U.K. Officials Cancel Flag Flying Ritual for Prince Andrew’s Milestone Birthday, Say It’s ‘Inappropriate’

Citizens of the United Kingdom are fed up with pretending that the royals can get away with anything. Now they’re fighting back by taking a public stand against Prince Andrew and refusing to fly a flag to commemorate his 60th birthday in February.

Not all royals have the honor of seeing a Union Jack flag flown to celebrate their birthdays. Prince Andrew was one of around ten high-ranking royals on the list until he lost his job and so much respect from the public. The Duke of York has been criticized for his involvement with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein plus is accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old woman who was allegedly trafficked by Epstein.

Queen Elizabeth had no choice but to encourage her son’s resignation from his post but has since been quietly showing support by spending time with him. Meanwhile, the public is intent on canceling Prince Andrew.

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Local government officials pushed back against flying the flag for Prince Andrew’s birthday

It should have been a happy occasion as Prince Andrew reached a milestone birthday on Feb. 19, 2020. But instead, a dark shadow looms over the event as the public voices their displeasure for the former working royal.

The Telegraph reported that an email reminder for government officials to fly the flag on Prince Andrew’s birthday spurred an outrage, with local officials calling the idea “inappropriate” in the wake of the scandal.

A government spokesperson said they’re working out a new flag-flying policy that would take into consideration changing circumstances, such as royals who leave the working life. This applies to Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who will most likely not have flags flown on their birthdays, either.

Union Jack flag
Union Jack flag | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Citizens do not support Prince Andrew after his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein

Even though Prince Andrew agreed to an in-depth interview on national television to clear his name of wrongdoing, that move ultimately sealed his fate and made him look more guilty than he did before. Viewer agreed that the interview made Prince Andrew appear unapologetic to victims plus arrogant and irrational. Just days after the disastrous interview aired, the Duke of York announced he was stepping down as a senior royal.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said flying a flag for Prince Andrew’s birthday would outrage the locals.

“This isn’t to do with being anti-royal, we have flown the flag for the Queen before. But Prince Andrew isn’t a major royal, he’s not a significant member of the Royal Family,” he said. “When you look at his behavior – it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to mark his birthday.”

Queen Elizabeth hopes Princess Beatrice’s wedding will mark a turning point

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The royal family reputation is in peril right now between Prince Andrew’s scandal and Prince Harry and Meghan abruptly stepping away from their royal duties. But with a royal wedding to look forward to later this year, Queen Elizabeth is hoping the family can be reunited and their reputation salvaged.

Will the residual backlash from the scandal taint Princess Beatrice’s wedding celebration, or will the citizens be able to forgive her father, Prince Andrew, by then? We’ll all be watching to find out.