Certain members of the Queen’s staff are letting unvetted visitors into their living quarters, and while this is nothing new, the way in which it’s happening is.
The Daily Mail‘s Rebecca English reports that many members of Her Majesty’s 800 + staff are using dating apps like Tinder and Grnder, which use GPS locators to find local matches.
Most of the live-staff who reside at either St. James’s Palace or the Royal Mews are allowed to sign in overnight guests. Security is growing increasingly concerned that many guests are admitted without proper vetting.
“There are real and serious security concerns at Buckingham Palace about members of staff use of dating apps such as Tinder, which can be rather sleazy,” a source told English. “The palace police are particularly unhappy about the number of guests of servants staying overnight, especially when they may have only just met on Tinder.
“It is a security nightmare, especially in the current climate,” the source added. “The guests are allowed to stay at St James’s Palace but some have complained that when they leave they get asked ‘a million questions’ by officers. But police say they are only doing their job.”
As someone on Twitter mentioned, these people have “needs,” and apparently this funny business is nothing new.
“Historically this has always been a problem, even when I was in charge way before the introduction of these so-called dating apps,” former head of royal protection, Chief Superintendent Dai Davies told English.
This story is just…I want to know what Prince Philip makes of the whole ordeal.