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Prince Andrew's security staff too 'terrified' to question female intruder's identity

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A woman who pretended to be Prince Andrew's fiancée was able to trick her way past security because staff were too "terrified" to check with the royal, it has been claimed.

The Spanish female in her 40s arrived at the security gate of Royal Lodge in Windsor last April, claiming she was Irene Windsor and was there to have dinner with her fiancé, the Duke of York, and was allowed in with no identification or checks made.

Security officers even paid the woman's cab fare and she walked around the grounds for up to 40 minutes before entering the building, where a suspicious staff member alerted police.

And now Philip Grindell, the founder of VIP security firm Defuse and a former Met Police specialist detective - who was responsible for planning and running protective security measures for royal, military, government and other high-profile events - has claimed Andrew's reputation meant staff were reluctant to check the woman's story with him.

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