Police deny Prince Andrew held at gunpoint at Palace

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.

– Spokesman for the Metropolitan Police

Read: Previous scares involving the Royal Family

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