Royal family marks Prince Andrew's 60th birthday amid scandal: 'Tone deaf'

Britain's Prince Andrew is celebrating his 60th birthday on Wednesday, but the public well wishes from members the royal family have not been well received. 

To celebrate her ex-husband's big day, Sarah Ferguson, who was married to Andrew from 1986 to 1996, shared a candid photo of the royal initally captured by royal photographer Alex Bramall. The black-and-white snapshot shows the Duke of York in his home with his two dogs. 

The Royal Family, the official Instagram account for Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the monarchy, also marked the occasion to its 7.5 million followers. The first photo shows the duke as an infant being held by the Queen Mother; the second photo shows the duke now.  

"On this day in 1960, Prince Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace, the first child born to a reigning monarch for 103 years," the caption read. "Happy Birthday to The Duke of York."

However, many followers were quick to call the post "inappropriate" and "tone deaf" given the recent scandal surrounding Jeffrey Epstein. 

"All things considered, this post is a little tone deaf," one follower commented. "Umm 🤔 this is awkward 🤷‍♀️," added another.

One follower added, "Not sure which PR person thought this was a good idea."

In November, it was announced that the duke would be stepping down from his royal duties after it was reported that he had ties to Epstein. 

“It has become clear to me over the past few days that my association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support,” he said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace.  

It's been a rocky few months for the royal family. In January, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made headlines after they announced they would also be stepping down from their royal duties and move to Canada to raise their son Archie, 9 months. 

Last week, it was reported that Queen Elizabeth's grandson, Peter Phillips, will be divorcing his wife of 11 years. The divorce announcement was soon followed by another divorce announcement seven days later pertaining to Her Majesty's nephew, The Earl of Snowdon, and his wife of 26 years. 

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 23: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and wave at their wedding on July 23, 1986 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Library file, dated 23.7.86. Mrs Susan Barrantes (far left), mother of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, joins her daughter on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, following her marriage to the Duke of York, Prince Andrew: Mrs Barrantes, the former wife of the Duchess's father Major Ronald Ferguson, has died in a car crash in Argentina. See PA story DEATH Barrantes. /PA **AVAILABLE B/W ONLY** (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
On the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York kiss each other after their wedding, London, England, July 23, 1986. Among those with them is best man (and brother of the groom) Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (right). (Photo by Derek Hudson/Getty Images)
On the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York kiss each other after their wedding, London, England, July 23, 1986. Among those with them on the balcony are Sarah's mother, Susan Barrantes (1937 - 1998) (left, in yellow), Peter Philips (bottom left), best man (and brother of the groom) Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (right rear), Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900 - 2002) (right), and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (far right). (Photo by Derek Hudson/Getty Images)
On the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York wave to well-wishers after their wedding, London, England, July 23, 1986. (Photo by Derek Hudson/Getty Images)
London July 23, 1986 Princess Diana and Prince Charles at wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson at the Various in Various, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Library file 6464-20, dated 23.7.86. Mrs Susan Barrantes (far left), mother of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, joins her daughter on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, following her marriage to the Duke of York, Prince Andrew: Mrs Barrantes, the former wife of the Duchess's father Major Ronald Ferguson, has died in a car crash in Argentina. See PA story DEATH Barrantes. /PA (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
Elevated view inside Westminster Abbey during the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, London, England, July 23, 1986. (Photo by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey, London, UK, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
Sarah Ferguson et d'Andrew d'York dans une calèche après leur mariage le 23 juillet 1986 à Londres au Royaume-Uni. (Photo by Pool MARIAGE PRINCE ANDREW/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
The wedding of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson. The Duke and Duchess of York wave to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, 23rd July 1986. (Photo by Mike Maloney/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Prince Andrew kisses his bride Sarah Ferguson on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Andrew kisses his bride Sarah Ferguson on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of York (formerly Prince Andrew and Miss Sarah Ferguson) smile happily during their carriage procession after their wedding at Westminster Abbey in London. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of York leave Westminster Abbey after their marriage. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The newlywed Duke and Duchess of York, with (b. row-L) Prince Edward. Children; Alice Ferguson, Lady Posanagh Innes-Ker. Seated children l-r: Andrew Ferguson, Seamus Makim, Peter Phillips, Prince William and Laura Fellowes. (Foreground) Zara Phillips. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, The Duke and Duchess of York . (Photo by Mirror Syndication International/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
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