How Andrew got guests gig­gling


PRINCE Andrew’s re­cep­tion speech had guests in stitches – with the high­light a story about a mix-up be­tween his dog and Eu­ge­nie’s hus­band.

The duke said he once shouted at the fam­ily pet, also named Jack, to get off a chair – only to be star­tled when Mr Brooks­bank leapt to his feet.

As the guests sipped Pol Roger cham­pagne at Wind­sor Cas­tle, Andrew re­vealed that de­spite his 22 years in the Royal Navy, he didn’t re­alise how un­tidy his two daugh­ters could be.

Dr An­thony Waller­steiner, Jack’s head at Stowe School, said: ‘He thought he knew how to keep a ship in good shape but noth­ing could pre­pare him for clean­ing up the end­less Bar­bie dolls and mess.

‘He said he didn’t re­alise Ken and Bar­bie’s re­la­tion­ship was so com­plex. And he didn’t re­alise first that Bar­bie had quite so many out­fits and se­condly that Ken didn’t seem to have any clothes at all.’

Prince Andrew also spoke of his daugh­ter’s love for Win­nie the Pooh.

One courtier, who has worked for the royal fam­ily for 20 years, was brought to tears when the Duke of York pub­licly em­braced his new son-in-law.

‘He said, “I’m go­ing to do some­thing I’ve never done be­fore” then turned and hugged Jack. I got a tear in my eye at that point,’ the courtier said.

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