Her Majesty The Queen and The Prince of Wales will be the only members of The Royal Family honoured with the Union Flag flying over Government buildings on their birthdays. The move by the Government has seen other members of The Royal Family stripped of the honour in a bid to save The Duke of York from embarrassment and has reportedly been approved by The Queen.
As well as The Duke of York, the birthday flag flying honour has also been stripped from The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and The Princess Royal.
The move comes after a number of local councils said they would not obey the rule to fly the flag on The Duke of York’s birthday earlier this year due to his associations with disgraced paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, and his lawsuit with Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
A source commented, “It is widely considered to have happened to avoid embarrassment for Andrew.”
A Government source commented, “Since 2021, the default position is the flag flies all year unless another flag is being flown.”
This news comes as it is reported that The Duke of Cambridge is lobbying The Queen to have Prince Andrew barred from public life. A friend of Prince William’s told the Daily Mail, “He has strong views on The Duke of York and believes his insistence in trying to cling on to a public role is highly dangerous for the institution. He would have cut him loose a long time ago if it had been up to him.”