The Queen Canceled Prince Andrew's 60th Birthday Party

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The Queen Canceled Prince Andrew's 60th Birthday Party

This comes days after he stepped back from his Royal duties.

Prince Andrew has been embroiled in controversy lately and it has everything to do with Jeffrey Epstein. 

In case you missed it, here is a recap.

On November 14, Prince Andrew sat down with the BBC to discuss, amongst other things, his friendship with the convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. This included an allegation that the duke had sex with a 17-year-old girl who was trafficked by the disgraced financier.

On November 16, the interview is broadcast on Newsnight on BBC Two.  During the interview he described the time he spent at Epstein’s estates and claimed that his royal lifestyle might be the reason he missed the signs of sex trafficking that others have claimed they saw. “I live in an institution at Buckingham Palace which has members of staff walking around all the time,” he said. “I don't wish to appear grand, but there were a lot of people who were walking around Jeffrey Epstein's house. As far as I was aware, they were staff.”

You can watch the full interview below:

He also refutes claims made by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges that she had sex with the duke when she was 17 on Epstein’s orders, because he was at a pizza shop with his daughter. 

After the interview aired, things really blew up. Twitter dragged Prince Andrew and Gloria Allred (who is the lawyer for some of the alleged victims of Epstein) called for the duke to volunteer himself for questioning over his links to Epstein.

On Nevenber 20, Andrew announced in a statement that he is retreating from his royal public duties “for the foreseeable future” amidst the controversy.

The Queen is said to be 'privately supportive' of her second son but also 'deeply frustrated' that the scandal is overshadowing the rest of the family's work. 

On November 22, Prince Andrew was ordered to leave his private office in Buckingham Palace . According to The Times, The Duke of York was told that he would have to clear his staff and find a new office to continue his work elsewhere.

He will conduct no royal or public duties and will step back from all patronages.

On Nevember 24, The Times reported that Prince Andrew's 60th birthday party has apparently been canceled by Queen Elizabeth. Instead the Queen will host a small family dinner. 

The move comes as the Duke of York is preparing to give up all his charity commitments in a sign that he is unlikely ever to resume royal duties. 

It has also come out that Andrew's disastrous BBC Newsnight interview was not sanctioned in advance by the Queen.

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