In a case of mistaken identity, armed police pointed guns at Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s son, and ordered him to put his hands up in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, a media report said on Sunday.
For a tense half a minute the Queen’s 53-year-old son was in danger of being shot dead by officers paid to protect him and his family, the Daily Express reported.
Last night an internal inquiry was being carried out into the extraordinary incident, which took place last Wednesday, two days after a trespassing and burglary incident took place at Buckingham Palace.
Royal protection officers were said to be “jittery” after a genuine intruder had been found in the Palace’s state rooms two days earlier. “He just went out into the gardens for a walk, to relax and enjoy the sunshine. It was only in the early evening and so was light. When he got to a far corner away from the Palace, he was suddenly pounced upon by an officer, and another was not far behind,” a palace insider was quoted as saying by the paper.