Prince Andrew: How Queen and Prince Philip 'read riot act' to Duke of York

Prince Andrew: How Queen and Prince Philip 'read riot act' to Duke of York

Prince Andrew has been spotted leaving Balmoral this week, following ex-wife Sarah Ferguson’s hasty departure from the Queen’s summer retreat. Prin

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Prince Andrew has been spotted leaving Balmoral this week, following ex-wife Sarah Ferguson’s hasty departure from the Queen’s summer retreat. Prince Philip’s early arrival to the Scottish estate, coming alongside the Queen appearing by Andrew’s side as the two rode to church on Sunday, has been widely interpreted as a show of support and unity following the death of Jeffrey Epstein. However, an episode from 1984 illustrates one of the very few times the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have lost their temper with their second son. 

Journalist Sue Arnold, writing in Vanity Fair in 1986, describes the time the Queen and the “furious” Duke of Edinburgh “finally read the riot act” to their second-born son.

Ms Arnold writes: “Andrew’s romantic escapades, together with some much publicised midshipman japes (he has a penchant for practical jokes), earned him the reputation of Royal Lout-About-Town, a label that saddened his mother and annoyed his father. 

“Secretly, however, Prince Philip admires Andrew’s macho action-man image – it reminds him of his own youth.”

She continues: “It was only after the famous paint-spraying episode on an official visit to California, when Andrew doused a row of photographers with white paint, that his parents finally read the riot act.”

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew (Image: Getty)

Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew on teh 1984 California trip (Image: Getty)

The New York Times reported at the time: “Wiping his hands on a piece of newspaper afterward, [Andrew] said: ‘I enjoyed that.’”

However, Ms Arnold continues: “The Duke of Edinburgh put in a furious transatlantic telephone call advising his second son to ‘pull his finger out’ and grow up.

“He was effectively confined to barracks and spent a chastened summer holiday cruising with his parents on the royal yacht off the Scottish coast.” 

Andrew was also caught up in a “major row” during his days training at the prestigious Dartmouth Naval college, when he and other students caused mayhem during a charity race.

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