The Ministry of Defence is investigating after a member of the Queen’s guards was filmed allegedly snorting what appears to be a line of powder off a ceremonial sword.
The exclusive footage, obtained by the Sun, is said to have been filmed last Monday evening while Coldstream Guards’ Major James Coleby was on duty inside St James’ Palace, home to Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.
The 30-second video was reportedly taken by Lieutenant Charles McLean, who later posted it to a personnel messaging service by accident.
It begins with Captain Alex Ritchie, 27, leaning over the sword and appearing to chop up a substance with a plastic card.
He asks Major Coleby: “How much? Two inches? You want two inches of that? If you get rid of that I’ll be mightily impressed.”
The newspaper said all three men were on guard duty at the time.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman told The Huffington Post UK: “The Army expects all personnel to stick to its high standards and any found to fall short are disciplined robustly. An investigation is underway.”
Major Coleby, 41, was in charge of 15 men at the time of the incident, tasked with responding to any royal security breaches.
A source told the newspaper: “What if terrorists had struck? They were supposed to be protecting the Royals but one of them snorted lines of who knows what.”