Buckingham Palace intruder slams The Crown for ‘having a pop at the Queen’

The man who broke into the Queen‘s Buckingham Palace bedroom in 1982 has criticised Netflix for ‘having a pop at the Queen’.    

Michael Fagan, 70, of north London, described the fifth episode of the new series of The Crown, which features his infamous break-in, as a ‘complete fiction’ and accused creator Peter Morgan of having his ‘own agenda’. 

Speaking to FEMAIL, he said: ‘He’s got his own agenda. The people that wrote The Crown, they’ve got an agenda. I bet the rest of it is a fiction as well. They’ve just done it to have a pop at the Queen.’

The show has come under fire for fictionalising history in a way that portrays senior royals including the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in a negative light.   

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Michael Fagan, 70, of north London, described the fifth episode of the new series of The Crown, which features his infamous break-in, as a 'complete fiction' and accused creator Peter Morgan of having his 'own agenda'. Pictured, in 2006

Fagan in the year of the break-in

Michael Fagan, 70, who broke into the Queen ‘s Buckingham Palace bedroom in 1982 has criticised Netflix for ‘having a pop at the Queen’. Pictured, in 2006 (left) and in 1982

Mr Fagan described the fifth episode of the new series of The Crown, which features his infamous break-in, as a 'complete fiction' and accused creator Peter Morgan of having his 'own agenda'. Pictured, Tom Brooke as Fagan in The Crown

Mr Fagan described the fifth episode of the new series of The Crown, which features his infamous break-in, as a ‘complete fiction’ and accused creator Peter Morgan of having his ‘own agenda’. Pictured, Tom Brooke as Fagan in The Crown 

It came as Mr Fagan compared ‘shoddy’ Buckingham Palace to the house from the ‘Addams Family’ and pointed out the Queen did not have a four-poster bed, as the show suggests. 

In July 1982, Mr Fagan, then 33, scaled the Palace’s 14ft parameter wall for the second time in two months, shinned up a drain pipe and climbed through an unlocked window.

He walked into the Queen’s bedroom and pulled back the curtain to her bed, prompting Her Majesty to ask, ‘What are you doing here?’

But unlike the dramatic scene shown in The Crown, there was no long conversation between Fagan (played by Tom Brooke) and the Queen (Olivia Colman) at her bedside about Margaret Thatcher’s policies and the struggles of the working class. 

The Crown also shows Mr Fagan breaking a valuable vase during his escapades, something which he says was made up. 

He continued: ‘It’s a complete fiction, the bit about me and the Palace. All of it is a complete fiction. It was a fiction, I wouldn’t have a go at the Queen.

Intruder: The fifth episode of series opens with global news reports of a break-in at Buckingham Palace: Michael Fagan had climbed over a fence and into the palace grounds, before scaling a drainpipe and entering the royal quarters

Civilised conversation: The pair discuss Fagan's concerns surrounding class, employment and Thatcher, and the Queen gives him a listening ear. They are only interrupted when the maid brings in some tea and fetches a police officer

Civilised conversation: The pair discuss Fagan’s concerns surrounding class, employment and Thatcher, and the Queen gives him a listening ear. They are only interrupted when the maid brings in some tea and fetches a police officer

‘Everything about it is fiction. I didn’t speak to the Queen. I didn’t see anybody, all that ducking and diving. I just sat and waited for someone to come by.’ 

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Mr Fagan added that Buckingham Palace wasn’t as well kept as the film suggests.  

‘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. 

‘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.’

Peter Morgan has said that the team does its ‘very, very best to get it right’, while also admitting that he has had to ‘conflate’ incidents. He added: ‘Sometimes you have to forsake accuracy, but you must never forsake truth.’  

Fagan (pictured in 1987) said he was upset that no one from the drama contacted him before they made the televised version of the incident

Fagan (pictured in 1987) said he was upset that no one from the drama contacted him before they made the televised version of the incident

An out-of-work painter and decorator with convictions for heroin dealing and a number of petty crimes, Fagan was struggling after the breakdown of his marriage – his wife, Christine, had left him just weeks earlier. 

In a 1993 radio interview Fagan told listeners: ‘The Queen, to me, represented all that was keeping me down and [my] lack of voice… I just wanted her to know what it feels like to just be an ordinary chap trying to make ends meet.’ 

Fagan was arrested but wasn’t charged with trespassing because it was a civil offence and would have compromised the Queen’s role as head of state if she had to appear in court to give evidence.

It was one of the worst royal security blunders in modern history, which led the then-home secretary Willie Whitelaw to offer the Queen his resignation. She didn’t accept. 

He was charged with burglary after quaffing a bottle of expensive red wine in the palace but was acquitted after a trial at the Old Bailey in September 1982. He was then sent to a psychiatric hospital for three months.  

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIFTH EPISODE OF THE CROWN? 

The fifth episode of the new series, which launched on Sunday, opens with global news reports of a break-in at Buckingham Palace: an intruder had climbed over a fence and into the palace grounds, before scaling a drainpipe and entering the royal quarters. 

During the episode, Tom Brooke’s Michael Fagan struggles to cope with the breakup of his relationship and can be seen joining long lines of people signing up for the dole.

As he sits on the bus driving past Buckingham Palace, he is inspired to break in by scaling a fence and entering the grounds.

He enters the building through a window and is able to walk into the throne room, where he sits in one of the thrones, before drinking a bottle of wine and smashing a vase.

Later, Prince Philip and the Queen, who are staying at Windsor, are told about the intruder at the palace.

In another scene, Fagan breaks in again by smashing a window, before strolling through the palace and into the Queen’s bedroom. 

The intruder approaches the Her Majesty’s bedside, where she is asleep and drowsily wakes up, mistaking him for Prince Philip. After Fagan sits on the bed, the Queen wakes up with a start and demands that he ‘get out’.

Fagan tells her he just ‘wants to tell her what’s going on in the country…because either “she doesn’t know or doesn’t care”.’

When the Queen tries to reach for the phone, Fagan pulls it from her hand and ask her to ‘give him a minute.’ 

He explains: ‘I just thought it might be good for you to meet someone normal who can tell it to you as it is.’ 

The pair discuss the state of the building, with Fagan calling it ‘rundown’, before the conversation turns to politics.

Fagan tells her: ‘You’re my last resort, someone who can actually do something.’  He pleads with the monarch to ‘save us all from her… Thatcher. She’s destroying the country.’  

The Queen, dressed in her nightgown, sits down with Fagan to tell him ‘the state can help with all of this’ .

They discuss where he lives, as well as whether Thatcher is becoming too ‘presidential’, with Fagan warning the monarch that ‘she’ll be after your job.’

The conversation ends with the interruption of a maid with the Queen’s morning tea, who fetches a policeman.

As the security guard bursts into the room, the Queen shakes his hand and tells him: ‘I shall bear in mind what you’ve said.’ 

Later Margaret Thatcher goes on to apologize to the Queen for the ‘troublemaker’ who ‘resorted to violence’ by breaking into the palace.

The Queen tells her: ‘He wasn’t violent. The only person he hurt was himself. While he may be a troubled soul, I don’t think he’s entirely to blame for it himself.’

She goes on to cite unemployment figures to Thatcher, who says: ‘If unemployment is temporarily high, it is a necessary side effect to the medicine we are administering to the British economy.’

But the Queen expresses sympathy for Fagan, questioning the prime minister about the state of the ‘moral economy’ in the UK.

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