Former Royal Cop Says He Would Have ‘Knocked Prince Andrew Out’ Over Ridiculous Demands
Now, there are still a lot of questions surrounding the Duke of York about this case and the recent claims about his past behavior toward royal staffers. Here’s more on those claims from a man who said he would have “f***ing knocked Andrew out” if he spoke to him like that, plus how much a royal expert thinks Guiffre got in their settlement.
Multiple reports claim that Prince Andrew treated staffers poorly
In addition to his civil case, the prince’s alleged behavior toward his staff has garnered headlines as well.
In the documentary titled Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile Paul Page, who worked for the Royal Protection Command from 1998 to 2004, revealed that the duke collected stuffed teddy bears that had to be arranged on his bed in a certain way. Page claimed the bed in Andrew’s private apartment “had about 50 or 60 stuffed toys positioned on [it]. And, basically, there was a card the inspector showed us in a drawer, and it was a picture of these bears all in situ on the bed. And the reason for the laminated picture was that, if those bears weren’t put back in the right order by the maids, [Andrew] would shout and scream and become verbally abusive.”
Charlotte Briggs worked at Buckingham Palace in the ’90s, and when Andrew moved into that royal residence following his split from Sarah Ferguson she became his maid. Briggs told the Daily Mail that she signed a privacy agreement under the official secrets act more than 25 years ago. However, when she heard Page talk about Andrew’s teddy bears in the documentary she decided to speak out too and declared: “I don’t give a toss what Prince Andrew feels … he is a horrible, nasty man.”
Former royal protection officer says he would have ‘knocked Andrew out’
Claims of Andrew’s rude treatment toward his staffers went beyond how they arranged his teddy bears.
It also been alleged that the Duke of York would occasionally hit golf balls on the grounds of Buckingham Palace and make his royal protection officers collect all of them for him.
Page said he had witnessed Andrew demanding the officers do that but he was never personally asked to.
“If he had asked me to pick up his golf balls, I’d have f***ing knocked him out,” Page said (per Express). He added that Andrew always acted like “bully” and treated those who worked for him like “s***.”
Expert believes the amount Giuffre settled for will likley come out
As for Prince Andrew’s legal case, the court documents released state: “Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew have reached an out of court settlement. The parties will file a stipulated dismissal upon Ms. Giuffre’s receipt of the settlement (the sum of which is not being disclosed). Prince Andrew intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.”
While the exact amount the parties settled for is not supposed to be made public, a legal expert said it will likely come out.
Legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg told Sky News: “We’re looking at a very large sum of money, particularly when you add the legal costs involved. The amount [Giuffre] got from Jeffrey Epstein was half a million dollars … I’m not saying that is a guide to this. But it’s certainly a substantial sum of money which Prince Andrew will have to raise I suppose. If it’s being paid to a charity then at some point the amount may come out.”