LONDON – Police have arrested two people after receiving a report of trespassers near the home of Prince Andrew, the second-oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II.
Thames Valley Police said a 29-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, both from London, were arrested after a report of intruders on the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park on April 25. Police said there was no risk to anyone at the lodge, Andrew’s official residence.
Police were also called to the Royal Lodge on April 19.
The Sun reported that during the earlier incident, a 43-year-old woman spent 20 minutes on the grounds of the lodge after telling security guards she was having lunch with the monarch’s son.
Prince Andrew inside St. George's Chapel during the funeral of his father, Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021. (Photo: Yui Mok, AP)
The woman managed to get into the home, but was detained after asking a member of staff where Andrew was and saying that she was his fiancée, the newspaper said.
Thames Valley Police said the woman was detained under the Mental Health Act.
Andrew shares the home with his former wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York. The couple divorced in 1996 after 10 years of marriage.
Andrew, 61, has largely kept out of the public eye since 2019 amid controversy over his friendship with the late American convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. He has emphatically denied accusations that he slept with one of Epstein’s alleged “sex slaves” when she was 17.
The Duke of York been more visible in recent weeks, walking behind his father’s casket with his siblings, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, at Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17 and sitting closest to the queen at the service. Andrew described Philip’s death as leaving “a huge void” in the life of the 95-year-old monarch, hailing him as “the grandfather of the nation.”
Contributing: Maria Puente and Kim Willis
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