Police were called to Royal Lodge, Prince Andrew’s Windsor residence, and arrested a woman after she was let in to the grounds and house after claiming to be engaged to The Duke of York.
The woman, going by the name of Irene Windsor, spent around 20 minutes wandering the grounds of Royal Lodge before making her way inside claiming she was there to meet Prince Andrew for lunch. She was held inside by staff after asking where The Duke of York was.
According to The Sun, security guards at the gates of Royal Lodge allowed access to the 44 year-old woman and even paid for her taxi fare when she arrived. An investigation is now underway as to why the woman was allowed access.
A source told The Sun, “She was apparently very smartly dressed, in suit trousers, a yellow blouse and a peach jacket, and had her hair done up and full make-up. She cut quite a glamourous figure and the guards were completely taken in by her. The woman demanded they pay her cab fare as she was a close friend of Prince Andrew, and they obliged before helpfully pointing her on her way towards Royal Lodge.”
“They had no idea this woman was a total stranger to Prince Andrew and seemingly had a fixation with him. The woman went up to a staff member and asked where Prince Andrew was. To the staff member’s shock, the woman then claimed to be engaged to Prince Andrew and said she was there to get married to him.”
Thames Valley Police were called and arrested the woman on suspicion of burglary and she was later sectioned under the Mental Health Act. When searching the woman, officers found maps of Royal Lodge and various other royal residences.
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police commented, “Thames Valley Police were called to the Royal Lodge at Windsor Great Park on Monday morning to reports of a female trespasser. The woman was intercepted and arrested. She was subsequently de-arrested and sectioned under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.”
Prince Andrew resides at Royal Lodge with his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.