Golf ‘I’d have knocked him out’ Former Royal cop’s anger at Prince Andrew golf ball claims

Golf ‘I’d have knocked him out’ Former Royal cop’s anger at Prince Andrew golf ball claims

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Prince Andrew plays golf at Royal Portrush course in 2019

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Newly resurfaced reports claim that the Duke of York, 61, used to make royal protection officers act as ball boys while he practised his golf swing on the lawns of Buckingham Palace. A palace insider claimed that members of the protection team, who were meant to be guarding the royal, were instead ordered to stand around 100 yards away and then retrieve the balls for the golfing fan.

The claims allege that this took place on the grounds of Buckingham Palace – the largest private garden in London.

In 2008, a source told the Mail Online: “Andrew would occasionally come into the gardens carrying his clubs and hit a few balls making his close protection officer collect them for him.”

Paul Page, who worked as a royal protection officer at the Queen’s Buckingham Palace residence for six years, backed up the claim in an interview with The Sun Online.

The ex-royal cop told the outlet he had seen the Duke demand police pick up his golf balls a number of times, but hadn’t been asked personally himself.

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Former Royal cop’s anger at Prince Andrew golf ball claims (Image: Getty)

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The claims allege that the incident took place on the grounds of Buckingham Palace (Image: Getty)

Mr Page, who was Andrew’s protection officer between 1998 and 2004, said he “wouldn’t stand for that” if he had been asked to retrieve the golf balls.

He said: “If he had asked me to pick up his golf balls, I’d have f***ing knocked him out.

“I’m from the East End, I wouldn’t stand for that.”

The ex-palace aide also claimed that Duke was a “bully” and that he treated his staff like “s***”.

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Mr Page said: “Just because you have a Royal title, it doesn’t mean you can treat people like that. Andrew treated his staff like s***.

“He’s a f***ing a***hole and a bully.”

Andrew is a keen golfer and previously held membership at a number of prestigious golf clubs, including The Royal and Ancient Club of St Andrews, known as the “Home of Golf”.

He had held the membership for thirty years, before giving it up alongside his patronages and military titles earlier this month.

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This is not the first time Mr Page has made claims about the Duke of York, as he also spoke to the Sun Online about an incident he alleged took place in the early 2000s.

Mr Page alleged Andrew had told him to “f*** off” after the Duke sparked a security scare outside the Queen’s bedroom at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Page said: “It was at night, and we were checking CCTV in the control room when we saw a man walking along the corridor in the Queen’s private quarters.

“Her Majesty was not at Buckingham Palace at the time, so this was a major potential security scare.

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The Duke of York a keen golfer and previously held membership at a number of prestigious golf clubs (Image: Getty)

“A sergeant, myself, and two other police officers went to her apartments to investigate.

“We approached from either end of the corridor so we could surround the potential intruder. “But when we got there, we realised it was Prince Andrew.”

Paul Page alleges he apologised to the Duke, who then responded with the remark.

Mr Page claims: “I apologised and said, ‘I’m sorry, your Highness, we went to investigate a possible intruder in Her Majesty’s apartments’.

“Andrew replies, ‘This is my house, I go where I want, now f*** off’.”

He also claimed that at the time Andrew was wearing a tracksuit and looked “scruffy”.

A representative for Prince Andrew was contacted by Express.co.uk, but they did not comment on the claims.

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