Poo, poo, Prince Androo

HTWB PTWTW 001Is a prince/royal duke within his rights to bleat about being challenged by police – allegedly “at gunpoint” – when he’s strolling around a royal palace grounds casually, after a week of potential threats to the palace’s whole security operation?

Or is he behaving like a spoilt child, not appreciating the vast responsibility the police and other security services have to keep sensationalists and total nutters away from the British culture and its royal heritage?

Buckingham Palace security: not what you’d call as tight as a drum

In the last week or so not only one, but two interlopers have been caught leaping the fences of Buckingham Palace (London, England) and breaking into places they shouldn’t have.

OK, the Queen was out of town but the mere fact that such intrusions could happen so easily are bound to make even the most hard-boiled of police officers nervous. According to the British newspaper the Sunday Express, Royal protection officers were said be ‘jittery’ after a genuine intruder had been found in the Palace’s state rooms two days earlier. A suspected accomplice was also arrested in a street outside the Palace.”

As we must assume Prince Andrew doesn’t walk around Buck House wearing a crown and an ermine-trimmed cape, there are no prizes for guessing that attending police personnel might possibly have mistaken him for an intruder – especially as there had been two prior intruders mere days earlier.

However the mealy-mouthed Sunday Express takes no prisoners where the police are concerned in this case. “…to mistake the Duke for another intruder is almost incomprehensible. 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.”

Maybe Prince Andrew should wear a neon sign saying “PRINCE” in glowing letters?

Despite being royal, our Prince Andrew/Duke of York – in my view – looks like many other middle-aged men. Especially in a dim light. If I were a patrolling police officer seeing someone like that within security boundaries I would be very wary, just as the officers concerned were.

So what do you think? Should the police really have groveled and apologized to Prince Andrew for being, perhaps, a bit too twitchy given recent security threats to Buckingham Palace? (Bear in mind that the reports of his confrontation with the police range from an all out “spread ‘em” search to a polite “excuse me sir, but who the **** are you?”)

Or should Prince Andrew get down off his high horse and lose the patronizing, condescending attitude, accept an apology from these hard-working and conscientious police officers, and give all the security forces the respect they deserve?

According to the BBC news website, The Duke of York has said he is grateful for an apology from police after officers challenged him in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. In a statement, Prince Andrew said the police had a difficult job and sometimes they “get it wrong”. Scotland Yard confirmed it had stopped the prince and said the force had “apologised for any inconvenience.

Yeah, right.

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  1. Well good or bad…I just love the stupidity of all concerned, the police and Andrew – good ol’ blighty always good for a laugh! Bumbling Buffoons is what I can’t help thinking about this story… 😉

    • Personally, I don’t think the police were being stupid, Sarupa. In fact I think Prince Andrew should be grateful for the fact that the police had stepped up security after the intruders getting into Buck House a couple of days before.

      Later press stories – e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24005811 – claimed that Prince Andrew eventually was “grateful,” but he wasn’t grateful for the police’s vigilance – he was grateful for their apology for “getting it wrong.”

      That makes me growl, because for me they were not wrong – they were just doing their jobs.

  2. I have been so busy that haven’t seen much of the news the last few days, so thanks for keeping me up-to-date, Suze.
    I also think the police did right. Imagine if it had been an intruder and they let him go thinking it was Prince Andrew …..


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