Palace: No public interest in Mail's 'Airmiles Andy' story

Buckingham Palace has insisted that there is no public interest in writing stories about members of the Royal Family on private business after an 'Airmiles Andy' story in today's Daily Mail.

The paper published photos and pictures of Prince Andrew playing an exclusive round of golf at Royal Lytham and St Annes golf course ahead of the Open this week after flying there himself by helicopter. The paper reported that he paid around £3,000 to fly to the golf course himself.

A Palace spokesman said: "'The Duke of York played golf at Royal Lytham & St Annes in his own time and entirely at his own expense. There was no cost to the taxpayer.

"We believe strongly that where no public money is involved, nor a legitimate public interest to argue otherwise, members of the Royal Family are entitled to private lives."

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