Curtains

Spoiled Prince Andrew took me up four flights of stairs to close the curtains while he sat next to them, says former maid

PRINCE Andrew forced a maid up four flights of stairs to close her curtains – as he sat next to them.

Former Buckingham Palace employee Charlotte Briggs was left in tears by the ‘demanding and authoritative’ Duke of York’s rude rants.

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The Duke of York’s former servant Charlotte Briggs has told how she suffered outbursts of swearing from Prince AndrewCredit: nb press ltd
Charlotte, 47, said she was left in tears and ended up hiding behind curtains to avoid the moody and 'entitled' royal

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Charlotte, 47, said she was left in tears and ended up hiding behind curtains to avoid the moody and ‘entitled’ royalCredit: Getty

Lazy Prince Andrew blew his top to a small gap in his curtains and shouted at his maid, “Can’t you do anything right?”

The Duke of York’s former servant, Charlotte Briggs, suffered his outburst of swearing as she ran up and down the stairs to face heavy curtains just yards from where he was sitting.

Charlotte, 47, said she was left in tears and ended up hiding behind curtains to avoid the moody and “entitled” royal.

She added: “This man fought for his country in the Falklands but couldn’t get up to close his own curtains.

“It was completely ridiculous but said a lot about him.

“Andrew definitely put the brakes on things. He thinks he is above everyone. In contrast, Charlotte said other members of the royal family, including Princes Charles and Edward, were “wonderful”.

She was 21 when she started working at Buckingham Palace in January 1996. Within six months she landed the ‘nobody wanted’ job – being Andrew’s maid shortly after his divorce with Sarah Ferguson.

The grumpy Duke, then 36 and a veteran of the Falklands War, flew off frequently and expected everything to be done for him.

Charlotte has broken her silence after being stripped of her military titles amid a sexual assault trial with Virginia Giuffre in the United States.

Charlotte recounted how her pillows were embroidered with the Royal Crest, which was to be the center of her four-poster bed with her neatly arranged pajamas and teddy bears.

The mother-of-two, from Halifax, West Yorks, added: ‘I had been there for six months when the job as Andrew’s maid came up. “He had returned to the Palace after his divorce from Fergie.

“No one wanted the job because of his reputation for tantrums and swearing.

“It didn’t put me off. I was like, ‘Damn, I’m going to go’. “I had moved from Yorkshire to Buckingham Palace and wanted the challenge of looking after the royal family.

“The first few months, I hadn’t seen many members of the royal family. Most of my time was spent in the offices.

“I had seen Edward the first day. He opened the door for me to empty bins and was lovely. “But it was an opportunity for me to do what I had come to do in London.

“I hadn’t been there long – not long enough to take care of a royal – but I thought I would and got the job.”

Andrew had moved to the “nursery floor” where he, Prince Charles, Edward and Anne had played as children.

But despite being a grown man with military training, he refused to do anything for himself, Charlotte said.

She added: “There were two of us working shifts from 6.30am to 11.30am and then later in the evening.

“We could pull down his bed, pull out his stuffed animals, do the curtains and hang up his pajamas. But he was a rotten apple and he behaved like a spoiled brat.

‘IT WAS HORRIBLE’

“Really, you weren’t meant to be seen, you were just sneaking around and doing stuff.

“But he was a bit lazy and he would call from his office and say, ‘Can you send the maid to close the curtains.’

“They were literally behind him and massive – floor to ceiling and as tall as a house. But he refused to get up and close them himself.

“I would have to put on my evening dress, run up four flights of stairs and he would be sitting at his desk right next to them.

“One night I had done everything, I went back to the hallway and he came out yelling, ‘You can’t do anything right? I had left a small gap where they met but they were extremely heavy.

“I was thinking, ‘You want to close your own curtains’ but you can’t say anything. You have to absorb it.

“It was horrible and it made me cry. I was only 21 and had little life experience.

Charlotte added: “In Yorkshire, if a boy came home and insisted on someone else drawing blinds, he would get a clip around his ear.

“He wouldn’t get away with it here. That’s what people do. They stand up and get away with it.

“I was a young woman, much shorter than him, and I hadn’t served in the navy.

“Yet he sat at his desk and insisted that someone else draw his curtains. I would be embarrassed.

“I took care of the ladies-in-waiting and they did things on their own. They were adorable.

“But Andrew was extremely demanding. Everything had to be spotless and he threw his weight everywhere. I often tried to hide myself.

“HE RUINED MY TIME AT THE PALACE”

“I would see him come out and hide behind the curtains and think, ‘Well, he’s gone.

“I used to call him Sir, but not Your Royal Highness. I didn’t think he deserved it. He ruined my time at the Palace and made it miserable.

“The others were lovely. Charles and Edward especially. They were nothing like Andrew.

“I bumped into the Duke of Edinburgh in the hallway and he was so kind and gracious.

“I was even hugged by Nelson Mandela. Andrew was a world away from him. You couldn’t get a bigger contrast.

“Nelson Mandela appreciated everything he had and never underestimated the enormous responsibility he had as a human being. Andrew was just right.

Charlotte added: “Everyone knew he was awful. I’ve worked with all the other royals and they’re really nice.

“Prince Andrew was my main guy, but I also worked at Sandringham for Prince Charles just before Princess Diana died.

“Charles was so kind and caring. He showed empathy and kindness.

“But Andrew was just arrogant and that’s a shame because it probably ruined my experience.

“Maybe if I hadn’t worked for him, I would have stayed longer working for the royal family.

“If I had worked for someone else, like Charles or Edward, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more.”

“THIS IS THE QUEEN FOR WHICH I AM SORRY”

Charlotte, who lived at the palace and was paid £600 a month, was pictured on the royal balcony before Trooping the Color in 1996.

She left shortly before Diana’s death in August 1997 after feeling lonely and returned to her parents in Yorkshire. She then worked in hotels but is now a full-time married mother.

Father-of-two Andrew is said to be upset after the Queen stripped him of his royal titles as he faces a sex abuse trial.

The details of his angry outbursts are likely to cause him even more embarrassment as he prepares to give sworn evidence against Ms Giuffre’s claims. She accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, which he vehemently denies.

Andrew currently lives with his ex-wife Fergie at Royal Lodge Windsor, near the castle.

But he is now facing calls for his deportation after stepping down from royal duties in 2019 amid links to deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Charlotte added: “She’s the queen I feel sorry for. It must be hard for her.”
Buckingham Palace and a spokesperson for Prince Andrew declined to comment last night.

Charlotte was 21 when she started working at Buckingham Palace in January 1996 - seen here in the middle

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Charlotte was 21 when she started working at Buckingham Palace in January 1996 – seen here in the middleCredit: nb press ltd
Within six months, Charlotte got the job

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Within six months, Charlotte landed the ‘nobody wanted’ job – being Andrew’s maid shortly after his divorce from Sarah FergusonCredit: nb press ltd
Andrew had returned to the Palace after his divorce from Fergie

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Andrew had returned to the Palace after his divorce from FergieCredit: Getty – Contributor
Charlotte left Buckingham Palace shortly before Diana's death in August 1997 after feeling lonely and returned to her parents in Yorkshire.

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Charlotte left Buckingham Palace shortly before Diana’s death in August 1997 after feeling lonely and returned to her parents in Yorkshire.Credit: Getty
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