Andrew: I'm Abseiling Down the Shard and Mother Is Not Worried

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Andrew: I'm Abseiling Down the Shard and Mother Is Not Worried


Byline: Emer Martin

PRINCE Andrew is to abseil down the tallest building in Europe for charity, but says his mother does not worry about her children's "mad" antics.

The Duke of York, who will lower himself down the east side of the Shard on September 3, also said his older brother, the Prince of Wales, thinks it is a "fantastic idea".

Andrew will be one of 40 abseilers, including Ffion Hague, the wife of Foreign Secretary William Hague, who are hoping to raise [pounds sterling]1 million for the Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity for which Andrew is chairman of the trustees. Mrs Hague is deputy chairman.

When asked if the Queen was concerned, Prince Andrew said: "No, this mother doesn't worry, based on the fact that all her children have done exclusively mad things over a number of years and so she is quite used to it."

The idea came to him after he spotted the "special building" on the horizon during a board meeting in Buckingham Palace. His daughter Princess Eugenie made the first pledge, of [pounds sterling]500, on her father's fundraising page. …

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