A few years ago, Michelle Obama placed her hand on the royal back. Now Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has suffered another indignity: A namedropping reporter has revealed to the world that the monarch confessed to being "pretty upset" that an incendiary Islamic holy man was living unmolested in her kingdom.
Frank Gardner, a national security correspondent for the BBC, disclosed Tuesday that years ago, the queen had complained that police hadn't arrested Abu Hamza Masri, an Egyptian cleric who preached jihadist sermons at a North London mosque. Masri was in the news this week because a European court affirmed that he could be extradited to the United States, where he faces charges that he tried to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon.
The BBC statement, issued after Gardner blew the queen’s cover in a radio broadcast, gives new meaning to the word "abject":
"This morning on the Today programme our correspondent Frank Gardner revealed details of a private conversation which took place some years ago with the Queen. The conversation should have remained private and the BBC and Frank deeply regret this breach of confidence. It was wholly inappropriate. Frank is extremely sorry for the embarrassment caused and has apologized to the Palace."