A SERVANT to the Queen has been jailed for stealing royal memorabilia from Buckingham Palace including signed photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Adamo Canto was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of theft at a hearing at Southwark crown court on Monday.
Adamo Canto was sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to three counts of theft Credit: Paul Edwards – The Sun
The Companion of the Order of the Bath medal, belonging to Sir Anthony Johnstone Burt, was reportedly listed on eBay for £350
Cops recovered a “significant quantity” of stolen items when they searched his quarters at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace, where the 37-year-old had been working as a catering assistant since 2015.
Some of the goods, worth between £10,000 and £100,000, including two prestigious medals were listed on eBay, prosecutor Simon Maughan said.
Canto admitted stealing items including signed photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a photo album of the banquet during President Trump’s state visit, which he sold for £1,500.
In November, the 37-year-old was charged with stealing two prestigious medals after allegedly swiping a Companion of the Order of the Bath gong and a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order medal.
The award, belonging to retired Navy vice-admiral Sir Anthony Johnstone-Burt, was reportedly listed on the auction website for £350.
The 62-year-old is currently the Queen’s Master of the Household — in charge of “below stairs” operations.
The second gong belongs to retired British Army officer Major General Matthew Sykes, 65.
The November hearing was told some 77 items were taken from the palace shop, while others were stolen from staff lockers, the linen room, the Royal Collection ticket office, the Queen’s Gallery shop and the Duke of York’s storeroom.
Canto was charged with the theft of two medalsCredit: TIKTOK/ADAM CANTO
Canto was also accused of taking other items from the Royal Household and Royal Shop.
These are said to include engraved glasses, picture frames bearing Prince Harry’s insignia and handcrafted Smythson stationery.
Canto, of Scarborough, North Yorks, is understood to have made regular posts on social media about visits to royal estates such as Balmoral and Sandringham.
He also boasted of his invitations to the 2018 weddings of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
The 37-year-old is a TikTok user and posted a video on the app of him pointing at Buckingham Palace behind him and is seen miming to the lyrics of Consider Yourself from Oliver Twist.
Dozens of videos show him dancing and entertaining himself during lockdown.
Photos of The Queen and Prince Philip are in the background.
A family member told The Sun: “It is just not like him to do anything like this.
“He has been working there at least six years and loves it.”
When approached, Buckingham Palace did not comment.
Canto admitted stealing signed photographs of Prince William and the Duchess of CambridgeCredit: PA:Press Association