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Andrew turned on aide because he couldn’t book a room at Buckingham Palace for event 


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The altercation between the Duke of York and a member of the Royal Household has been the talk of Buckingham Palace in the past few weeks.

However, I can reveal the real reason for the dispute — which was a minor tiff rather than a full-blown confrontation — and the identity of Prince Andrew’s antagonist.

HRH exchanged heated words with the Queen’s Master of the Household, ex-Naval officer Tony Johnstone-Burt, who is in charge of Buckingham Palace’s ‘below stairs’ operations.

Andrew has endured months of scrutiny over his friendship with the disgraced paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, which might explain his tetchiness. Prince Andrew is pictured at a golf club in County Antrim on Monday

My sources tell me the dispute happened after Prince Andrew asked Johnstone-Burt if it was possible to book a room at the Buckingham Palace for his Pitch@Palace initiative, which helps connect entrepreneurs with potential patrons. 

However, he was informed it was fully booked.

HRH exchanged heated words with the Queen’s Master of the Household, ex-Naval officer Tony Johnstone-Burt, above, who is in charge of Buckingham Palace’s ‘below stairs’ operations

HRH exchanged heated words with the Queen’s Master of the Household, ex-Naval officer Tony Johnstone-Burt, above, who is in charge of Buckingham Palace’s ‘below stairs’ operations

‘Andrew was fine with that, but the aide then started speaking his mind about Pitch@Palace,’ says my source. 

‘It was like poking a bear. HRH turned on him and accused him of not listening and getting the wrong end of the stick.

‘Andrew told him to go and have a word with his private secretary. It was more handbags than hand grenades.’

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on what the row was about, but in a statement confirmed that incident had taken place.

‘Some time ago there was a disagreement between the Duke of York and a member of staff. The disagreement was resolved and there are no ongoing issues,’ a spokesman said.

Johnstone-Burt, who has worked at the palace for six years, is responsible for 250 staff covering catering, housekeeping, entertainment, maintenance and administration. 

He is also in charge of a £370 million, ten-year re-fit of the Queen’s official London residence.

Johnstone-Burt, who has worked at the palace for six years, is responsible for 250 staff covering catering, housekeeping, entertainment, maintenance and administration. He is pictured with Her Majesty the Queen above

Johnstone-Burt, who has worked at the palace for six years, is responsible for 250 staff covering catering, housekeeping, entertainment, maintenance and administration. He is pictured with Her Majesty the Queen above

Johnstone-Burt joined the Royal Navy in 1977 and served in the Falklands before eventually being promoted to vice-admiral and becoming the Chief of Staff to Nato’s Supreme Allied Command Transformation at Norfolk, Virginia.

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath by the Queen in 2013.

Andrew has endured months of scrutiny over his friendship with the disgraced paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, which might explain his tetchiness.

To prepare for her latest film role, in which she plays a midwestern mother whose teenage daughter goes missing, the 37-year-old actress watched hours of harrowing footage of reallife distraught parents

To prepare for her latest film role, in which she plays a midwestern mother whose teenage daughter goes missing, the 37-year-old actress watched hours of harrowing footage of reallife distraught parents

Sienna relishes tougher film role

Sienna Miller suffers for her art. To prepare for her latest film role, in which she plays a midwestern mother whose teenage daughter goes missing, the 37-year-old actress watched hours of harrowing footage of reallife distraught parents.

‘On the internet there are a million press conferences with parents who are in that raw, early stage of not knowing what happened,’ she says.

‘There’s the Madeleine McCann documentary. There’s a ton of stuff available. It was really depressing to watch.’

At least she managed to smile for the redcarpet premiere of the movie, American Woman, in Deauville, France, this week.

‘You know, as you can imagine, it was a really hard thing to do, but I like hard work. I crave that.

‘It was a relief to play somebody who was fully realised, and who begins as one woman and ends as another.

It’s rare for women to have a role that has that depth and range, and I was just grateful for that opportunity.’

