The Duke of York has given an insight into the Royal Family’s home life, admitting they are not allowed to play Monopoly.

The Duke was visiting Leeds Building Society’s newly-refurbished Albion Street headquarters for a lunch to mark its revamp following the decision to keep its base in the centre of Leeds.

When Prince Andrew was presented with the property board game to mark his visit, he remarked: “We’re not allowed to play Monopoly at home. It gets too vicious.”

He did not reveal what they play in its place when other families use the Christmas holidays to sit down with a board game.

The Royals congregate at their Sandringham estate in Norfolk for the festivities, and last year the Duke disclosed that the Queen sometimes watches her own Christmas speech alone on Christmas Day to see if it comes across in the right way.

He said: “As children, we were always encouraged after lunch to behave ourselves and wait for the Queen’s message because lunch would usually finish within 10 or 15 minutes of quarter to three, and three o’clock is the time we all sit down and watch it.”

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