The Crown’s Michael Fagan admitted he urinated on corgis’ food in bizarre confession
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Mr Fagan successfully broke into the Palace twice and even managed to make his way to the Queen’s bedroom where he had a conversation with her for several minutes. The Queen then managed to notify her staff and Mr Fagan was promptly arrested. However, his trespassing in the Queen’s bedroom was only a civil wrong at the time, not a criminal offence, so he was instead charged with stealing some wine, but was acquitted.
After an evaluation, he spent six months in a psychiatric hospital.
The break-in, which happened in July 1982, led to some security changes at the Queen’s London residence.
During an interview with The Independent in 2012, Mr Fagan recalled some bizarre details of his escapade that did not make it into The Crown.
For example, he revealed that he had been bursting for the toilet but could not find one anywhere.
He didn’t know what to do, so he relieved himself on the food of the Queen’s beloved corgis.
He said: “I found rooms saying ‘Diana’s room’, ‘Charles’ room’; they all had names on them.
“But I couldn’t find a door which said ‘WC’. All I found were some bins with ‘corgi food’ written on them.
“I was breaking my neck to go to the toilet.
“What do I do? Pee on the carpet? So I had to pee on the corgi food.
“I got into Charles’ room and took the wine off the shelf and drank it. It was cheap Californian.”
In episode five of The Crown, it is heavily implied that Mr Fagan’s actions were a direct result of Margaret Thatcher’s policies.
Mr Fagan, played by Tom Brooke, rants at the Queen, played by Olivia Colman, for a while about how the Iron Lady was “destroying the country”.
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At the end of the conversation, the Queen tells Mr Fagan she will “bear in mind” what he said.
However, the real Mr Fagan insists they did not talk about Mrs Thatcher, and that writer Peter Morgan “used a lot of artistic licence”.
In fact, the show’s creators did not even get in touch with him to ask what happened.
Describing the royal encounter in an interview with The Telegraph this year, Mr Fagan said: “I pulled back the curtain and she said, ‘What are you doing here?’
“She talks like me and you, normal. Well, I sound a bit common so maybe not like that. But very normal.”
After a short moment in which the intruder sat on the Queen’s bed, she told him “I’ll be back in a minute” and left the room.
He said: “She walked out on her little legs. Then a footman comes in and goes, ‘You look like you need a drink, mate.’”
While their conversation did not involve much political chat, Mr Fagan admitted that at the time of the break-in, he had been frustrated by his unemployment, which peaked in the mid-Eighties, and the break-down of his marriage.
He also said he was not a fan of Mrs Thatcher, saying: “A lot of people thought like that.
“She did a lot of damage to children. She was like Trump.”
It is also believed that drugs and alcohol may have had an effect on his decision to break in.
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