A woman’s body has been found in a lake in front of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s home at Kensington Palace in west London.
The unidentified corpse was retrieved from the Round Pond, located a short walk from the Palace gates, after Metropolitan Police were called just after 7am local time on Saturday, August 29 reports Sky News.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and police say the death is not being treated as suspicious but that inquiries were ‘ongoing’ and a post-mortem examination will take place ‘in due course’.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their three young children, live inside the Palace but were reportedly visiting the Queen at Balmoral in Scotland on the day the grim discovery was made.
Newlyweds Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank also live on the grounds of Kensington Palace in a cottage however it’s not known if they were present when the body was found.
Initially, authorities thought the body belonged to poet laureate Sir John Betjeman’s grandaughter Endellion Lycett Green who had been missing for a week but she was later found alive, according to the Daily Mail.
Her brother John Lycett Green wrote: “My sister Endellion is alive, safe and well.
“Thank you all for the support and love you showed for Delli and her family.
“Sorry to all of you that, like us, were grieving for the wonder that is Delli. We were told a body was found and was her.
“It was not, and Delli was found last night.
“RIP the soul that was found in Kensington Round Pond on Saturday morning.”
Kensington Gardens, which includes the Palace and the Round Pond, is said to remain open to the public while police investigations continue.
Additional reporting by Jimmy Nsubuga.