the Queen of England got “irritated” with the royal police guard protecting her and her family. The problem? Too much snacking.Some juicy tidbits about the royal family have come to light this week thanks to the high-profile phone hacking trial going on in London right now. The most interesting — in a so-banal-it's-fascinating kind of way — is the revelation that
According to the prosecution, which cited emails sent by the defendants, members of the guard were helping themselves a bit too frequently to her carefully curated nut medleys (which included cashews, almonds, and a popular British snack called Bombay mix that contains various nuts along with dried lentils and chickpeas) that she had specially ordered and put out during the week of Prince Charles's wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles’s in 2005. The revelation is part of the ongoing trial of the now-shuttered British tabloid News of the World, which is charged with illegally hacking into the private emails and phones of public figures, including members of the royal family, in order to land scoops for stories.
It got so bad in fact, that the queen “started marking the bowls to see when the levels dipped," royal editor Clive Goodman said in a 2005 email to his then-editor Andy Coulson. "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 savory 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." The reading of the email prompted the entire court to erupt with laughter.
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Other fascinating facts released to the world this week? Prince Harry's then-girlfriend Chelsy Davy (kind of) phone-stalked him while he was training at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst by leaving an average of two voicemails and countless texts a day, knowing full well he wasn’t able to check his phone until his duties were over at 10 p.m. “Chelsy is driving Harry nuts, won’t leave Harry alone,” a fact that“concerned” Harry’s family, wrote a News of the World editor to another in an email that same year. Even though Davy was well liked amongst the royals, the revelation (which was relayed by palace intel) apparently made Harry's family wonder if she was too needy for the prince at a time when he needed to focus on himself. (Harry’s reaction was to leave his phone on silent. Classic guy move!)
Another bit of trivia: The first guest to RSVP to Prince Charles’s wedding was then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. It's also come out, without explanation, that in the days leading up to the wedding there was a lot of tension between the Church of England and Clarence House (the royal family’s public relations hub) as well as chatter that Harry allegedly asked one of his aides to help him with an essay — against the rules at Sandhurst. All this only a few days into this trial. Who knows what else we’ll learn by January.