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Major security scare at Windsor after woman claiming to be engaged to Prince Andrew is allowed into his house


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There was a security scare in Windsor on Monday after a woman was mistakenly allowed to access the Duke of York’s home.

Security officers at Royal Lodge granted the woman access to Prince Andrew’s residence after she told them she had a lunch appointment with the 61-year-old.

The woman, who claimed she was engaged to Prince Andrew, even managed to persuade the guards to pay for her taxi fair.

The intruder, a Spanish national who arrived in the country on Saturday, spent around 20 minutes wandering around the royal gardens according to The Sun.

She then entered the royal residence and asked a member of staff where Prince Andrew was as she had arrived to marry him.

The woman, who identified herself as Irene Windsor, was detained by staff until the police arrived.

After being arrested on suspicion of burglary, the woman was later sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

A security review is underway following the incident. It is understood that Prince Andrew was in residence at the time.

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.

“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 the Royal Lodge.

“They had no idea this woman was a total stranger to Andrew and seemingly had a fixation with him.”

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.