A woman who claimed to be engaged to Prince Andrew was able to wander around his Windsor home after being mistakenly let in by bungling guards, it is claimed.
Security are said to have even paid for the 43-year-old woman’s cab fare when she arrived at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, where the Duke of York lives with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson.
The woman, thought to be a Spanish national, claimed she was there to have lunch with the duke, 61, and spent about 20 minutes walking around the gardens, it is alleged.
She then entered the Grade II-listed building, where the Queen’s son was home at the time, until she was eventually held in the lobby after asking a worker where the duke was, the Sun reported.
The woman allegedly told the staff member she was engaged to Andrew and was there to get married to him.
Thames Valley Police arrested the woman on suspicion of burglary and later sectioned her under the Mental Health Act.
It is said the woman gave her name as Irene Windsor and told police she was engaged to Andrew and lived with him, and wasn’t asked for any proof of identification.
In her handbag, she was carrying maps of the Royal Lodge and Buckingham Palace, and a self-defence key ring in the shape of a cat that featured two sharp prongs, it is alleged.
She is said to have flown to the UK from Spain on Saturday, the day Andrew and his family attended his father Prince Philip’s funeral.
A source told the Sun: “She was apparently very smartly dressed, in suit trousers, a yellow blouse and peach jacket, and had her hair done up and full make-up.
“She cut quite a glamorous figure and the guards were completely taken in by her.
“They had no idea this woman was a total stranger to Andrew and seemingly had a fixation with him.”
A review has been launched following the security scare.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
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A police spokesperson said: “Thames Valley Police were called to the Royal Lodge at Windsor Great Park on Monday morning to reports of a female trespasser.
“The woman, aged 43, was intercepted and arrested. She was subsequently de-arrested and has been sectioned under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.
“The investigation into the incident continues, but there was no risk to any individual on the site. Due to the female being sectioned, we will not be commenting further at this time.”
Andrew’s security was scaled back last year under cost-cutting measures and due to his withdrawal from royal duties following his disastrous interview with BBC Newsnight over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
He still has Met Police personal protection, but the officers are no longer routinely armed.
The Privy Purse, the Queen’s private income, provides private security at Royal Lodge.
Andrew and Fergie have lived at the Royal Lodge since 2004.
In January, it was claimed their daughter Princess Eugenie and son-in-law Jack Brooksbank had moved into the Royal Lodge during England’s latest Covid lockdown.
Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank welcomed a baby boy, August, the following month.