TripAdvisor has brought hilarity surrounding Prince Andrew’s claim to have dined at a Woking branch of Pizza Express to a sudden end, after suspending all reviews in the wake of Prince Andrew’s televised ‘car crash’.
Failing to see the funny side of a barrage of satirical fake reviews TripAdvisor has pulled the plug on all feedback until the surge in posts surrounding his alibi dies down.
Instead, would-be reviewers are presented with the message: “Due to a recent event that has attracted media attention and has caused an influx of review submissions that do not describe a first-hand experience, we have temporarily suspended publishing new reviews for this listing.”
Woking was thrust into the limelight after the Prince referenced its Pizza Express branch as an alibi when confronted with claims relating to his association with his friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein from 2001, saying: “I was with the children and I'd taken [daughter Princess] Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at, I suppose, sort of 4pm or 5pm in the afternoon.”
Quizzed why the historic visit was so memorable, Andrew continued: “Because going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do, a very unusual thing for me to do.”
Among the flurry of dodgy reviews, one write up read: “Love this place. I had a cracking pizza here in 2001. I remember it was 2001 because it was very strange the guy next to me had an American Hot pizza with extra chillies... not a drop of sweat came off him. Very odd.”
Another deleted review stated: “Do you have lots of kids and you’re looking for a useful distraction? No sweat, this place will give you an unforgettable experience.”
Prince Andrew has now formally withdrawn from public life at the behest of The Queen and Prince Charles as sponsors including KPMG and Advertising Week cut all ties to his annual event Pitch@Palace.