He may have retired from public Royal duties but it didn’t stop Prince Andrew performing a special Royal mission for the Queen last week.
The Duke carried a message to the Chinese government from his mother on Friday expressing sympathy for those affected by the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
It was delivered when he attended a dinner hosted by the Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming. The meeting, recorded in photographs posted to Liu’s Twitter account, marks one of the Duke’s first major appearances since he withdrew from public duties in November after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Pressure is mounting for the Prince to co-operate with the FBI, which is investigating the late financier’s crimes in the US.
Liu announced on Twitter: ‘Her Majesty The Queen sent an encouraging message to President Xi [Jinping] and Chinese people: At the critical time of fighting #coronavirus, I express my sincere sympathy for Chinese people, and pray for the speedy control and victory over the virus. It was conveyed by Duke of York.’ In a separate tweet, Liu continued: ‘My wife and I invited Duke of York and his family to our residence and celebrated Lunar New Year. Their enthusiasm for China and contribution to China-UK relation is highly appreciated.’
Prince Andrew delivered a message to the Chinese government from his mother on Friday expressing sympathy for those affected by the deadly coronavirus outbreak.