Prince Andrews employees drilled over sprawling teddy collection, says maid

Prince Andrew had employees "drilled" in how to arrange his "bizarre" collection of teddy bears, a former Buckingham Palace maid has claimed.

47-year-old Charlotte Briggs has revealed how Andrew's sprawling collection of 72 plush toys were painstakingly arranged into size order each morning, and carefully rearranged again before he went to bed.

Charlotte, who was 21 when she worked for the Royal Family during the 1990s, said that the process took an hour each day.

"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 Sun.

Charlotte claimed that she was trained for an entire day in how to arrange the toys, which she thought was peculiar given that Andrew is an adult man who had served during the Falklands war.

The events she describes supposedly occurred after his divorce from Sarah Ferguson in 1996.

The toys were arranged with the largest at the back and the rest in descending size order, and she added that Andrew would often get angry with his maids if this wasn't done correctly. At night, the teddies were to be moved and positioned around his bedroom.

She added: "It took me half an hour to arrange them — most bizarre thing to be paid for. They each had a set place. We had to stack the smaller ones in an unused fireplace, again in size order, to make them look pretty."

Andrew is also said to have had two favourite toys, which Charlotte said she would position on thrones either side of his bed.

Perhaps owing to his military background, Charlotte revealed how the majority of his toys had sailor's suits or hats and had been picked up from all around the world.

Andrew is currently living with ex-wife Sarah in Windsor's Royal Lodge, and it is believed that his teddy bear collection has been scaled back in recent years.

Discussing his collection in 2010 he said: "I’ve always collected teddy bears. Everywhere I went in the Navy I used to buy a little teddy bear, so I’ve got a collection from all over the world of one sort or another."

The Daily Star has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.

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