Prince Andrew Held at Gunpoint at Buckingham Palace in Security Snafu
At least they're on high alert!
According to the Daily Express, two royal police protection officers pointed their guns at Prince Andrew — brother of Prince Charles and younger son of Queen Elizabeth II — and told him to put his hands up and get on the ground when they confused him with an intruder on the Buckingham Palace grounds.
This happened last Wednesday, and Scotland Yard reportedly confirmed the mistake. The officers were said to be "jittery" after a real intruder had been found in the palace's state rooms just two days before that; a suspected accomplice was arrested outside the palace. So they were just being extra careful. Still, way to bust the wrong guy!
Apparently it all went down in just half a minute, but the Duke of York is probably not used to having a gun in his face and told to get down on the ground.
Prince Andrew is father of princesses Beatrice and Eugenie with ex-wife Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson. He's also uncle to Prince William and Prince Harry, so he's great-uncle to baby Prince George.
A royal insider told the Express, “Everyone is talking about these two incidents and can’t quite believe what has happened. [...] There is a high turnover of the police on duty at the Palace, but you’d think anyone would know what Prince Andrew looks like. It’s fair to say that to describe the Duke as unhappy and the two officers as highly embarrassed is the biggest understatement of the century.”
Oh, get over it, Andy! They were just trying to do their jobs. Better to be over-cautious than lackadaisical, right?