Prince Andrew’s beloved collection of teddy bears was so big it took a full day of training for new staff to care for them — and an hour each day to arrange them for the adult royal, according to a former palace maid.
Charlotte Briggs told The Sun that when she started working for the “demanding and entitled” prince at Buckingham Palace the biggest surprise was his collection of 72 soft toys.
“As soon as I got the job, I was told about the teddies and it was drilled into me how he wanted them,” she told the UK paper of just after Andrew divorced Sarah Ferguson in 1996, when he was 36.
“He absolutely loved the teddies and was very clear about how he wanted them arranged,” she said, calling it “so peculiar.”
Briggs, who was just 21 at the time, said she “even had a day’s training” because the newly divorced prince was so demanding about how they were set out in his apartment at the palace.
Andrew, a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew in the Falklands War, mostly collected bears dressed as sailors in uniforms and caps, the former maid said.
“The teddies had to be in a particular order on his four-poster bed, from the biggest at the back, down to the smallest at the front,” she said, with the prince’s two favorite bears on “thrones” either side of the bed.
“It took me half an hour to arrange them,” she insisted, calling it the “most bizarre thing to be paid for.”
The bizarre collection came to light this week after a former palace guard told a UK TV documentary that Andrew would “shout and scream” if the soft toys were not left in the right place.
Briggs told The Sun that Andrew even left her in tears with his angry outbursts — claiming that when she once left a gap after closing his curtains he screamed, “Can’t you f—ing do anything right?”
“I was thinking, ‘You want to shut your own curtains’ but you can’t say anything. You have to absorb it. It was awful and he brought me to tears,” she said.
The “spoiled brat” would even make her run up four flights of stairs to close the curtains — even when he was sitting right next to them, the former maid said.
“This man fought for his country in the Falklands but couldn’t stand up to close his own curtains,” she told the UK paper.
“It was utterly ridiculous but spoke volumes about him … He thinks he’s above everyone,” she insisted of the prince who has since been booted from royal duties and is no longer His Royal Highness.
She said when she got the job looking after Andrew partly because nobody else wanted it “because of his reputation for tantrums and sweary outbursts.”
She did not last long, either — quitting the following year, just before
Princess Diana’s death in August 1997.
Buckingham Palace and a spokesman for Prince Andrew both declined to comment, The Sun said.
The interview comes amid increased focus on Andrew, who is being sued in Manhattan by longtime Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre who says she was forced to have sex with him three times. He has vehemently denied the allegations.