UK police investigate guard’s gunfire outside William and Kate’s home
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are shown touring Tuvalu in September.
November 2nd, 2012
09:43 AM ET

UK police investigate guard’s gunfire outside William and Kate’s home

One of the guards for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge is having a moment of publicity he might like to forgo.

A protection officer believed to be guarding William and Kate’s cottage on the remote Welsh island of Anglesey unintentionally discharged a gun while in an unmarked police vehicle Wednesday afternoon, London’s Metropolitan Police said Friday.

The round damaged only the vehicle’s floor, and no one - including the two officers in the car - was injured, according to Scotland Yard.

The firing of the gun near royal property made homepage headlines on major UK news websites Friday. Buckingham Palace has not yet released a statement.

“As a matter of course, an internal inquiry is being carried out into the circumstances of the incident,” Metropolitan Police said.

The couple lives at the cottage on Anglesey, where William has been working as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot. It’s not clear whether either was home when the gun was fired.

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  1. NorCalMojo

    Isn't getting drunk and shooting guns what being an aristocrat is all about?

    November 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      that was a guard, not an aristocrat.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. outawork

    To get away from the election coverage.....

    November 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Is this the new version of the National Enquirer?

    November 3, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. TheGreenMan

    A car gets a hole made in its floor? Wow, Anglesey has never had such excitement since the Druids departed that backwater several thousand years ago.

    November 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lol

    Oh no, not the royals! This is unacceptable! Accidents can NOT happen.

    November 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. alumette

    not acceptable to have a gun misfire. Suck that guy. He is not fit and cannot be trusted.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. unowhoitsme

    Big was an accident. Why is this news?

    November 4, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • don'tbeleiveitall

      seriously?! Why is this news?

      November 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Motorick

    Howl could this have happened?! There should be an immediate inquiry and hopefully all hand guns will be banned in the UK. (/sarcasm off)

    November 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Original LePhantom

    My, my, we can't have the tranquility of this darling royal couple broken. Anyway, I would guess that Barney Fife, Jr. is looking for a job. Then, maybe they have unloaded his weapon and given him a bullet to carry in his pocket.

    November 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nick

    I'm surprised the brits even allow their officers to have firearms. Them being so anti gun and all. But then again a typical hypocritical society, allow idiot officers to shoot holes in the floor, but sane, intelligent citizens aren't allow to own them to protect themselves.

    November 5, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    Well, if neither were there then what were 3 of the security detail doing there? Crikeye

    November 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. connie

    these "royals" are about as important and interesting as u.s. reality tv "stars"...NOT!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
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