multi-day festival, a thanksgiving service for the queen will take place in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, to which Prince Harry (37) and Duchess Meghan (40) are also expected.
Andrew has therefore met with the Queen in the past few days, but has undergone regular tests and has not seen his mother in person since his positive result.
“Trooping the Colour”-Parade ohne Prinz Andrew
At the traditional “Trooping the Color” parade, neither Andrew nor Meghan and Harry appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace next to the visibly cheerful Queen on Thursday. In addition to Elizabeth II, only working family members gathered there – including Prince Charles (73) and Duchess Camilla (74) as well as Prince William (39) and Duchess Kate (40) with their children Prince George (8), Princess Charlotte (7) and Prince Louis (4). Meghan and Harry, who had traveled from the USA, followed the military parade from the Major General’s Office and were spotted at least in the background.
Andrew had made numerous negative headlines in recent months and years. It was only in February that he settled an abuse lawsuit brought by the American Virginia Giuffre (38) out of court. She had accused Andrew of abusing her when she was a minor. The Duke of York is said to have paid Giuffre several millions, but had denied the allegations.
In January, the palace announced that Prince Andrew was losing his military titles, returning his royal patronage to the Queen and no longer taking on official royal duties. Most recently, at the end of March, he surprisingly appeared alongside the Queen at a memorial service for his father Prince Philip (1921-2021).