Controversial song about Prince Andrew creeps up Official Charts during Queen's Platinum Jubilee
A CONTROVERSIAL song about Prince Andrew has been creeping up the charts this week amid the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Although away from the public eye after testing positive for Covid, the disgraced Duke's presence has still cast a shadow over festivities after the risky tune was released.
The song, by Essex anarchist punk band The K**ts, is a take on the children's rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York.
It has awkwardly made its way into the UK Top 20 this week as Andrew's mum, The Queen, enjoys celebrations to mark her outstanding 70-year reign.
Titled "Prince Andrew Is A Sweaty N***e", the song mocks the shamed royal's financial settlement to Virginia Giuffre earlier this year.
He paid his accuser a reported £12million to avoid a court showdown over her sex abuse claims, although he vehemently denies any accusations of wrongdoing.
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In court documents, he was accused of "victim shaming" after referring to Ms Giuffre was a "money-hungry sex kitten".
Prince Charles is among the senior royals who reportedly warned him that the case couldn't be allowed to drag on through the Jubilee.
Speaking to NME, the band frontman said: "For me, having grown up with the folklore around The Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save The Queen’ getting robbed of the top spot in ’77, a Jubilee celebration has always felt like it could be a good chance to air any grievances one may have with our unelected head of state and her feckless offspring."
It comes after Prince Andrew tested positive for Covid as Jubilee festivities got into full swing on Thursday – forcing him to pull out of the celebrations.
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The Duke of York, 62, had seen Her Majesty in the days prior but she has been tested and not met with her son since his diagnosis.
Andrew had been expected to be at the Service of Thanksgiving on Friday at St Paul's Cathedral but pulled out – just hours before the Queen did too.
Andrew was noticeably absent from Thursday's Platinum Jubilee celebrations before his diagnosis was confirmed.
He had been blocked from the Buckingham Palace balcony by the Queen, who limited the line-up to working royals only.
There wasn't even a hint Andrew had attended Trooping the Colour or the RAF flypast.
This was in direct contrast to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who were snapped at Horse Guard's Parade despite also being snubbed from the balcony.
Shamed Andrew was forced to step back from the royals in 2019 and was stripped of his honorary military titles and patronages by the Queen in January.
It came after Virginia Giuffre accused the royal of sexually assaulting her when she was 17 after being trafficked by paedo Jeffrey Epstein.
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Andrew has vehemently denied the claims but reached a £12million settlement in February to stop the case proceeding to a civil trial.
In April, he appeared alongside his mother at Prince Philip's remembrance service.
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