Queen Elizabeth could likely have used a break from worry following the recent death of her husband of nearly three quarters of a century, Prince Philip. But alas, it seems this is not meant to be, as reports of two intruders breaking onto the Windsor Castle grounds last week were released over the weekend (via Express). Luckily, the suspects, a man and a woman, were apprehended upon scaling the fence, and did not make it into the residence.
But according to The Sun, this pair of intruders marks the second time someone has made it past security at Windsor Castle in the past week. As Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana’s former personal protection officer, told the outlet, “It is totally unacceptable and makes the Queen vulnerable. This is very worrying and things really need to change.”
Meanwhile, another source noted, “This is an astonishing lapse. Everyone was on high alert after the first intruder, now this happens. Heads could roll. It is unforgivable.”
This is not the only break-in at the Queen's residence
As was chronicled on “The Crown,” another break-in famously took place at the Queen’s residence. In 1982, Michael Fagan actually managed to find his way into the monarch’s bedroom — incredibly, this was his second time breaking into Buckingham Palace (via Town & Country).
In 2019, another intruder made it onto the grounds of Buckingham Palace. And these are not the only intrusions in the history of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. As for the latest security breaches, The Sun reports on April 19, a woman claiming to be the fiancée of Prince Andrew made her way onto the grounds of the Royal Lodge before being arrested.
Frighteningly, Daily Mail notes the break-ins occurred where Prince Andrew lives, and where the Queen walks her corgis. The outlet also reports the woman who broke in first, who called herself Irene Windsor, was let in by palace guards based on claiming to have an appointment with Prince Andrew, and was on the grounds for 20 minutes before being apprehended.
As a source noted, “The woman demanded they pay her cab fare as she was a close friend of Prince Andrew, and they obliged before helpfully pointing her on her way towards the Royal Lodge.”
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