And then there were those who couldn’t resist making jabs at Andrew’s infamous, catastrophic BBC interview. “Is that sweat I see on his brow? ,” read one of several references to Andrew’s attempt to refute Virginia Giuffre’s allegation that he had sex with her when she was 17. (“I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don’t sweat or I didn’t sweat at the time,” Andrew said in November, when disputing Giuffre’s version of events.
But Ferguson and her daughters with Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, did end up coming through. (Andrew is still expected to walk Beatrice down the aisle when she marries the millionaire property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in May. ) Ferguson also paid tribute to Andrew on her Instagram, though Eugenie—who, unlike Beatrice, has a public Instagram account—has yet to follow suit.
The same goes for that of Westminster Abbey, which stuck to its customary bell ringing in celebration of the birthdays of senior royal family members. (It’s under direct jurisdiction of the monarch. ) But for the royal family’s official Instagram account to send its birthday wishes to one of the largest causes behind the Queen’s second-ever annus horibilis?
Strangely enough, even the crudest of comments—“He was such a cute baby, I’m sure he thinks so as well ????” among them—remain untouched. @theroyalfamily gets plenty of engagement, but it’s been known to curate the comments sections of its posts. (A number of less than glowing comments disappeared from its announcement of Megxit, for one.
The scandals surrounding Prince Andrew didn't stop the royals from celebrating his 60th birthday. https://t.co/s0pb6fSddR— W Magazine (@wmag) February 19, 2020