21 April 2021

Police called after intruder cons her way into Duke of York’s home telling security guards she’s ‘having lunch with Andrew’

21 April 2021

Police were called to a security scare at the Duke of York’s home after a woman reportedly talked her way into his mansion.

The 43-year-old woman spent 20 minutes in the grounds of Royal Lodge in Berkshire on Monday after telling security guards she was having lunch with the Queen’s son, according to the Sun newspaper.

She later made her way into the home and was held after asking a member of staff where she could find the duke and saying she was his fiancee and had come to marry him, the newspaper reported.

The article claimed the woman had arrived in Windsor in a taxi and had even persuaded the duke’s security guards to pay her fare.

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The incident came a few days after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral but it is not known if Andrew was at the home he shares with his former wife Sarah, Duchess of York.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police were called to the Royal Lodge at Windsor Great Park on Monday morning to reports of a female trespasser.

“The woman, aged 43, was intercepted and arrested. She was subsequently de-arrested and has been sectioned under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

“The investigation into the incident continues, but there was no risk to any individual on the site. Due to the female being sectioned, we will not be commenting further at this time.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

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