Convicted torturer got within feet of Prince George in huge security breach as Prince William and Katie Middleton launch investigation

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A CONVICTED torturer was allowed to get within feet of Prince George in a massive security breach uncovered by The Sun.

The royal family launched an investigation after we told them driver Darren Benjamin, 40, was allowed into Kensington Palace.

Convicted torturer Darren Benjamin, 40, was jailed for seven years in 2008 
Convicted torturer Darren Benjamin, 40, was jailed for seven years in 2008
The violent criminal was allowed within feet of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (not pictured)
The violent criminal was allowed within feet of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis
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Worried Prince William has demanded to know how a convicted torturer got within feet of his three young children.

Wills and Kate are said to be “concerned” he got so close.

Benjamin, who was caged for a brutal attack, later boasted to pals about seeing George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in the courtyard.

‘ POTENTIALLY DEADLY OVERSIGHT’

He even told them how “pleasant” the future king was.

The violent criminal was jailed for seven years in 2008 for his part in a torture plot where an innocent man had boiling water poured down his back.

But he was allowed to deliver furniture to Kensington Palace on July 14 in his role as a driver for an independent company.

He said he was greeted by George, seven, Charlotte, four, and Louis, one, who were in the courtyard with their nanny Maria Teresa Borrallo.

Prince William has demanded to know how the fiend got so close to his three young children
Prince William has demanded to know how the fiend got so close to his three young children
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Darren Benjamin boasted to friends about coming close to the royal children and even told them how'pleasant' George was
Darren Benjamin is thought to have boasted to friends about coming close to the royal children
The major security breach at Kensington palace was uncovered by The Sun
The major security breach at Kensington Palace was uncovered by The Sun
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CLOSENESS TO CHILDREN ‘CHILLING’

A source said: “This is the type of potentially deadly security oversight that simply cannot be allowed to happen.

“Darren is a violent criminal who was jailed for the most brutal type of torture.

“It’s chilling as he has been boasting to friends about just how close he came to our future king and the other Cambridge children.

“His friends were shocked that he was able to get into the Palace and within touching distance of royalty given his past.”

On Sunday night a senior royal insider said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are “concerned” he got near their children with no extra protection provided.

They said: “The Duke has been informed and is obviously taking a close interest into what happened.

“He strongly believes criminals deserve a second chance once they have served their time, but is concerned current security policies might not be strong enough.

“It’s very important we know who is coming into the Palace.”

Staff are said to be shocked by the lack of detailed background checks by the royals’ large security operation.

SUN TIP-OFF PROBE

Buckingham Palace immediately launched a high-level investigation after we alerted them.

A Palace aide said on Sunday night: “As soon as it was brought to our attention an urgent security review was launched to check the current systems and procedures are appropriate.

“Pending the outcome there will be a refined level of risk assessment for those entering.”

Benjamin, of Harlesden, North West London, was part of a four-strong gang in ski masks who tortured innocent Anthony Powell. They tied and gagged him after pouncing as he put the bins out at his Wolverhampton home. The men put a knife to the victim’s throat and stabbed him in the leg as they grilled him about a BMW Z4.

Wolverhampton crown court was told he “knew nothing about” the vehicle — but “despite his protests, they poured scalding water along his back”.

Recorder Peter Cooke told them: “This man was tortured in his own home. When you finished you left him tied up and as he struggled free he left a trail of blood around the house.”

It is believed Benjamin was unemployed before landing the delivery job. His is the second royal security scare in weeks.

The Sun says

WHAT is going on with royal security?

Twice in the past month The Sun has revealed shocking lapses that have left members of The Firm in potential danger.

No parent would want their children to come face to face with a hardened criminal, and the Duke of Cambridge is no different.

Kensington Palace has rightly stepped up security in the aftermath of the jaw-dropping incident and will be changing the rules on who can and cannot waltz into the courtyard.

Good. This can’t happen again.


Earlier this month we told how a man, 22, scaled the fence of Buckingham Palace at 2am while the Queen slept just feet away.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said on Sunday night: “All deliveries to the royal estates operate under strict guidelines.

“This involves admittance of known consignments only, ID check on entry and escorting, at all times, of the driver and vehicle. All deliveries are completed with oversight from police officers and security staff.”

Kate Middleton with George, Charlotte and little Louis at the polo
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Kate Middleton with George, Charlotte and little Louis at the polo[/caption]

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the children at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier in the year
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the children at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier in the year[/caption]

Royal nanny Maria Teresa Borrallo looks after the Cambridges' three children
Royal nanny Maria Teresa Borrallo was with all three children at the time
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