Michael Fagan: Man who climbed into Queen's Buckingham Palace bedroom says he lit a candle after her death
LONDON, UK: Michael Fagan, a man who scandalously managed to enter the Queen’s bedroom in Buckingham Palace in 1982, has expressed grief at the death of Her Majesty. The 74-year-old man shared that he went to church and lit a candle for her. He also sounded optimistic about the new monarch and said King Charles III is capable of bringing down the friction between the rich and poor in society.
Fagan, in the early hours of July 9, 1982, managed to scale the royal residence’s 14-foot high wall, and despite revolving spikes and barbed wire, climbed up a drainpipe and finally got into the Queen’s bedroom, while she was asleep. The Queen’s duty footman was able to tackle him down, and he was later charged with trespass, which wasn’t a criminal act in those times.
"I am quite sad that she has gone,” Fagan began on the Queen’s death. “I don’t want to say anything more – just that I hope she rests in peace. I have no plans to go to the funeral but I have been to church to light a candle for her and hopefully it is all behind me.”
He added, “It has all been said so many times. I think Charles will do a good job and look after the planet. He will be very good at that. There is also too much division between the rich and poor in society and I think Charles will help heal that.”
His intrusion into the Queen’s bedroom was dramatized in the Netflix series 'The Crown'.
The Mirror reported in 2020 on Fagan trespassing into the Palace and how he remembered the whole episode, “It surprised me how shoddy it was. I wiped my hands on the curtains because I got some muck on my hands climbing the drainpipe and they were falling to pieces, these 20ft drapes.”
Fagan recalled, “It was like The Addams Family house, just old and flaky. And the isolation. It was a big, big room with one little person in it. It surprised me how shoddy it was.”