Prince Andrew accused of being ‘incredibly rude’ to bodyguards: ‘F***ing pick them up!’

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The Duke of York’s round-the-clock police protection is reportedly under review after he was effectively exiled as a frontline royal. The Queen stripped Andrew of his military titles and royal patronages earlier this month, and he is forbidden from using his HRH title in an official capacity. The decision came after a judge ruled civil action over sexual assault allegations — which Andrew vehemently denies — could proceed.

According to the Daily Mail, a full review of Andrew’s security is now being carried out by the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police.

Andrew’s children Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie both had their security taken away several years ago, while other royals including Princess Anne and Prince Edward have had theirs scaled back.

Prince Harry was stripped of his when he stepped back as a working royal two years ago.

Nigel Cawthorne, investigative journalist and author of a range of royal and other books, wrote in the Daily Mail in 2020 that Andrew allegedly treats his bodyguards appallingly.

One aide told Mr Cawthorne: “I’ve seen him treat his staff in a shocking, appalling way.

“He’s been incredibly rude to his personal protection officers, throwing things on the ground and demanding they ‘f***ing pick them up’.

“No social graces at all. Sure, if you’re a lady with blonde hair and big boobs, he’s utterly charming.”

This was echoed by former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe.

Mr Wharfe was once removed from a window seat on a plane from Balmoral because he was obstructing Andrew’s view.

He told Mr Cawthorne: “His manners are just awful.”

Andrew’s manners have repeatedly been called into question. A senior Buckingham Palace official, according to Mr Cawthorne, said in 2001: “The problem with Andrew is that his mouth engages before his brain does.”

Tatiana Gfoeller, formerly American ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, revealed Andrew had spoken “cockily” during an official engagement while he was serving as a UK special representative on trade.

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The cable, written in 2008 and released in 2010 by Wikileaks, said Andrew had questioned the intelligence of American people.

She wrote: “He reacted with almost neuralgic patriotism whenever any comparison between the US and UK came up.

“For example, one British businessman noted that despite the ‘overwhelming might of the American economy compared to ours’ the amount of American and British investment in Kyrgyzstan was similar.

“Snapped the duke: ‘No surprise there. The Americans don’t understand geography. Never have. In the UK, we have the best geography teachers in the world!’.”

Away from British soil, ‘Air Miles Andy’ often ran into issues. He reportedly had a “meltdown” at Melbourne Airport in 2005 when he refused to go through the standard security procedures like everyone else.

Australian officials forced him to do so. One official later told the local media: “Who does he think he is? What a pompous prat.

“Everyone has to go through security screening. He should be happy to do so and set an example.”

Mr Cawthorne wrote: “After a lifetime of doing whatever he wants, more or less with impunity, Prince Andrew is out in the cold.”

Andrew is indeed out in the cold. Upon being stripped of his titles, an abrupt Buckingham Palace statement confirmed he will fight his lawsuit as a “private citizen”.

His legal team released a lengthy statement on Wednesday demanding a jury trial.

They denied many allegations made by Virginia Roberts Giuffre and said they lack “sufficient information to admit or deny” others.

Andrew also denies being “close friends” with Ghislaine Maxwell.

Judge Kaplan, in charge of the case, previously indicated that he would seek to hold a trial in September or October this year.

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