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.

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Bill D.

    If you follow gun safety rules, that never would have happened. That guard should not be allowed to handle a firearm until he completes a strict firearms safety course.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suckleberry

      You sir, are a dumba$$. What if it was a firing pin failure? You are talking about highly trained ex-military personnel here.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrettinMN

      Suckleberry: A "firing pin failure"? Really?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gerry

    In theUK any guard/policeman accidentally dischaging a weapon is usually not permitted to handle firearms again. He would normally be put on other duties that would not involve the handling of firearms.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    Again a headline to grab attention and give a false impresion you think the worst and making you click on the headline.. only to see that ( although serious ) it was an accidental discharge of a firearm... so not "gunfire" as i a shoot out but a mistak.e Guess that headline isn't so sensational and dramatic is it sky??

    November 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hide Behind

    In the land of equality, where Royalty is above mere mortals and mortals do not and cannot be trusted with fire arms, there exist Laws with exemptions.
    One such group of laws applys to lesser subjects ,gun laws,but for some, those granted Coat of Arms,here are no restrictions.
    Where the Church of Englands head is the Royal Monarch and will always be white, yet the say they are multi racial and cultural.
    How mysterious how memes become facts and the minds of the nations Betters will keep it that way.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. are122

    Wow! I bet that caused someone there to make a royal flush!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    When I hear of a gun being "unintensionally" shot, I always think of Don Knotts, as Barney Fife. lol Whoa, watch out! lol

    November 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    Maybe there was a squirrel in the car.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      YIKES! lol

      November 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Maybe the trunk monkey was making a grab for his lunch.

      Shooting a gun in a car will make your ears ring a bit. 😉

      November 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Guest

    Another example of the failed policies of the Obama administration.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      If I may be so bold, I would think this is actually the failed policies of Queen Victoria.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tutuvabene

    Playing with his pistol.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the Colonel

    All right, I was hoping we could have a serious discussion about this story, but most of these comments are silly. Very silly indeed. Now I enjoy a good laugh as much as anyone. Except banasy. And saywhat. And Scottish Mama. Actually, most people enjoy a good laugh more than me, but that's not the point.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. OMG!

    OMG, a gun just went off in Newfoundland Canada during the hunting season, it's not known if the Roylas were at home in their cottage in England at the time ...... someone better prosecute the person that did it !

    November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yup

    Guess we know what Cheney is up to these days.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Q Public

    This is news why?

    November 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • octopus

      what do you think?

      November 3, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. ltcoljpm

    Typical media dramatization of guns...headline: 'GUN goes off' sounds like it went off itself. The article later mentions that OF COURSE someone pulled the trigger.
    It's headlines like that, that make many liberals believe that guns are evil...because the go off all the time...or decide to kill some humans...

    November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      Yeah, the whole spin on this sounds strikingly similar to CNN coverage last week when one of their reporters, either Cooper or Morgan, were talking to the respective governors of states with shootings, one was CO and the other I believe MI. The "reporter" tried to spin it to get them to say we need gun control, and was completely surprised when even the Dem governor said that's nonsense, the people are sick and the fix starts in the home. Even Dems realize a Police State like CNN (and O'Donnell over at MSLSD) wants is NOT the answer.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Nah, guns aren't inherently evil; it's the stupid mofo's pulling the trigger that are.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • louitje

      i don't get your reasoning. probably because the lack thereof.

      November 3, 2012 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      nope. The stupid people who handle the guns are responsible; not the guns themselves.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peter

    People just love to blame a weapon for their own misuse of it. A modern fire arm will NOT self discharge on it's own.. the idiot simply put his booger hook on the bang switch and negligently fired it.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
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