The Crown season 4 is set to depict the infamous 1982 break-in at Buckingham Palace – but the man behind the incident was not consulted at all about it.
Michael Fagan, who was an unemployed painter/decorator at the time of the incident, managed to successfully break into the London palace twice.
In the second time, he managed to meet the Queen after she awoke to find him in her bedroom.
The incident becomes a set piece in an upcoming episode of the Netflix drama, with Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth in a late night discussion with Fagan (Tom Brooke) after her initial panic subsides.
But the real Fagan, now 70 and living in Islington, claims the show used ‘a lot of artistic licence’ for the scenes, and he wasn’t contacted at all by the filmmakers.
Speaking to The Telegraph ahead of the show’s launch, he joked: ‘There’s plenty of people who’ve knelt before the Queen but there’s not many who’ve sat on her bed and had a chat, is there?’
While he doesn’t regret the incident, to this day Fagan does not know why he decided to do it.
Unlike the series, which will see the Queen and Fagan talk at length, he claims that the incident was over with quickly, with the monarch running out of her room and getting a butler, with the police following shortly after.
He was arrested but later released without charge, as at the time trespassing was a civil, but not a criminal, offence.
However, he did spend three months in a mental health facility following the incident.
In 1997, he was arrested alongside his wife and 20-year-old son for conspiracy to supply heroin, and spent four years in prison.
He now lives quietly in a block of flats with his partner of 17 years, and has three great grandchildren.
The Crown is available on 15 November on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.