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updated 2/12/2010 11:09:17 AM ET 2010-02-12T16:09:17

British police are investigating an accident in which Prince Andrew allegedly struck a police officer with his car while driving into Buckingham Palace.

Media reports said Queen Elizabeth II's second son hit the officer as he was driving his four-by-four through the palace gates.

The officer did not need hospital treatment and no arrest was made, but the Sun newspaper said he had complained to his bosses about the prince's driving.

"The royals tend to drive in quickly because of security risks, but this has left the officer really shaken up," a police source told the tabloid newspaper.

The palace confirmed Friday there had been "a minor incident" involving the prince and said it was a matter for the police.

The Metropolitan Police say an officer had been hit by a vehicle on Constitution Hill, outside the palace, and sustained minor arm injuries.

The force says it is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

The 49-year-old prince is known for his passion for cars. In 2002 he was stopped for speeding in his Range Rover but not charged.

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