The royals are facing backlash over a birthday post for Prince Andrew that was shared on the official Royal Family account on Wednesday.
"On this day in 1960, Prince Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace, the first child born to a reigning monarch for 103 years," the post read. "Happy Birthday to The Duke of York."
On this day in 1960, Prince Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace, the first child born to a reigning monarch for 103 years.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 19, 2020
Happy Birthday to The Duke of York. pic.twitter.com/zoZErBHQbG
In replies to the tweet, some people called out the royals for being tone-deaf and condemned the prince's connections to Jeffrey Epstein.
Happy last birthday of freedom, Duke of York, apparent child molester, liar and friend of pedophiles. We await the sentencing process in the US courts with great interest.— Chris Farrands (@FarrandsChris) February 19, 2020
What's he doing for it, full party with a sex offender or a quiet pizza in woking?— James Felton (@JimMFelton) February 19, 2020
As much as I love our wonderful Queen, I don’t think it’s a good idea to post this...— Claire Wilson (@MissClaire_75) February 19, 2020
Last November, it was reported that Queen Elizabeth canceled a large party that was to be held for Prince Andrew's 60th birthday, in light of the Epstein scandal. Instead, the royals will reportedly opt for a smaller family dinner for his birthday this year.
In recent days, however, the Daily Mail reported that invitees to said small dinner have been RSVP-ing as "unavailable" for the evening, leaving his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, to invite more guests to make up the numbers.
Following the Epstein scandal and Andrew's disastrous BBC interview on the subject, he has stepped back from public duties, has been ousted from Buckingham Palace, and was dropped from his patronages, though he made a return to royal duties at a private event earlier this month with a visit to Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the U.K.