The Queen of England Elizabeth II has put the kibosh on online hookups for her 800 plus staff members, instructing Buckingham Palace police to put an end to overnight guests, especially those they'd just met.
Gay Star News reports the Queen's butlers, bodyguards and kitchen staff have been given a stern talking-to about using online hookup apps.
While they're not allowed to bring guests into Buckingham Palace, they are permitted to sign them into their private living quarters, with an unnamed official point towards a "clear internal policy, advising staff as to rules of guest access." But former head of royal protection Chief Superintendent Dai Davis described it as "a complete mockery of the security structure."
Logo TV's Dan Avery notes that the issues aren't just for gay hookups, but also for straight staff members using Tinder, as they were the "Achilles heel" of royal security.
"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 security source told The Daily Mail. "It is a security nightmare, especially in the current climate. 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."
Davies added overnight guests had historically been a problem even before the introduction of dating apps.
He noted, "if members of staff lived in certain quarters such as the Royal Mews and Kensington Palace, which have single sex and married quarters, they were, and I presume still are, permitted to bring back unvetted guests. Often these guests were total strangers. It makes a complete mockery of the security structure, unfortunately."
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