On Christmas Day, Queen Elizabeth had a surprise guest at Windsor Castle — an intruder who apparently wanted her dead.
Fortunately, suspect Jaswant Singh Chail "was taken into custody and has undergone a mental health assessment — he has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and remains in the care of medical professionals," London's Metropolitan Police said on Sunday, December 26. "Enquiries into the full circumstances of this incident are being progressed by Metropolitan Police Specialist Operations."
Now, new details are emerging about the incident. In a Snapchat video, the 19-year-old supposedly sent an eerie message.
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, Queen of the Royal Family," he said.
Chail was 500 meters from Queen Elizabeth's private apartments, but Thames Valley Police Superintendent Rebecca Mears said he did not enter any buildings.
"The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon," Mears said. "We do not believe there is a wider danger to the public. He remains in custody at this time. We can confirm security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds."
It's been reported that Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, were all inside the castle as well since they were spending time with the Queen — her first holiday alone since Prince Philip died in April.
Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana's former bodyguard, said the Queen's security needs to be tightened following three other incidents this year.
“The Queen’s safety is clearly under threat," he said. “It’s often been thought that Windsor is particularly at risk to intruders due to the make-up of the estate and the severity of this event should really cause alarm bells to start ringing. This individual was caught in time but any system could always be beefed up as any other scenario could be tragic.”