Remains of Royal Family fanatic unearthed near palace

Gaby Leslie

The bones of a Royal Family fanatic were unearthed on a hidden island with views of Buckingham Palace, it has been revealed.

An inquest heard how the remains of American citizen Robert James Moore were discovered in March this year by a tree surgeon working in St James Park.

The 69-year-old, who had a history of mental health problems, sent hundreds of bizarre packages to the Queen – including pornographic images and 600-page letters.

According to coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox, the spot in St James Park offered “an excellent, unimpeded view of the palace”.

The court was told how the only way to get onto the island in St James Park was by boat or swimming.

Pathologists believe the bones could have lain undiscovered for as long as three years after the troubled pensioner’s death.

There was no evidence of any trauma or injury in a post-mortem examination, but the age of the remains meant no cause of death was recorded.

The man, who was found with his passport on his skeletal remains with a bottle of vodka nearby attached to a piece of string, is thought to have arrived in the UK in 2007.

“He had a fixation with the Queen and the Royal Family, which takes us back to the place where he was discovered,” Detective Sergeant Mike West, from Marylebone Police Station, told Westminster Crown Court last Wednesday.

“You have actually stated that there would not be a better place to remain undiscovered with view of the Queen’s primary residence than the West Island.”

In the US, Moore landed himself in trouble with the police – with drink-driving and alcohol-related offences.

Detective Sergeant West added: “There was a green bottle attached to a belt attached to a safety pin attached to string.

“This was a new one to me, but after inquiries with our Homeless Persons Unit I was informed that street drinkers will do this so that if someone tries to remove the alcohol from them while they are asleep it will wake them up and they can fend off the person.”