Michael Fagan: 5 Things To Know About The Man Who Broke Into The Queen’s Bedroom In 1982


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‘The Crown’ season 4 chronicles the stunning state of affairs the place Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and located his approach into the Queen’s bed room. Here’s what to find out about what actually occurred.

The Crown season 4 isn’t simply overlaying the saga of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship. Queen Elizabeth II confronted many dire conditions all through the Eighties. One of these conditions was a significant safety breach the place intruder Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace twice in a single month.

The 34-year-old painter and decorator managed to get previous safety and got here face-to-face with the Queen of England. In The Crown season 4, Michael is portrayed by Tom Brooke in episode 5. The Netflix collection takes some liberties with the story of Michael’s break-in, so HollywoodLife has rounded up the important thing 5 information about what went down.

Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace in 1982. (AP Images)

1. Michael broke into Buckingham Palace and evaded royal safety. He got into Buckingham Palace by climbing the railings close to the gates to the Ambassadors’ entrance round 6:45 a.m. on July 9, 1982, in keeping with Scotland Yard’s report of the incident. He went behind a brief canvas awning that had been put close to the Ambassadors’ entrance.

He entered Buckingham Palace on the bottom ground through an unlocked window. The room he first entered housed the Royal Stamp Collection, however when all of the doorways to the remaining of the constructing had been discovered to be locked, Michael exited. He used a drainpipe to climb to a flat roof and made it to a ledge that allowed him to get into an workplace of the Master of the Household that was in the primary palace constructing. He ultimately discovered his solution to the personal residences by “following the pictures.” A member of the palace workers did keep in mind seeing him, however she didn’t suppose there was a motive to fret.

2. He made it to the Queen’s bed room. Michael made it into the Queen’s bed room at round 7:15 a.m. He was carrying a bit of a damaged ashtray, which he initially claimed he was going to make use of to slash his wrists in entrance of the Queen, in keeping with Scotland Yard’s report.

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Queen Elizabeth II got here face-to-face with Michael Fagan in her bed room. (AP Images)

Michael opened the curtains close to the Queen’s mattress. She pressed her evening alarm bell, however the police sergeant was off obligation on the time and the footman was out strolling the canines. Queen Elizabeth II then used her bedside cellphone to name the palace telephonist to ship for police. She referred to as once more a couple of minutes later for the reason that police hadn’t arrived. Prior to the police getting there, the Queen grabbed a palace worker and managed to get Michael right into a pantry close by.

3. Michael claims that he had a couple of phrases with the Queen. When Michael pulled again the curtains, the Queen allegedly stated to him, “What are you doing here?” In The Crown, the Queen says to Michael, “Have you come far?” Michael advised The Guardian that the reigning monarch didn’t say that.

When Michael sat down on the Queen’s mattress, he claims that she stated to him, “I’ll be back in a minute.” She got a maintain of a palace employee who satisfied Michael to go away the bed room to go get a drink.

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Episode 5 of ‘The Crown’ chronicles Michael Fagan’s break-in. (Netflix)

4. He was arrested after the break-in. However, he was not charged with trespassing because it was a civil offense. This was really the second time he broke into Buckingham Palace. The first time, he startled a housemaid and fled. Michael was charged with stealing a bottle of wine throughout that first break-in, however the expenses had been dropped when he was dedicated to a psychiatrist hospital. In 1997, he was put in jail for 4 years for conspiring to provide heroin. He now lives together with his accomplice of 17 years, Rhian.

5. Michael has maintained that he didn’t have a particular motivation for the break-in. “I don’t know why I did it, something just got into my head,” he advised The Independent in 2012. In his most up-to-date interview with The Guardian, he admitted that he doesn’t have a motive for why he broke in however was upset about his joblessness and the breakdown of his marriage on the time.

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