Prince Andrew loses his HRH title in Royal Family’s birthday message

Prince Andrew’s HRH title has been dropped from the Royal Family’s birthday message to the duke, Daily Star Online has found.

The official Twitter account for Buckingham Palace posted a message this morning wishing the Duke of York, 60, a happy birthday.

It included two pictures of the scandal-hit Duke, who stepped down from royal duties in November, including one of him as a baby and a recent portrait.

But the tweet referred to the Duke – who gave up his duties over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal – as Prince Andrew and not HRH, despite it having done so in 2018 and 2019.

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It read: “On this day in 1960, Prince Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace, the first child born to a reigning monarch for 103 years.

“Happy Birthday to The Duke of York.”

In both 2018 and 2019 it referred to Andrew as “HRH The Duke of York”, and prior to that it did not post birthday messages to him.

The bombshell omission could spark suggestions the Duke has been, or is being, stripped of his HRH title, although this has not been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

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A Palace spokeswoman told Daily Star Online that the tweet "follows our house style".

She said: "The tweet follows our house style and as was confirmed in November last year, The Duke has stepped back from his public duties and patronages for the foreseeable future and remains a member of the Royal Family."

The Duke stepped down in November following a nightmare BBC Newsnight interview over his friendship with convicted paedophile Epstein.

He had faced questions over claims by Virginia Giuffre that he slept with her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by Epstein, an allegation he strongly denies.

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He claimed that, on the night Virginia alleged they met at a nightclub, he was actually at a Pizza Express restaurant with his daughter Princess Beatrice.

And he refuted claims by Virginia that he was “sweating profusely” on the said-night, insisting he had a medical condition from his time in the Falklands War which meant he couldn’t perspire.

In the interview Andrew said that he would be "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency" over the Epstein allegations.

But last month US authorities claimed he has provided "zero cooperation", a claim that reportedly left the Duke "angry and bewildered".

A source close to Andrew told the Daily Telegraph the royal is "happy to talk" to the FBI but claims he had not been approached by them.

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Andrew is set to mark his birthday tonight with a dinner at his and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson’s home at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.

He was initially set to have a party, according to reports, which was allegedly scrapped by the Queen following the Epstein crisis.

Yesterday reports emerged that the Duke’s pals had been declining his invitations to the meal, and that Fergie was rushing out more invitations to save the day.

The Queen is said to be “privately supportive” of her son, if also “deeply frustrated” with how his scandal has affected the family’s image, a source previously told The Times.

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