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Royal chauffeur suspended over security lapse

Buckingham Palace says a chauffeur has been suspended over allegations he gave undercover reporters a tour of Queen Elizabeth II's cars and other  areas of the palace in exchange for money.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Buckingham Palace says a chauffeur has been suspended over allegations he gave undercover reporters a tour of Queen Elizabeth II's cars and other sensitive areas of the palace in exchange for money.

London police say they are examining the allegations and holding talks on security with palace staff. The palace announced the suspension Sunday.

The News of the World tabloid says two of its reporters pretending to be wealthy Middle East businessmen were let into secure areas of Buckingham Palace and allowed to sit inside Bentleys used by the royal family.

The newspaper says it paid the chauffeur 1,000 pounds ($1,588) for a tour inside the palace.

Royal palaces are guarded by police, who usually demand to see security documents to allow people access.