Prince Andrew’s ‘birthday honour’ snubbed as royals face popularity balancing act | royal | News
On Saturday, Andrew celebrates his birthday, but the prince will not fly the union flag to mark the occasion after a town council decided to fly it on another date instead. Traditionally, there are nine members of the Royal Family for whom the Union Flag flies to mark their date of birth.
These include the Queen, her four children Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, as well as two of their wives, Camilla and Sophie, and finally William and Kate, as the Duke of Cambridge is in the direct line of succession.
Belfast City Hall has typically flown the Union Flag on designated days since a vote in December 2012 to end its permanent display.
Currently, it flies 15 times a year past the Belfast Municipal Building.
However, Belfast City Council has voted not to fly the union flag when the Duke of York celebrates his 62nd birthday on February 19.
Baruch Labunski, the founder of Rank Secure, a website design and internet marketing firm, noted that it was a snub for the duke who will now do without the honour.
He told Express.co.uk: “Prince Andrew, the ninth in line to the throne, has already been stripped of his duties on an honored birthday for Belfast, Ireland.
“The City Council voted against flying the Union Flag over the town on its anniversary.
“The flag is traditionally flown on certain important days for the UK and Prince Andrew’s birthday was one of them.”
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On Tuesday it was announced that Ms Giuffre and the Duke of York had agreed to a ‘settlement in principle’ ahead of a trial.
The exact figure has not been revealed, but reports speculate the sum stands at £12million.
Documents submitted to the court by Ms Giuffre’s solicitor David Boies, written jointly with Andrew’s solicitors, say the Duke of York has pledged to donate a ‘substantial’ amount to the charity Mrs. Guiffre’s charity.
Despite developments in the case, marketing expert Mr Labunski says he ‘remains uncertain’ whether the Duke of York’s birthday on Saturday will be marked by the Queen in a public way.
Typically, Cabinet members’ birthdays are marked on the Royal Family’s social media accounts.
He told Express.co.uk that although he was marked in 2020 “despite the scandals, the prince’s new legal problems and the stripping of all his titles may cause the queen to rethink the tribute”.
He added: “The Royal Family are trying to strike a balance between supporting Prince Andrew as a family while stepping away from him in his official duties.
“The removal of all his positions in organizations shows disapproval.
“Even so, the Queen seems to be offering the Prince allowances as a family.
“Some of these decisions can be weighed against public opinion to strike the right balance.”