Prince Andrew To Miss Parade Over Epstein Scandal

( Prince Andrew will once again miss out on Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday parade amid the ongoing Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

The prince, whose official title is the Duke of York, will miss out on the famous “Trooping the Colour” celebration of the Queen’s birthday, with his place being taken at the parade by Afghanistan war veteran Major General Roland Walker.

Walker’s vehicle was hit by an IED in Helmand by the Taliban in January 2010. He received. The Queen awarded him the Distinguished Service Order honor at Buckingham Palace in 2020.

The Duke of York’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein was widely publicized, and following a disastrous interview in which he attempted to clear his name of any connection to Epstein’s illicit and illegal affairs, has been completely absent in public duty.

After stepping back from public life in 2019, the Duke of York didn’t even appear in the official photographs of his daughter Princess Beatrice’s wedding which took place last summer.

Sources close to the Duke claim that he intends to eventually return to his royal duties to “serve his country,” but those same sources also told the British press that the Queen and other senior royals believe it would be a bad idea.

The Trooping the Colour event, which is a ceremony performed by regiments of British and Commonwealth armed forces, has been a tradition since the 17th century and involves various military ceremonies.

It will take place on June 12, and will mark the Queen’s 95th birthday. Next year, the Queen will also mark 70 years on the throne with her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

A senior Royal source told the Sunday Times, a British newspaper, that it would be “difficult” for the Duke to represent the family in any capacity as the Epstein case is still hanging over him.

“The Duke is focusing on doing what needs to be done to cause less distraction and that is still ongoing,” the source added.