Take your sticky fingers off my nuts, Queen told Palace detectives

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The Queen was “upset” about police officers eating nuts left out at Buckingham Palace, the trial into alleged phone hacking at the News of the World (NotW) has heard.

She was “irritated” by officers eating the snacks, according to an email sent by Clive Goodman, former royal editor at the now defunct Sunday tabloid newspaper.

A memo was sent to palace officers, telling them to “keep their sticky fingers out”, the Old Bailey heard.

In the email to former NotW editor Andy Coulson, which Mr Goodman had sent to himself, he wrote: “Problem is that police on patrol eat the lot... memo now gone around to all palace cops telling them to keep their sticky fingers out.”

Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told the jury that the Queen was “upset” about the behaviour of the officers, according to Goodman’s email. “Apparently they were helping themselves to nuts,” the barrister said. “They were all being scoffed by police. That irritated Her Majesty apparently.”

In the email sent in March 2005, Goodman claimed he knew the printer doing the order of service for the Prince of Wales’s wedding to the Duchess of Cornwall and had a man checking out the wedding invitations, the jury was told.

“Only person to accept so far is Tony Blair,” he wrote.

Goodman, 56, from Addlestone, Surrey, is charged with former spin doctor Coulson, 45, from Charing, Kent, with conspiring to commit misconduct in public office.

The trial continues.