The Duke of York slept with multiple teddy bears in his bed even during his 10-year marriage to Sarah Ferguson, a royal biographer has revealed.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward has claimed that Prince Andrew slept with "around a dozen teddy bears" on his bed during his marriage to Fergie from 1986 to 1996.
She recalled noticing the toys while visiting Fergie at Buckingham Palace in 1990 to assist with the biography she was writing.
Ingrid said she assumed they belonged to the Duchess and were from her childhood – but Fergie insisted they belonged to the father of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
She told The Sun: "I said to her, ‘Oh Fergie, you haven’t still got your old teddies, have you?
"And she said, ‘No they are all Andrew's. We found it very funny and fell about laughing.”
The revelation comes after a former Palace maid Charlotte worked for the Royal Family in the mid-90s and claimed staff were given a diagram on how to place Andrew's 72 cuddly toys around his room.
She said: “As soon as I got the job, I was told about the teddies and it was drilled into me how he wanted them.
“I even had a day’s training. Everything had to be just right. It was so peculiar.”
Charlotte, who was 21 at the time, said the biggest teddies were put at the back and the rest were in descending order of size to the smallest at the front.
She claimed the Prince's two favourite teddies were placed on mahogany thrones at his bedside.
She further added that the vast majority of teddies were dressed as sailors, in uniforms and caps, and came from all over the world.
“But he absolutely loved the teddies and was very clear about how he wanted them arranged,” she added.
For the latest weather updates and breaking news stories from the UK and across the globe, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.
Charlotte even claimed Andrew frequently lost his temper with the staff, especially if it involved his cuddly toys.
She added: "It took me half an hour to arrange them — most bizarre thing to be paid for."
Andrew lives with his ex-wife Fergie at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, but a suite of rooms was kept for him at the Palace for overnight stays.
It is understood his Palace bedroom has been packed up and his teddy collection has been scaled back.
Source: Read Full Article