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Prince Andrew set to replace unwell Anne on Africa trip

Princess Anne was recently treated at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for a chest infection. Credit: PA Wire

Prince Andrew will replace Princess Anne on a forthcoming royal visit to southern Africa as she continues to recover from a chest infection.

The 66-year-old's illness was announced last week as her diary of immediate engagements was cleared on doctor's orders to allow her to recuperate at home.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed she will now miss the trip to Botswana and Mozambique at the end of the month.

The Princess Royal is still recovering from a bad chest infection. HRH's working programme for next week has therefore been scaled back, with a number of engagements cancelled.

As a precaution, on the advice of doctors, the Princess will not undertake the planned visit to Botswana and Mozambique at the end of the month. HRH The Duke of York will now undertake this visit.

– Buckingham Palace spokesperson

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Duke of York publicly denies sex claims

Prince Andrew has faced the cameras and faced down claims he'd had sex with a teenage American girl.

He began a speech at the world economic forum in Switzerland this afternoon with three scripted sentences about what he called the events that have taken place in the last few weeks.

ITV News Royal editor, Tim Ewart reports:

Prince Andrew: 'My focus is on my work'

Prince Andrew has taken to a public stage for the first time since a sex scandal broke that had seemed to engulf him.

In his first comments - in front of business leaders in Davos - he reiterated earlier denials and insisted "my focus is on my work".

ITV News Royal editor Tim Ewart reports from Davos:

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