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Duke’s aides bemused by Falklands statement

The Duke of York is said to have left aides blindsided by an account of his experience in the Falklands War shared on his former wife’s Instagram page.

Andrew, 62, who flew missions as a Sea King helicopter pilot during the conflict, described returning from the Falklands “a changed man” in a 700- word statement shared by Sarah, Duchess of York, on Saturday.

Buckingham Palace and Andrew’s team was unaware he had published the account, which was uploaded over three posts and deleted two hours later.

The musings had been signed off as “written by HRH The Duke of York”, despite Buckingham Palace saying in January that he would no longer be styled as His Royal Highness.

Andrew lost his royal patronages and military affiliations at the same time as the fallout from the civil sex case he was fighting in the US. He has since settled out of court with his accuser, Virginia Roberts Guiffre, for a reported £7 million. He has always denied any wrongdoing.

The “HRH” reference was removed before the posts were deleted. The account had started with the Duchess, 62, explaining that she had “asked Andrew for his reflections” to mark 40 years since the start of the war.

In the posts, Andrew, whom she still lives with, recalled: “I was flying and saw a chaff shell fired from one of our ships that passed not that far in front of us.” He famously drew on his combat experience when he gave a disastrous Newsnight interview in which he disputed his accuser’s claim that he had been sweating heavily on a night out, explaining that combat experience had left him unable to perspire.

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