UK reconsiders plan to fly flags on Prince Andrew's birthday

Elias Hubbard
February 7, 2020

The Government will not fly the Union flag to mark the Duke of York's birthday, it emerged last night.

Though flying the Union Jack is normally customary for royal birthdays, the prince is now mired in heavy controversy due to his ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, leading the United Kingdom government to discuss whether or not the policy should still be honored for the prince.

The Duke of York turns 60 on February 19 and according to requests from the government all councils should fly the flag to mark the occasion.

It came just weeks after Queen Elizabeth II´s second son withdrew from public life and royal duties after a disastrous television interview defending his friendship with the late United States sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Johnson´s spokesman said the email, sent by a civil servant in the local government ministry, was an "administrative email about long-standing policy".

Mr Anderson told the Liverpool Echo: "No, we won't be doing that, I don't think that would be appropriate".

Lisa Bloom, lawyer for six alleged Epstein victims, and Radd Seiger, spokesman for the parents of Dunn, 19, joined forces on Wednesday to call for Sacoolas to return to the United Kingdom, and for Prince Andrew to face questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US.

Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents five women who say they were sexually assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein, revealed she has an unnamed sixth client who says she witnessed Prince Andrew with Ms Giuffre in London's Tramp nightclub in 2001.

He added, "When you look at his behavior - it wouldn't be appropriate for us to mark his birthday".

He was accused of showing a lack of empathy for Epstein's victims and of failing to show regret over his friendship with the disgraced financier.

Andrew, who stepped down from royal duties in November after his disastrous interview on BBC's Newsnight programme over his relationship with Epstein, is reportedly "committed to the legal process".

The re-examination of the flag-flying policy will not affect the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are also quitting royal duties amid the Megxit crisis.

Great Yarmouth District Council added: "We don't specifically fly the Union flag for birthdays as we have a government building".

It comes after anti-monarchy group Republic insisted councils had "better things to worry about than daft royal protocols".

Chief executive Graham Smith said: 'This is crass and offensive, and even at the best of times it's nonsense to be flying flags for Andrew's or anyone else's birthday.

A spokesperson from West Norfolk Council said: "We follow the national protocol for flag flying and we will be flying a flag on Prince Andrew's Birthday, as we have been told to". I think we'd all rather see councils spend their time and money getting services delivered'.

Flags are only flown from Belfast City Hall on designated days after a council vote in December 2012.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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