Horror at Kensington Palace as body found in pond ‘but police tell wrong family’


A woman’s body has been found in an ornamental lake outside Kensington Palace and police are accused of telling the wrong family they are their loved ones.The grim discovery in Round Pond, near the home of Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children, took place on August 29 as police and paramedics were called to Kensington Gardens in west London.

Officers still have not confirmed the identity of the woman, who was pronounced dead after being retrieved from the water.

The family of artist Endellion Lycett Green, granddaughter of former poet laureate Sir John Betjeman, claim they were falsely told the body was theirs in a case of mistaken identity, it has been reported.

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The tourist entrance to Kensington Palace faces the pond

Affectionately known as Delli by her family, Ms Lycett Green, 51, had been missing for a week and the Metropolitan Police had issued a public appeal for help, telling Twitter followers on August 31: “Police is still looking for Endellion Nagel, also known as Endellion Lycett. -Green. ”

The force said she was known to visit Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Green Park, and “has a strong interest in art and therefore can frequent galleries in these areas.”

Her family were told the body was theirs, leaving them devastated, only for her to be found alive this week and the corpse to be someone else’s, the Daily Mail reported.

According to the newspaper, her brother John Lycett Green told friends: “My sister Endellion is alive, safe and healthy.

“Thank you all for the support and love you have shown Delli and his family.

“Sorry to all of you who, like us, were crying for the wonder that is Delli.”

“We were told that a body had been found and that it was her.

“It wasn’t, and Delli was found last night. “

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children live at Kensington Palace

He added: “RIP the soul that was found at Kensington Round Pond on Saturday morning. ”

Ms Lycett Green is reportedly friends with Samantha Cameron, wife of former Prime Minister David Cameron, and actor Dominic West, who starred in The Wire and The Affair.

She lives in Wiltshire with her husband and their two children, it is reported.

Met Police are still trying to identify the woman whose body was recovered from the pond, which is up to 16 feet deep and was created by George II in 1730.

A spokesperson said Ms Lycett Green’s family had been contacted “in connection with investigations aimed at establishing the identity of the deceased”.

A spokesperson told Mirror Online: “Police were called to Kensington Gardens W2 at 7:09 am on Saturday August 29 to report concerns for the safety of a woman.

“The officers and the London ambulance service came and found a woman unresponsive.

“The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The death is treated as unexplained at this time, but is not considered suspicious.

“A post mortem examination will take place in due course.

“Investigations are underway to establish the identity of the deceased. ”

It is not known if any members of the royal family were at the house when the woman’s body was discovered.

The Cambridges live in an apartment in Kensington Palace and were attending a socially distant family reunion with the Queen at Balmoral on August 29.

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank live at Ivy Cottage on the Palace grounds.


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