Robbie Williams: I Smoked a Joint in Buckingham Palace

By McCarton Ackerman 02/13/17

The outspoken pop star confessed to toking up before performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012. 

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams went well above the traditional tourist experience of visiting Buckingham Palace by smoking marijuana inside the building.

The Sun reported that the 43-year-old pop star smoked up in June 2012 when he performed for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. Denying reports that he got sick inside of the royal building, he recently told the tabloid, “Threw up in Buckingham Palace? No. I smoked a spliff in Buckingham Palace.”

But Williams wouldn’t be the first iconic Brit to use illicit drugs inside of the landmark. John Lennon previously admitted that before receiving their MBE medals (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from the Queen in 1965, the Beatles were “giggling like crazy because we had just smoked a joint in the loos of Buckingham Palace.”

English comedian and actor Stephen Fry revealed in his 2014 autobiography, More Fool Me, that he took cocaine in several historic locations including Buckingham Palace, the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Fry wrote that he brought "gorgeous palaces, noble properties and elegant honest establishments into squalid disrepute. I take this opportunity to apologize unreservedly to the owners, managers or representatives of the noble and ignoble premises above and to the hundreds of private homes, offices, car dashboards, tables, mantlepieces and available polished surfaces that could so easily have been added to this list of shame.”

Despite not having touched alcohol for more than 16 years, Williams told the Daily Mirror in 2013 that he still occasionally smokes marijuana and had gotten high two days before the interview.

"No big drug sessions ... Just a small amount, purely to relax. I'm allowed to go crazy once in a while, just as long as I don't lose control," said Williams. "I have to be there to take care of my daughter, right? That is the good thing - by putting responsibility on my shoulders, she is also taking care of me."

The singer told The Sun last October that he is occasionally tempted to use ecstasy, but has refrained from doing so. Williams has also returned to therapy in order to manage his depression and anxiety, telling the tabloid that “depression is a lifelong thing and I know I can still work and still pull it off, even though I'll be feeling low. So I'm as kind to myself as possible.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.