A man has been arrested after climbing over Buckingham Palace’s front gates in an attempt to break into the building, police have confirmed.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning while the Queen was reportedly asleep inside the palace.
A royal insider told The Sun that there’s a “very real fear” the man was trying to “copycat” Michael Fagan, an intruder who managed to break into the Queen’s bedroom while she was inside 37 years ago.
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A 22-year-old man attempted to break into Buckingham Palace overnight — and it’s thought his intentions could have been to reach Her Majesty’s bedroom.
The man was arrested at 2 a.m on Thursday morning after climbing over the front gates and into the grounds of the palace, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed to INSIDER.
An anonymous source — cited only as a “royal insider” — told The Sun that the man “banged down the doors” of the palace while Her Majesty slept.
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“There was an intruder at the Palace while the Queen lay sleeping in her bedroom and he was on the loose for a good few minutes before the cops arrested him,” the source said.
“He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, this time everything was locked up.”
The source added that the man’s attempted break in could have been a “copycat operation” due to the eerie timing of the incident.
On July 9, 1982, Michael Fagan scaled the palace’s 14-foot high wall before entering the building through an open window in what was later described as “one …read more
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