Royal fans skeptical of Prince Andrew’s ‘convenient’ Covid: ‘I call bulls–t’

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Royal fans skeptical of Prince Andrew's 'convenient' Covid: 'I call bulls--t'

Prince Andrew will miss the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations after contracting COVID-19 — but not everyone is convinced the diagnosis is legitimate.

The disgraced royal — who was stripped of his military and royal titles back in January after being accused of sexual assault — purportedly tested positive to the virus on Thursday.

A spokesperson subsequently released a statement saying Andrew, 62, will not attend a public service scheduled for Friday, where royal family members will gather to pay tribute to the Queen.

“After undertaking a routine test the Duke has tested positive for Covid and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow’s service,” the statement read.

Andrew was photographed out riding a horse in Windsor on Wednesday, and appeared to be fit and healthy.

He did not appear at Thursday’s Trooping of the Colour event, with a balcony photo op reserved for senior working members of the royal family. The prince does not currently perform any public duties.

Royal watchers were skeptical of Andrew’s COVID diagnosis, with several saying it seemed a “convenient” way of removing the controversial royal from the festivities.

Britain's Prince Andrew rides a horse on the Royal Estate, in Windsor, Britain, June 1, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Andrew was photographed out riding a horse in Windsor on Wednesday. He purportedly tested positive to COVID on Thursday.
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“Covid?? I call bulls–t on that one,” one Twitter user bluntly stated about Andrew’s illness.

“The definition of convenience. Prince Andrew testing positive for Covid and having to miss the whole Jubilee weekend celebrations,” another tweeted.

“Further proof they think we are as thick as two short planks,” a third person chimed in.

Meanwhile, another social media pundit claimed that the Covid diagnosis was the perfect way for the royals to handle the situation.

“The institution knew it would be terrible PR to have him there, but for him to choose not to go would seem like an admission of guilt,” they theorized.

The Prince’s problems pertain to his former friendship with convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in prison while awaiting trial in 2019.

The Queen stripped Andrew of his military and royal titles back in January after he was accused of sexual assault. He is pictured with the Queen in March.
The Queen stripped Andrew of his military and royal titles back in January after he was accused of sexual assault. He is pictured with the Queen in March.
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Andrew — who was famously photographed by The Post strolling with the pedophile in 2011 following Epstein’s first release from jail — has denied knowing anything about Epstein’s illegal behavior.

However, one of Epstein’s alleged sex slaves, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, has claimed he made her have “disgusting” sex Andrew  three times, starting in 2001 when she was just 17.

Andrew’s lawyers say he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.” He has never been charged criminally.
Andrew’s lawyers say he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.” He has never been charged criminally.
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Back in January, Queen Elizabeth stripped the prince of his titles after a Manhattan judge allowed a sexual assault lawsuit filed by Giuffre to move forward.

However, the following month, Andrew and Giuffre reached a settlement in the case.

The sum of the settlement will not be publicly disclosed, but a source told The Post that the estimated total is $12 million.

Andrew’s lawyers say he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.” He has never been charged criminally.

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