Royal SHOCK: Queen ‘could have been knifed’ by intruder but ‘wasn’t worried about safety’ – Express

Royal SHOCK: Queen ‘could have been knifed’ by intruder but ‘wasn’t worried about safety’ – Express

Queen Elizabeth II
Mr Burrell said the Queen “wasn’t worried about her safety at all” when, in 1982, 33-year-old Michael Fagan, who was an unemployed painter suffering from severe depression after his wife left him, managed to get into the Palace. Mr Fagan managed to get into Buckingham Palace after he noticed an open window while walking around outside. Once inside the building, he began wandering the corridors and reached the Queen’s bedroom where she was sleeping. The Queen’s former footman and former butler to Princess Diana described the moment Her Majesty told him about her interaction with Mr Fagan.Mr Burrel told Channel 5’s Royal Scandals: “Her Majesty told me the story personally. I said, ‘well, that’s extraordinary’.“She was pursued, ‘he was gripping a broken ashtray and he was bleeding on my counterpane’.“All she was worried about was the bloodstain on her bedclothes. She wasn’t worried about her safety at all.“Anything could have happened to our monarch lying in her bed.“She could have been knifed. .

She could have been suffocated.“The scandal meant that royal security was doubled and Her Majesty could sleep safely in her bed.”Royal Commentator Claudia Joseph said the incident was a “huge scandal” and “horrifying” for the nation.As a result of the scandal, the then Home Secretary Willie Whitelaw offered his resignation to which the Queen refused.Mr Fagan was not charged over the incident but he was made to spend six months in a psychiatric hospital.All members of the Royal Family are believed to go through security training at some point to teach them how to handle any situation, including hostage or kidnap.Royal expert Omid Scobie said the training saved the Queen’s life when Mr Fagan broke into her bedroom.Mr Scobie explained: “In 1982, the Queen famously found an intruder in her bedroom at Buckingham Palace, and instead of panicking – because she’s obviously gone through this training before – she ended up having a ten-minute conversation with the man to keep the situation calm until he asked for a cigarette.”He added: “A footman had come to answer the call of service, and she was able to give the signal that she was in trouble, and that probably saved her life.”Every member ....

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