Prince Charles tells the Duke of York to apologise over heated disagreement
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The Duke of York has been embroiled in a heated disagreement with a senior member of staff, it has emerged. The Duke, who has returned to royal duties despite growing pressure over his links to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, is reported to have exchanged furious words with a male aide. The Mail on Sunday claimed that the Prince of Wales was moved to intervene, asking his younger brother to apologise.A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “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.”The newspaper quoted a source saying: “There were heated words on both sides but the altercation was in no way physical. “It was a verbal dispute. It was a work-related issue. The Duke got very cross that what he wanted wasn’t possible.”It is claimed that the Prince of Wales, as a senior member of the Royal Family, heard about the incident and asked the Duke to apologise. The Duke of York, who has been undertaking public duties despite growing pressure over the Epstein scandalCredit:R&A “There was no apology because there was nothing to apologise for,” the unnamed source added.“The Duke maintains a good relationship with the Prince of Wales.” The Duke is facing ongoing scrutiny over his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died facing charges of sex trafficking. They centre on a photograph of the Duke standing next to Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was made to have sex with him when she was 17 after being recruited by Epstein. The Duke has always vehemently denied the allegation. On Sunday, he was photographed on the golf course as he attended the Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.On Saturday, he undertook an official visit to Belgium to attend a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bruges, ignoring a television news reporter who asked if he would cooperate with US lawyers working on the Epstein case.He will shortly undertake a “full programme” of engagements in Northern Ireland relating to a golf tournament The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.