Buckingham Palace police are cracking down on apps like Grindr, saying it could comprimise the security of Queen Elizabeth II.
They say the number of unexpected guests staying overnight at St James’s Palace and the Royal Mews has got out of control, many of them appearing to online hookups.
Security are now believed to have had words with many of the Queen’s 800+ staff, which include butlers, bodyguards and kitchen staff, about using the apps.
While they are not allowed to bring guests into Buckingham Palace itself, they are allowed to sign them in and out of their private living quarters.
Former head of royal protection Chief Superintendant Dai Davis has described it as a ‘complete mockery of the security structure’.
‘There are real and serious security concerns at Buckingham Palace about members of staff use of dating apps,’ a security source told the Daily Mail.
‘The palace police are particularly unhappy about the number of guests of servants staying overnight, especially when they may have only just met.’
A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment, saying they never discussed security matters. One official, however, explained there is a ‘clear internal policy, advising staff as to rules on guest access’.