Breaking the Royal Code of Conduct
Posted on May 25, 2009
A royal chauffeur was suspended by Buckingham Palace on Monday after he allegedly allowed access to the queen’s fleet of official cars to tabloid reporters of the News World Press. It was the latest in a series of royal security breaches that famously include the intrusion of a man dressed as Osama bin Laden at Prince William’s birthday party and, creepier, in 1982 when a man broke into the queen’s room to watch her sleep.
Buckingham Palace has suspended a chauffeur for allegedly giving undercover reporters from the British tabloid News of the World access to sensitive areas to the palace.
The reporters claim they bribed royal chauffeur Brian Sirjusingh with $1,500 to get a tour of the queen’s private fleet of vehicles.
The reporters, who posed as Middle Eastern businessmen, said they were allowed to enter the place grounds without being checked for weapons or bombs. They also claimed that they learned code names for two of the queen’s cars, were told about security weaknesses of some of the royal coaches, and even found out the queen’s weekend travel plans.
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Buckingham Palace, official London residence of the queen.