A former employee in the royal household claimed the Duke of York, who was 39 at the time, refused to remove toiletries from a bathroom designed fo
A former employee in the royal household claimed the Duke of York, who was 39 at the time, refused to remove toiletries from a bathroom designed for Prince Charles’ use. The ex-maid claimed royal staff were stunned by the argument during the Christmas period at the Queen’s Norfolk retreat, Sandringham, in 1999.
Janette McGowan, who worked at Buckingham Palace from 1999 until 2000 but travelled to King’s Lynn at the time, claimed the Queen herself had to intervene to defuse the row.
She said Andrew steadfastly refused to switch his possessions to another bathroom after realising the space had been intended for the Prince of Wales, then 51 years old.
Staff were alerted to the “ongoing situation”, and warned to steer clear of the room.
Ms McGowan told The Sun: “We were told not to move anything and not to touch anything in that bathroom because there was an ‘ongoing situation’.”
Ms McGowan said the squabble was resolved when the Queen stepped in and spoke to her second son.
She claimed: “When members of the Royal Family travel to Sandringham they are each allocated rooms and a bathroom.
“But Prince Andrew took the bathroom that was allocated for the Prince of Wales and he wouldn’t budge and refused to take his stuff out of it.
“It turned into a bizarre stand-off.
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“It wasn’t the one opposite his room, which is what made it so bizarre.”
She added: “I think it was very petulant. He’s very spoiled with regards to his own rights.
“He didn’t like the fact that his brother was superior to him with regards to things being allocated to him.
“Apparently he always had to have the first pick of everything.”