What Queen’s bedroom intruder Michael Fagan and the monarch really talked about
Undoubtedly, one of the strangest, but true, stories to come out of The Crown season four, is the story of Michael Fagan.
The unemployed painter and decorator from London broke into Buckingham Palace on July 9, 1982.
This, according to Fagan, was the second time he managed to sneak past security and enter the palace – this time entering the Queen’s bedroom.
In The Crown, Fagan reveals that he has broken in because he needs to discuss the state of the country with the Queen.
More specifically, he wants her to know that people like him had been left behind by the conservative state, and that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is “destroying” the country.
In the pivotal scene in The Crown, the Queen tells him she will “bear in mind” what he said.
According to real reports from the time, Fagan spent 10 minutes in the room before the Queen was able to get help.
For example, The New York Times reported that Fagan and the Queen talked about the Royal family, including Prince Charles.
However, Fagan himself has since said that they didn’t really talk about anything, and that it was a very short encounter.
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What really happened was that the Queen woke up, and no doubt scared because of the man at the front of her bed, she questioned “what are you doing here?”, Fagan told the Independent in 2012.
Fagan added to The Sun: “They say she must have been frightened. I didn’t frighten her too much but she was quite shocked.
“She used a phone on the bedside table to call security, but when nobody came she got out of bed.
“Her nightie was one of those Liberty prints and it was down to her knees."
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He added: “She said, “just one minute, I’ll get someone,’ swept past me and ran out of the room, her little bare feet running across the floor.”
According to police reports at the time, Her Majesty managed to attract the attention of a maid, and “together they ushered Fagan into a nearby pantry on the pretext of supplying him with a cigarette”.
According to The New York Times, the unemployed decorator was not charged with any criminal offence, but instead he was committed for a psychiatric evaluation.
Breaking into the palace didn’t become a criminal offence until 2007, when it became a "designated site" for the purposes of section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.
He spent three months in a psychiatric hospital, but was released on January 21, 1983.
Fagan told the Mirror : “It was like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest…but I survived it."
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