Buckingham Palace staff using dating apps like Tinder to bring partners back has triggered security fears at the royal residence.
The Daily Mail quotes sources from police guarding the palace, who are “deeply concerned” about the use of such dating apps.
Staff at the palace are not permitted to bring guests into Buckingham Palace, but are allowed to sign-in visitors to their living quarters, sparking fears that unvetted people are entering the residence.
The source said: “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.
“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 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.”
Former commander of royal protection, Chief Superintendent Dai Davies, said such problems have “historically” always been a problem, but the rise of dating apps like Tinder means that security are even more worried.
“If members of staff lived in certain quarters such as the Royal Mews and Kensington Palace, which have both single sex and married quarters, they were, and I presume still are, permitted to bring back unvetted guests,” Davies said.
“Often these guests were total strangers. It makes a complete mockery of the security structure, unfortunately.’