The blows have been raining down on Prince Andrew. The Duke of York’s name got dragged through the mud because of his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. One of the victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, furthered him into the scrutiny of the public after having accused the prince of sex offences when she was still underage.

The prince has been laying low since Epstein’s suicide last month, but shortly after his first overseas engagement since July, Andrew found himself embroiled in another controversy. According to reports, he and Prince Charles may have gotten into a small fight over a bigger issue that concerns a royal aide. 

Last Sunday, the Palace confirmed that an argument between Prince Andrew and a senior palace aide took place. Andrew was “very cross” with the male staff member after the former demanded something that was not possible. 

“There were heated words on both sides, but the altercation was in no way physical,” claimed a source. “It was a verbal dispute. It was a work-related issue. The Duke got very cross that what he wants wasn’t possible.”

The altercation got so intense that the Prince of Wales was forced to intervene. Charles reportedly confronted Andrew and pressured him to apologize to the senior staff member. The Duke of York, however, did not heed his brother’s plea as he insisted that there was nothing to apologize for.

“The Duke explained the situation to the Prince of Wales and left it at that,” continued the source. “There was no apology because there was nothing to apologise for. The Duke maintains a good relationship with the Prince of Wales.”

As surprising as this turn of events played out, interventions by Prince Charles is not unheard of. The heir to the throne has to take charge in times of necessity, to either avoid scandals or for damage control.

“He is the second most senior member of the family and is known to take action when and where is necessary,” a source close to Charles revealed. “Mostly he is well informed and will intervene where it is appropriate to do so.”

Prince Charles and Priince Andrew Prince Charles (L) and Prince Andrew depart after attending the Garter service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, in south-east England, 18 June 2007. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images