Prince Andrew’s maid had a training day collecting teddy bears
Prince Andrew’s beloved collection of teddy bears was so large it took a full day of training for new staff to care for them – and an hour each day to organize them for the adult royal, according to a former palace maid.
Charlotte Briggs told The Sun that when she started working for the “demanding and authoritative” prince at Buckingham Palace, the biggest surprise was her collection of 72 soft toys.
“As soon as I got the job, I was told about the teddies and told how he wanted them,” she told the British newspaper shortly after Andrew’s divorce from Sarah Ferguson in 1996 , when he was 36 years old.
“He absolutely loved the teddies and was very clear about how he wanted them arranged,” she said, calling it “so special.”
Briggs, who was just 21 at the time, said she ‘even had a training day’ because the newly divorced prince was so demanding about how they were arranged in his apartment at the palace .
Andrew, a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew in the Falklands War, mainly collected bears dressed as sailors in uniforms and caps, the former maid said.
‘The teddies had to be in a particular order on his four-poster bed, from largest in the back to smallest in the front,’ she said, with the prince’s two favorite bears on ‘thrones’ on each side of the bed. bed.
“It took me half an hour to arrange them,” she insisted, calling it “the weirdest thing to pay for.”
The bizarre collection was revealed this week after a former palace guard told a British TV documentary that Andrew would ‘scream and scream’ if the soft toys were left in the wrong place.
Briggs told The Sun that Andrew even left her in tears with his outbursts of anger – claiming that when she once left a void after closing her curtains, he shouted: ‘You can’t do anything right ?”
“I was thinking, ‘You want to close your own curtains’ but you can’t say anything. You have to absorb it. It was awful and it made me cry,” she said.
The ‘spoiled brat’ even took him up four flights of stairs to close the curtains – even when he was sitting right next to them, the former maid said.
“This man fought for his country in the Falklands but couldn’t get up to close his own curtains,” she told the British newspaper.
“It was completely ridiculous but said a lot about him…He thinks he’s above everyone,” she insisted of the prince who has since been ousted from royal duties and never is no longer His Royal Highness.
She said when she got the job looking after Andrew partly because no one else wanted him “because of his reputation for tantrums and swearing”.
She didn’t last long either – resigning the following year, just before
Death of Princess Diana in August 1997.
Buckingham Palace and a spokesperson for Prince Andrew both declined to comment, The Sun said.
The interview comes as the focus shifts to Andrew, who is being chased in Manhattan by longtime Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who says she was forced to have sex with him three times. He vehemently denied the allegations.