Prince Andrew was 'verbally abusive' to maids over teddy bear collection

Prince Andrew ordered staff to obey strict rules when organizing his stuffed toys, according to a former royal guard

Prince Andrew was 'verbally abusive' to maids over his toys
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Prince Andrew would verbally abuse palace staff over his teddy bear collection, a former royal guard has claimed. 

Prince Andrew lost his temper with royal servants over the organization of his stuffed toys, according to an ex-guard. 

Paul Page, who served the Crown as a protection officer between 1998 and 2004, has revealed that the Duke of York would "shout and scream" at his maids if they failed to tidy his teddies correctly. 

The second youngest of the Queen's children reportedly had a personal collection of "50 to 60" soft toys and animals on his bed and was extremely picky about how they were to be displayed. 

Speaking in the upcoming ITV documentary, Ghislaine, Prince Andrew, and the Paedophile, the former protection officer shared details about the Duke's strange relationship with his cuddly possessions—and what happened when his high standards for arranging them were not met. 

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A picture illustrated where the bears should be positioned. "It had about 50 or 60 stuffed toys positioned on the bed," he explained. "‘Basically, there was a card the inspector showed us in a drawer and it was a picture of these bears all in situ." 

The picture, which was designed as a guide for repositioning the teddies, must be followed to the T, according to Paul. Failure to recreate the image accurately would lead to Prince Andrew, who was known to 'bark' at royal staff, throwing a tantrum. 

"The reason for the laminated picture was if those bears weren’t put back in the right order by the maids, he would shout and scream, and become verbally abusive." 

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A royal source also told the Sun (opens in new tab) that Prince Andrew, who was in his forties at the time, demanded that five toys be singled out in the display. According to the insider, these specially chosen stuffed animals included "two hippos" and a "black panther." 

These bizarre accounts come amid the 61-year-old's ongoing abuse scandal, in which he has been accused by Virginia Giuffre of sexually assaulting her when she was a minor. Prince Andrew was stripped of his royal privileges in a 90-minute meeting with the Queen on Friday and is now facing the possibility of a civil trial in autumn 2022. He has vehemently denied all allegations made against him. 

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