HEREFORDSHIRE Council will not be flying the Union Flag today for Prince Andrew’s 60th birthday.

Prince Andrew stepped down from public life in November after the backlash from his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview over his dealings with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The British government changed its policy of flying flags on royal birthdays, with local authorities no longer required to raise the national flag for Duke of York.

The government has advised councils “that there is no requirement to fly flags on the 19th February following the decision by the Duke of York to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future”.

A council spokesperson said they did not wish to comment and are simply following government procedure.