She was so “irritated” by the matter that she decided to mark the level in the bowels in order to keep track of what was being eaten.
This was revealed in the News of the World’s phone-hacking trial and came courtesy of the publication’s royal editor, Clive Goodman back in 2005. He emailed it to the then editor, Andy Coulson.
In the message, Goodman stated that the Queen was “upset” that the “nuts being left out” were being scoffed down profusely by palace officers. Goodman’s email, according to Andrew Edis QC, the counsel for the prosecution, added that the Queen was “irritated by this.”
The email, which was written before Charles and Camilla’s ceremony, continued, “Queen furious about police stealing bowls of nuts and nibbles left out for her in apartments in the BP/Queen’s corridor. She has a very savoury tooth and staff leave out cashews, Bombay Mix, almonds etc. Prob is that police on patrol eat the lot… memo now gone around to all palace cops telling them to keep their sticky fingers out. She started marking the bowls to see when the levels dipped.”
The judge, Mr Justice Saunders, was forced to interrupt laughter from the court as these “unfounded allegations” were read out. Coulson was also informed of the status list for the wedding too, with the email stating, “My man in charge of invite vetting – only person to have accepted so far is Tony Blair.”
Goodman also alleged that there was an unspecific friction between Clarence House and the Church of England over the Prince of Wales’ second wedding. He was “told by the printer who’s doing the order of service for Prince of Wales wedding, there’s friction between Clarence House and Church of England,” before admitting, “I don’t know what the conflict is about specifically is yet.”
Coulson and Goodman have been charged with conspiring to cause misconduct in public office. They have both denied these charges. It’s been alleged that the duo paid palace policemen for copies of a royal household phone directory while Coulson has denied phone hacking too. The trial is set to continue at London’s Old Bailey.
Do you believe that the Queen had every right to be peeved with officers stealing her royal wedding nuts?
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