Queen 'upset' about police eating Palace nuts

The Queen was "upset" about police officers eating nuts left out at Buckingham Palace, the trial into alleged phone hacking at the News of the World has heard.

File photo of police officers outside Buckingham Palace in 2010. Credit: PA

Officers "irritated" the monarch by eating all the Palace snacks, and a memo was sent telling them to "keep their sticky fingers out", according to an email sent by Clive Goodman, former royal editor at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid newspaper.

"Problem is that police on patrol eat the lot... memo now gone around to all palace cops telling them to keep their sticky fingers out," Mr Goodman wrote in the email, which he sent to himself and to former NotW editor Andy Coulson, the Old Bailey heard.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told the jury that the Queen was "upset" about the behaviour of the officers, according to Goodman's email.

"Apparently they were helping themselves to nuts," the barrister said. "They were all being scoffed by police. That irritated Her Majesty apparently."