London – The Duke of York, Prince Andrew has now joined the twitter community as @TheDukeOfYork.
After opening his account on Monday, it wasn't long until he had more than 10 000 followers as well as numerous abusive comments.
The son of Queen Elizabeth II has served as a British ambassador as well as a navy helicopter pilot.
He now follows charities, arts organisations and the Hunstaton Golf club on Twitter.
Prince Andrew doesn't follow his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, who tweets as @SarahTheDuchess.
There are two official Twitter accounts for the British monarchy.
Andrew is the first member to tweet personally, and signs the messages he has written AY.
About the abusive tweets, a palace spokesperson said the duke is a champion of free speech.