Prince Andrew grew furious at a female gardening worker and blamed her, just days after being served with the writ in his sexual assault case.
The Duke of York, aged 61, is alleged to have left the gardener “shaken and upset”He claimed that he discovered saplings at Windsor Castle were cut in error.
According to some, he has “erupted in fury” “shouted and yelled”The worker was seen shortly after Virginia Giuffre had served him his sex-abuse writ.
Insider to the Royal Family Silver Screen Beat: “Andrew is under a great deal of stress but it’s no reason to take it out on staff doing their job.”
It is believed that the gardener, who was not identified, continues to work for Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle.
But it’s understood she no longer tends the grounds of Prince Andrew’s 31-room, £30 million Royal Lodge mansion on the Queen’s Windsor estate.
The insider added: “There was a team of gardeners tending the grounds and Andrew spotted a problem with saplings.
“He started screaming and shouting, ‘What have you done?’The gardener was upset and shaken.
“She has always been considered conscientious and hard-working. Andrew was a great leader.
“You just don’t talk to people like that no matter who you are.”
His outburst reportedly came soon after he had been served with a writ by Virginia Giuffre, a trafficking victim of the prince’s former pals Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Bombshell papers outlining her claims were first handed to protection officers at the Royal Lodge on August 27 when the Duke was in Balmoral.
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The Duke strongly denies the allegations that he forced Ms Giuffre, then 17, to have sex and insists that they never met.
After Andrew allegedly told royal cops about the allegations, a police officer made the accusations. “f*** off”After he caused a security panic outside Buckingham Palace’s Queen’s bedroom.
Buckingham Palace has been reached out to provide comment about the tree row.