Keira plans for ‘more chaos’ with baby No2

Pirates Of The Caribbean star Keira Knightley admits she’s anxious about the arrival of her second child.

The actress — who is married to Klaxons musician James Righton, with whom she has a four-year-old daughter, Edie, confides: ‘We’ve been pretty much in chaos for the past four years and it’s going to be even more chaotic.’

On being a working mother, the 34-year-old adds: ‘You always feel like you’re failing somewhere — whether at work or with the kid. The guilt is extraordinary.’

Keira Knightley is spotted out shopping in North London. She admits she's anxious about the arrival of her second child

Keira Knightley is spotted out shopping in North London. She admits she’s anxious about the arrival of her second child

Bond? He’s a rotten spy, says Damian

Homeland star Damian Lewis says he’ll never play 007.

‘I couldn’t be James Bond because I would be a good spy so it would be a no go,’ he tells me at premiere of his TV series Spy Wars. 

‘There’s a need for discretion and an ability to be covert as a spy, otherwise you’ll be a crap spy like Bond.

‘What’s brilliant about Bond is his recovery is better than everyone else’s and that’s where the two hours of the movie happens — it’s him getting himself out of the massive mistake he made earlier on.’

As an MI6 boss in Killing Eve, Fiona Shaw might be a familiar name. But she was very nearly known by a different moniker. 

‘I was born Fiona Wilson and was always called Fifi, but Rada wouldn’t allow me to be called Fifi,’ explains the 61-year-old. 

‘There was another Fiona Wilson in Equity, so I couldn’t keep that name. 

‘Every day when I was at Rada I would pass the statue of George Bernard Shaw, and my granny was one of those Shaws. 

So I thought: “I’ll take Shaw.” I had to make the decision in a day, and it’s been the happiest decision of my life.’

As an MI6 boss in Killing Eve, Fiona Shaw might be a familiar name. But she was very nearly known by a different moniker. She is pictured at the Edinburgh TV Festival last month

As an MI6 boss in Killing Eve, Fiona Shaw might be a familiar name. But she was very nearly known by a different moniker. She is pictured at the Edinburgh TV Festival last month

He became one of the first barristers to earn £1 million a year. But only now, more than a year after his death, has the brilliant Sir Desmond de Silva been laid to rest.

His ashes have been scattered into the Indian Ocean by his daughter, Victoria, and her mother, Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, who gathered on Taprobane Island, off Sri Lanka. 

‘Uncle Desmond loved the island,’ his nephew, Detmar Blow, tells me. ‘The plan was for him to spend his retirement there, but he never retired.’

Admitted to Royal Brompton Hospital for surgery to remove blood clots, de Silva suffered a stroke and was in a coma for five months, dying in June last year aged 78. 

At an inquest in May, his family claimed Sir Desmond was put in a bed under a ‘freezing’ air-conditioning vent, causing a chest infection. 

But the coroner ruled he died from ‘recognised complications of necessary surgical treatment’.

More than a year after his death, has the brilliant Sir Desmond de Silva been laid to rest. His ashes have been scattered into the Indian Ocean by his daughter, Victoria, and her mother, Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, who gathered on Taprobane Island, off Sri Lanka

More than a year after his death, has the brilliant Sir Desmond de Silva been laid to rest. His ashes have been scattered into the Indian Ocean by his daughter, Victoria, and her mother, Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, who gathered on Taprobane Island, off Sri Lanka

Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman,who is paid £370,000 a year for her work on the BBC, says she won’t ever stray from her comfort zone of live broadcasting.

‘I just like being tested, and in live television or radio you are being tested,’ she explains. 

‘People forgive anything if it’s live. I mean, look at me — eyeliner down to my chin, my tan coming off in chunks— I look like Anita Dobson’s grandma.’

Naomi Campbell is pretty fearless, but there is one thing that makes her quake in her boots. 

‘Jumping out of a plane. I’m terrified to do it,’ she says. ‘I’m sure there must be such a sense of freedom to do a sky-dive, but I’d freeze if I had to jump.’

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