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Buckingham Palace drawn into scandal over ‘paedophile ring’

Mother’s distress over son’s plan to go from royal kitchens to Peter Hayman in Canada

By Mark Watts and Mark Conrad | 29 November 2014

Buckingham Palace drawn into scandal over ‘paedophile ring’Confidential files at the Home Office draw Buckingham Palace into the unfolding scandal of a paedophile network within the UK’s establishment.


Exaro can reveal that details of the files were uncovered during a review by the Home Office last year of information that the department received between 1979 and 1999 about the organised sexual abuse of children.

An unidentified investigator from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) uncovered the file at the Home Office about “paedophilia at Buckingham Palace”. It records the complaint of a mother who believed that her 16-year-old boy was groomed and sexually abused by men at Buckingham Palace while he worked there on the kitchen staff. At the time, he was below the age of consent for homosexual sex.

A family friend told Exaro: “Things were okay when he first joined the palace staff. After a few months, things started to turn a little strange.”

After what the source described as an “incident” at Balmoral, the royal family’s Scottish home, the boy’s parents were told by a close friend who also worked at Buckingham Palace that their son was being sexually abused there.

“They got wind of this after an incident at Balmoral, when he screamed in the night.” The “concerned” friend who worked for the royals told the parents at the time that “this was something that you should have nothing to do with,” according to the source.

Exaro has established that Sir Peter Hayman, the paedophile with royal links, asked the 16-year-old to work for him as a footman in Canada. Hayman was then high commissioner to Canada.

The parents never found out how Hayman knew their son.

Hayman wrote to them about taking on their son as a footman, adding that he would need winter clothes, according to the family friend.

“They knew that there was something wrong,” said the source.

So concerned were the parents by Hayman’s approach that they intervened to stop their son working for him, the family friend explained.

The parents and their son declined to comment to Exaro.

Hayman, who died in 1992, has been identified as one of many VIPs who sexually abused boys.

A powerful figure in the UK’s establishment, Hayman rose to become deputy director of the Secret Intelligence Service, which is better known as MI6.

In 1981, Geoffrey Dickens, the late Conservative MP, named Hayman in Parliament as a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which promoted sex with children.

The uncovered files link Buckingham Palace to a paedophile network of MPs and powerful figures that operated over many years in the UK. Palace officials have already been linked to the notorious paedophile brothel, Elm Guest House in south-west London.

Dickens raised the mother’s concerns about Buckingham Palace in 1983 with the then home secretary, Sir Leon, now Lord, Brittan.

Details of the case are contained in the interim report of the Home Office’s review, which was compiled in April last year but not published at the time.

They are buried in one of 10 annexes published earlier this month along with a further review led by Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, the children’s charity. They were overlooked in the media coverage at the time.

Exaro today reveals details of the files that embroil Buckingham Palace in claims of paedophilia.

It comes after Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP, paid tribute to Exaro on Thursday for sparking the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse.

During a debate about the inquiry, he praised two campaigning Labour MPs, Tom Watson and Simon Danczuk, “and above all to the extraordinary work by the investigative journalists at Exaro, and David Hencke in particular.

“This is an organisation that has really led the campaign on so many fronts, and I know that the mainstream Press which has been so slow to pick up on what is really happening in this scandal, has become heavily dependent, and rightly so, on Exaro.”

“They are absolutely crucial.”

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