STRAINED Prince Andrew “squared up” to the Queen’s top aide during a row at Buckingham Palace. He stood “eyeball to eyeball” with Master of the Royal Household Tony Johnstone-Burt. Brother Charles later asked him to apologise — but it wasn’t forthcoming. Reports of the fracas, the talk of the Palace for weeks, emerged last weekend, without the identity of the staffer. Pals say Andrew has been under “immense strain” for two months and “something snapped” that day. It is understood the row erupted when Andrew tried to book a room at Buckingham Palace for his [email protected] initiative, which helps connect entrepreneurs with potential patrons.He was told the room was not available, which Andrew was said to have no problem with. But Johnstone-Burt then reportedly began “speaking his mind” about the project, which made the Duke “very cross”. A source told the Daily Mail’s Sebastian Shakespeare: “It was like poking a bear. HRH turned on him and accused him of not listening and getting the wrong end of the stick. “Andrew told him to go and have a word with his private secretary. It was more handbags than hand grenades.”‘SQUARED UP’ Another insider said of Andrew: “He just lost it. There was… Read full this story
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