Jaswant Singh Chail entered the grounds of Windsor Castle armed. His family is appalled at the 19-year-old's alleged plan to murder the Queen.

In a video, 19-year-old Jaswant Singh Chail threatened to kill the Queen.

That's what it's about

  • A 19-year-old arrested on the grounds of Windsor Castle is said to have plotted murder against Queen Elizabeth II.

  • He comes from a middle-class family in the south of England.

  • An expert explains why the security forces reacted quickly to Chail's presence.

On Christmas Day, 19-year-old Jaswant Singh Chail climbed the wall of the Queen's residence at Windsor Castle using a rope ladder. He was armed with a crossbow and had one goal: to assassinate Elizabeth II. His father Jasbir Singh Chail is desperate: “Something went terribly wrong with our son and we are trying to find out what.”

The family from the southern English city of Southampton said they have not yet had the opportunity to speak to the arrested son. Father Jasbir Singh Chail is just about to “get him the help he needs”, as he told the Daily Mail. Son Jaswant could not even be questioned by the police: after a psychiatric assessment he was forcibly committed to a psychiatric facility.

A comfortable life, a loving family.

p>The Chails live in their own house around 130 kilometers southwest of the capital London. The 57-year-old family man is a software engineer; he and his 51-year-old wife run their own company at home. A 19-year-old sister of Jaswant Singh Chail is said to live in the same house. According to the Daily Mail, the son grew up in a comfortable and loving environment.

Scotland Yard ransacked the four bedroom family home after the incident. A neighbor told the “Sun”: “There was great excitement when the police came. That worried us a little, especially since it was Christmas Day. The police didn't leave the house until late at night. ” He doesn't know much about the Chail family, only that they always behaved discreetly and calmly.

500 meters from the Queen's private apartments

What led Jaswant Singh Chail to his disturbed appearance is a mystery to everyone: The Windsor intruder had previously sent a video to friends via Snapchat in which he showed himself masked and fiddled with a crossbow – the weapon he later used with his Arrested 500 meters from the Queen's private quarters.

The figure in the video gives her full name with a computer-distorted voice. “I'm sorry for what I did and what I'm going to do,” says 19-year-old Chail. “I'll try to assassinate Elizabeth, Queen of the Royal Family.” His motive: retaliation. He is taking revenge for those who were killed, humiliated and discriminated against because of their origin, as well as for those who died in the Amritsar massacre in 1919. At that time, British colonial troops opened fire on demonstrators in the Indian city of Amritsar, killing hundreds. He is an Indian Sikh, says the masked man in the clip.

Security measures worked

The incident is once again fueling the debate over the safety of the head of state and the royal family in the UK. However, the police made it clear from the start that the intruder had not entered a building. You could “not turn the royal residences into prisons,” said Dai Davies, former head of royal protection at Scotland Yard to “Daily Mail”. The protection of the royal family is “like an onion, there are several levels”.

Chail would have “had to overcome a host of other obstacles before he ever got anywhere near a member of the royal family,” says Davies. As disturbing as the incident was, the security precautions had worked. Chail was recorded by video surveillance and arrested at the first possible opportunity.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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