Duke of York challenged by police after Palace break-in

The Duke of York had earlier attended an engagement in central London, supporting new business ventures. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

The Duke of York was challenged by police at Buckingham Palace less than 48 hours after a break-in at the Queen's London residence.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed a man was ordered to verify his identity by two officers in the palace's gardens at around 6pm on Wednesday.

The confrontation came after an intruder had scaled a fence and got inside the palace on Monday night, before being arrested by police.

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Duke 'grateful' for apology

The Duke of York has said he is "grateful" for an apology from police after officers challenged him in the gardens of Buckingham Palace less than 48 hours after a break-in. He added that he looked forward "to a safe walk in the garden in the future."