Nightly News   |  September 08, 2013

Prince Andrew asked for ID inside palace

Two armed officers stopped Prince Andrew in Buckingham palace and asked him to identify himself. NBC’s Duncan Golestani reports.

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>>> in london , the past week has been a highly eventful one at buckingham palace , but not for the kind of control and highly orchestrated attention the royal family is used to. just ask prince andrew what it was like. the story from nbc's duncan golistani.

>> he's one of the most recognizable men in britain, but being a son of the queen did not stop prince andrew from being forced to identify himself to police officers last week. or having it splashed across the sunday tabloid. today he gracefully accepted an apolegy from the police. he said they have a difficult job to do and sometimes they get it wrong. on wednesday, prince andrew was taking a stroll in the buckingham palace gardens . it was a nice, summer's evening until two armed officers stopped him. what happened next is unclear. britain "sunday express" newspaper claims the prince was pounced upon by the officers who shouted, put your hands up, and get on the ground. what followed was described as a mexican standoff .

>> the armed officer would have seen this man and said, get down on the floor. it probably only lasted a few seconds, but the truth of it is, they do have to follow procedure, even of course, prince andrew is very recognizable.

>> but london 's metropolitan police say no weapons were drawn and no force was used. unfortunately for the officers, it happened in the same week an actual intruder was able to enter the palace undetected.

>> maybe people are a little bit twitchy at the palace, in light of what's happened over the last couple of days. i think it's paramount for the police to get everything right. the moment they get something wrong, obviously they can be criticized, it's a bit like they're damned if they do and they're damned if they don't. in his statement today, prince andrew joked he would look forward to a safe walk in the garden in the future. next time you can be sure he won't be questioned. duncan golistani, nbc news, london .