Prince Andrew flew into a rage at a female gardener and blamed her for damage to his prized trees just days after he was served with his sexual assault case writ, it has been claimed.
The Duke of York, 61, allegedly left the gardener "shaken and upset" after he claimed he found saplings at Windsor Castle had been cut in error.
He is said to have "erupted in fury" and "shouted and yelled" at the worker soon after he had been served his sex-abuse writ by accuser Virginia Giuffre.
A royal insider told The Sun: "Andrew is under a great deal of stress but it's no reason to take it out on staff doing their job."
The gardener, who has not been identified, still works for the Queen at Windsor Castle, it is reported.
But it's understood she no longer tends the grounds of Prince Andrew's 31-room, £30 million Royal Lodge mansion on the Queen’s Windsor estate.
The insider added: “There was a team of gardeners tending the grounds and Andrew spotted a problem with saplings.
“He started screaming and shouting, ‘What have you done?’ The gardener was very upset and shaken.
“She has always been considered conscientious and hard-working. Andrew was over the top.
"You just don’t talk to people like that no matter who you are.”
His outburst reportedly came soon after he had been served with a writ by Virginia Giuffre, a trafficking victim of the prince's former pals Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Bombshell papers outlining her claims were first handed to protection officers at the Royal Lodge on August 27 when the Duke was in Balmoral.
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The Duke strenuously denies allegations that he forced Ms Giuffre to have sex when she was 17, and insists he has never met her.
The accusations come after a police officer claimed Andrew told royal cops to "f*** off" after he sparked a security scare outside the Queen's bedroom at Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment regarding the tree row.
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