The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation after a Queen’s guard was allegedly filmed snorting a line of powder off a ceremonial sword inside St James’ Palace.
Coldstream Guards’ Major James Coleby was filmed allegedly sniffing the powder while on duty inside the Officers’ Mess last Monday.
A 30-second video obtained by The Sun was reportedly posted on a messaging service for personnel by mistake.
Major Coleby, 41, can reportedly be heard being asked: “How much? Two inches? You want two inches of that? If you get rid of that I’ll be mightily impressed.
The soldier then bends over the sword and appears to snort the substance while a woman can be heard shouting: “No, don’t do it, for the love of God!”
Major Coleby, who served Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, was reportedly the most senior member of staff on duty at the time, overseeing 15 men at St James’s Palace.
Colonel Richard Kemp, who led British troops in Afghanistan, believes the footage is “embarrassing” for the army.
He said: “This behaviour is both highly worrying and acutely embarrassing for the British Army. Officers are there to set an example.”
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The Army expects all personnel to stick to its high standards and any found to fall short are disciplined robustly.
“An investigation is underway.”
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