Prince Andrew has been pictured giving some unusual advice for freezing crowds waiting to see the royal family on their traditional Christmas Day tour of Sandringham.
The Duke of York baffled well-wishers after he told a woman who said her feet were cold that she had to “stand on newspapers” to keep warm.
During the family’s walk to St. Mary Magdalene Church on Sunday (December 25), Andrew was filmed standing in front of a woman and asking her if her “feet were cold.”
When I replied that they were “freezing,” he said, “You know the trick is to bring a newspaper? Stand on a newspaper and isolate your feet.”
A video of this strange moment was obtained, which was taken by an onlooker the sun.
“It was all really strange,” the onlooker told the newspaper. Andrew stopped in front of us and gave the most bizarre advice about keeping warm.
“I don’t imagine a woman will test his theory anytime soon.”
The royal family spent Christmas at Sandringham House this year for the first time since 2019. It also marks the first festive holiday without Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September.
King Charles III and the Queen Consort, as well as the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children, attended the church’s annual Christmas service.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children were also present. Andrew was joined by his two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and their spouses.
The duke’s presence on the tour came as a surprise to the waiting crowds, as he has rarely been seen in public since stepping down as a member of the royal family in 2019 over his controversial friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In November, Andrew was reportedly told by his brother, the King, that he would not return to his public duties.
He was reportedly told he was permanently banished from public life, which sources close to him said left him “completely lost and deeply depressed”.
In August 2021, a civil case was brought in a US court by Virginia Giuffre, who alleged that the duke sexually assaulted her on three occasions when she was 17. Andrew vehemently denied the allegations. Earlier this year, an out-of-court settlement was reached between the two parties.
The Queen usually hosts the royal family’s Christmas at Sandringham, but had to cancel the tradition in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. This year, the Royal Standard flew over the house, marking a return to the usual festivities.
King Charles’ first Christmas speech as the new monarch was broadcast at 3pm on Sunday. It was recorded on 13 December at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where his late mother is buried.
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