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The Crown ‘used a lot of artistic licence’ says palace intruder Michael Fagan

Buckingham Palace intruder Michael Fagan has accused The Crown season 4 of using “a lot of artistic licence”.

In a famous incident that occurred in 1982, unemployed painter and decorator Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace by climbing the railings of the grounds and finding his way through an open window.

Fagan then made his way to the Queen’s bedroom and he and the monarch came face-to-face.

In an episode of the new season of Netflix’s royal drama The Crown, Fagan (played by Tom Brooke ) is depicted breaking into the Queen’s bedroom before then speaking to Her Majesty ( Olivia Colman ) about the harsh policies of the controversial Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher ( Gillian Anderson ).

However, Fagan himself has denied that events happened as they are depicted in the show, claiming that writer Peter Morgan “used a lot of artistic licence”, when speaking to The Telegraph.

It had initially been reported at the time that up to a half-hour conversation had occurred between the intruder and the Queen, with claims he even sat at the end of her bed, but now Fagan maintains that few words were exchanged.

Fagan revealed: “I pulled back the curtain and she said, ‘What are you doing here?’.”

He also claims that the Queen spoke “normally” and not in a manner that one would expect.

She is then said to have responded: “I’ll be back in a minute.”

The monarch is then described as having ran from the room before footman Paul Whybrew appeared and offered Fagan a drink of whiskey. The police then arrived to escort Fagan away.

Fagan also told the paper that writer Peter Morgan did not consult him in regards to the script and its depiction of the events.

Despite it being nearly 40 years since the event happened, Fagan says he still does not know why he broke into the Palace.

He has previously revealed that his encounter with the Queen was the second time he entered the palace and the first had seen him flee after being scared by a maid.

After the incident, Fagan spent three months in psychiatric care.

He now resides in Islington, north London, with partner Rhian and is now a great-grandfather.

The new season of The Crown, which arrives on Sunday, will focus primarily on both the Queen’s icy relationship with Margaret Thatcher and the strained marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales (Josh O’Connor) and Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin).

Also starring in the new episodes are Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Marion Bailey as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles, Stephen Boxer as Denis Thatcher, and Charles Dance as Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma.