The Metropolitan Police have denied a report that claimed Prince Andrew was held at gunpoint by armed police while being challenged by officers at Buckingham Palace.
The Sunday Express has reported the 53-year-old was ordered "put your hands up and get on the ground" during a brief stand-off.
But a statement from the Met fails to corroborate the account, instead saying:
On Wednesday, 4 September at approximately 1800hrs two uniformed officers approached a man in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to verify his identity.
The man was satisfactorily identified. No weapons were drawn and no force was used.
A man has broken into Buckingham Palace sparking a major security alert - he was was arrested inside the Queen's home earlier this week.
Last Monday's break-in at Buckingham Palace is the latest in a series of security scares involving the Royal Family.