Prince Andrew riding a horse on the Royal Estate in Windsor yesterday (Picture: Reuters)

Prince Andrew will have to miss the Platinum Jubilee service of thanksgiving tomorrow after testing positive for Covid, the royal family said.

The Duke of York was absent from festivities today, but was set to join the high-profile event in St Paul’s Cathedral.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘After undertaking a routine test The Duke has tested positive for Covid and with regret will no longer be attending tomorrow’s service.’

The monarch’s disgraced second son stepped down from public life after the furore over his friendship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, and paid millions to settle a civil sexual assault case to a woman he claimed never to have met.

The duke was cast out of the working monarchy and no longer uses his HRH style after Virginia Giuffre, who was trafficked by Epstein, accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17.

The duke denied the claims.

Prince Andrew was absent from the Buckingham Palace balcony today (Picture: AP)

It is understood Andrew saw the Queen in the last few days but has been undertaking regular testing and has not seen her since he tested positive.

He did not join her on the Buckingham Palace balcony as she watched the flypast with senior royals.

The Queen limited those on the balcony to working members of her family, her Cambridge great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren – a move she took after ‘careful consideration’ the Palace said.

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