– BBC spokesman
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 apologised to the Palace."
The BBC has apologised for revealing the Queen raised concerns with ministers about the radical cleric Abu Hamza. Its security correspondent reported that she was upset over the British authorities' inability to arrest him.