Being a member of the royal family isn’t easy, but Queen Elizabeth II can’t seem to catch a break.
Inside the “massive security breach”
According to The Sun, a 22-year-old man hopped the front gate at the palace in the wee hours of July 10. He was on the loose for at least four minutes before police apprehended him.
“There was an intruder at the Palace while the Queen lay sleeping in her bedroom and he was on the loose before the cops arrested him,” a royal insider explained to the outlet. “He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, everything was locked up.”
Police are reportedly holding the man, who was unarmed, on suspicion of trespassing.
How did this happen?
Apparently, the man knew the queen would be there because the royal standard flag was flying. A statement on the royal family’s website says the flag goes up whenever the queen is on royal grounds or when she’s visiting certain places if requested by the owner or proprietor. Sources said they believe the man may have been trying to access the queen’s bedroom.
Was it a copycat operation?
Back in July 1982, a man named Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace. According to Scotland Yard’s report, officers saw Fagan “on the railings near the gates to the ambassadors’ entrance at about 6:45 a.m.” He jumped over the fence and entered the palace through an open window on the ground floor. The room he found himself in housed the $20 million Royal Stamp Collection.
But the doors were locked. So Fagan went back out the window, climbed the roof, and entered the palace through another unlocked window.
Once inside, Fagan broke an ashtray before heading to the queen’s bedroom. He later told officials he planned on using the shards to slit his wrists in front of her. When he reached the room, he opened the curtains, which startled the queen. She then called for help.
“This intruder got into the Palace almost 37 years to the day since Michael Fagan ended up getting inside the Queen’s bedroom. There is a genuine theory and very real fear that he could have been launching a copycat operation,” insiders told The Sun of the latest break-in.
Is the queen OK?
Royal sources told the outlet that she knows about the break-in. They added, “Of course this will be a matter of great interest to the Queen. She knows exactly what is going on at the Palace.”
Some officials are shaken up by the ordeal, though. “How is it possible all these years later that someone can climb the fence and get right inside the grounds without being stopped immediately? What about heat censors and CCTV? The Queen’s safety should be paramount,” one insider said.
We’re just glad she’s safe. Hopefully, this will be the last one of these kinds of situations.