Princess Beatrice's pad is branded a death trap: Surveyors find more than 100 fire safety hazards at 16th-century St James's Palace

St James's Palace, where Beatrice lives in a four-bedroom apartment, is considered a potential fire trap, with 'serious flaws' that could put its royal occupants' lives at risk, writes Sebastian Shakespeare

Prince Andrew is keen for Princess Beatrice to move out of St James's Palace to grander accommodation at Kensington Palace — and now he has even more reason to get hot under the collar.

St James's Palace, where Beatrice lives in a four-bedroom apartment, is considered a potential fire trap, with 'serious flaws' that could put its royal occupants' lives at risk.

Surveyors acting for the Royal Household have identified more than 100 fire safety hazards at the 16th-century palace.

More than 20 of the hazards are considered 'high risk', including a potential fire route 'from the rear of [the] princesses' flats'.

The Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra also have homes in St James's Palace, and luxury apartments have been rented to the public for up to £20,000 a month.

But a new report, by AHP Architects, says the fire safety flaws pose a 'significant health risk to the palace's occupants'.

The report says: 'Recent surveys of the stairs and walkways have revealed serious flaws in many areas, which have the potential to endanger the users.'

It adds that the palace's rooftop walkways, designed to give the royals a 'means of escape' should a fire break out, are 'severely inadequate'.

The Government ordered an inquiry into fire precautions at all taxpayer-funded Royal Palaces following the devastating 1992 fire at Windsor Castle.

The Royal Household is now planning upgrades to St James's Palace to 'improve the safety of occupants'.

A spokesman for St James's Palace said: 'Fire risk assessments and inspections are undertaken on a regular basis.'

Beatrice's rented apartment in St James's Palace, which she originally shared with sister Eugenie, was refurbished in 2008 with £250,000 of taxpayers' money.

But the Duke of York wrote to the Queen last autumn, asking that his daughters should be granted accommodation at Kensington Palace, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Last year, Eugenie announced plans to move to Ivy Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, only for the move to be delayed due to damp problems.

Surveyors acting for St James's Palace (pictured) have identified more than 100 fire safety hazards at the 16th-century palace?

Surveyors acting for St James's Palace (pictured) have identified more than 100 fire safety hazards at the 16th-century palace?

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Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, who starred in Harvey Weinstein's 1996 film, The English Patient, has opened up about her experience working with the movie mogul since he was revealed as a sex predator.

'I didn't have any of the experiences that other people have had. And I'm appalled by these revelations, and as shocked as anyone,' Thomas says of Weinstein.?

'He didn't once come to the set. I'm an actress and I don't really have much of a clue of what was going on behind the scenes.'

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas (pictured), who starred in Harvey Weinstein's 1996 film, The English Patient, has opened up about her experience working with the movie mogul since he was revealed as a sex predator, writes Sebastian Shakespeare?

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas (pictured), who starred in Harvey Weinstein's 1996 film, The English Patient, has opened up about her experience working with the movie mogul since he was revealed as a sex predator, writes Sebastian Shakespeare?

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Catherine Zeta-Jones might be married to a man 25 years her senior, but she is still a child at heart.

The Welsh-born actress, 48, arrived at JFK airport in New York this week with her husband, Hollywood star Michael Douglas, where she found a particular item of her outfit attracting more attention than usual.

Matching her pink jacket, white trousers and pink bag, she sported a pair of pink trainers that featured a pink pom pom on each foot.?

Welsh-born actress Catherine Zeta Jones (pictured), 48, arrived at JFK airport in New York this week with her husband, Hollywood star Michael Douglas (left), where she found a particular item of her outfit attracting more attention than usual. Matching her pink jacket, white trousers and pink bag, she sported a pair of pink trainers that featured a pink pom pom on each foot

Welsh-born actress Catherine Zeta Jones (pictured), 48, arrived at JFK airport in New York this week with her husband, Hollywood star Michael Douglas (left), where she found a particular item of her outfit attracting more attention than usual. Matching her pink jacket, white trousers and pink bag, she sported a pair of pink trainers that featured a pink pom pom on each foot

While she looked the model of sartorial elegance, her husband cut a more casual figure, kitted out in a fleece and baseball cap.

At least he made a nod to his wife's fashionable attire by carrying a bag adorned with red and white pom poms.

Mask Of Zorro star Zeta-Jones has made no secret of her love for the quirky accessory, explaining recently: 'Pom poms make me happy.'

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Radio 4 presenter Eddie Mair (pictured) is one of the BBC's most self-satisfied broadcasters, writes Sebastian Shakespeare?

Radio 4 presenter Eddie Mair (pictured) is one of the BBC's most self-satisfied broadcasters, writes Sebastian Shakespeare?

?Eddie Mair is one of the BBC's most self-satisfied broadcasters.?

The presenter of Radio 4's PM programme, who is paid up to £349,999 per year, is asked by an interviewer: 'What's your appeal?'

Mair responds, preeningly: 'I've heard that my tones are soothing.' As was once said of the footballer Graeme Souness: 'If he were made of chocolate, he would eat himself.'

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With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured) to wed in May, simple maths suggests that a royal baby could follow by around March 2019

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured) to wed in May, simple maths suggests that a royal baby could follow by around March 2019

When Prince Harry was asked about children by BBC interviewer Mishal Husain, he replied: 'Not currently. No.

'I think one step at a time and hopefully we'll start a family in the near future.'

With Harry and Meghan to wed in May, simple maths suggests that a royal baby could follow by around March 2019.

Perfect timing to put the seal on national celebrations as we leave the European Union that month!

It'll be a royal Brexit baby.

But when Prince Harry was asked about children by BBC interviewer Mishal Husain (pictured), he replied: 'Not currently. No. 'I think one step at a time and hopefully we'll start a family in the near future.'

But when Prince Harry was asked about children by BBC interviewer Mishal Husain (pictured), he replied: 'Not currently. No. 'I think one step at a time and hopefully we'll start a family in the near future.'

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