BBC correspondent breaches Queen's confidence


There is no denying that a certain trend has been discernible lately as to what stories have frequented the headlines. Tales involving allegations of privacy breaches and the royal family have been on the front of most newspapers and tabloids both here and abroad.

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge were recently on the receiving end of unwanted media attention when photographs that had been taken in secret, on two separate occasions, were published of them. The Queen is now the latest victim.

Talk with reporter revealed

Earlier this week the suspected terrorist Abu Hamza al-Masri, together with other claimants, lost their final appeal in the European Court of Human Rights. They sought a judgment prohibiting the UK from extraditing them to the United States.

However, the court ruled that they could be extradited, and the Home Office has said that the radical individuals will be put on a plane across the Atlantic as soon as possible.

The policy of Buckingham Palace is to not comment on any political or legal issues. However, earlier this week, the BBC's security correspondent, Frank Gardner, revealed parts of a private conversation between himself and the Queen whilst appearing on a radio show.

Perhaps this is nothing particularly unordinary in itself, but Gardner disclosed that the Queen had raised concerns regarding why Hamsa had not been arrested.

Apology and no comment

The BBC and Gardner have apologised. The BBC said that it had not been its intention to disclose a conversation of such a private nature, and that Gardner had never meant to misuse the trust placed in him by the Queen.

"The conversation should have remained private and the BBC and Frank deeply regret this breach of confidence. It was wholly inappropriate. Frank is extremely sorry for the embarrassment caused and has apologised to the Palace" said a spokesperson.

Buckingham Palace has chosen not to comment on the matter.

In relation to the two separate incidents involving Prince Harry and Princess Kate, there has been controversy relating to whether the images should have been published. However, this reaction has not been repeated in relation to the conversation with the Queen.

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