Red-haired man guilty of plot to put Prince Harry on throne

Would-be hitman fantasised about shooting Prince Charles

 Mark Colborne, a red-head, wanted to shoot  Prince Charles so Harry (above) could be king. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Mark Colborne, a red-head, wanted to shoot Prince Charles so Harry (above) could be king. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images


A red-haired man who fantasised about shooting Prince Charles so Harry could be king has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack “for the Aryan people”.

Mark Colborne (37) likened himself to Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik and made notes in his diary of his plan to assassinate the royal heir with a high-powered sniper rifle.

He bought the ingredients for cyanide over the internet, and stockpiled dust masks, metal filter funnels, plastic syringes and latex gloves, jurors were told.

Colborne was caught after his half-brother uncovered chemicals and papers detailing his racial hatred stashed in his bedroom at the family home in Southampton.

Following a retrial at the Old Bailey, he was found guilty by a majority of preparing terrorist acts before his arrest on June 3rd last year.

The jury convicted him on the basis that Colborne possessed handwritten notes copied from internet sources such as “The Terrorist Handbook”, “The Complete Improvised Kitchen” and “The Jolly Roger Cookbook” about the production of viable explosives.

They also agreed that he had books with titles including “Assorted Nasties”, “Silent Death” and “The Poor Man’s James Bond”, which contained recipes for the production and delivery systems of lethal poisons such as cyanide.

However, the jury rejected aspects of the allegations that he intended to use the chemicals and paraphernalia as part of the terror plot.

As Judge John Bevan QC, adjourned sentencing to November 3rd, he commented that it was a “very strange” case involving a “very strange person”.

The court heard Colborne felt alienated and marginalised for being a white, red-haired, man and also suffering from agoraphobia and depression.

In his notebook, he wrote: “I don’t want to be a serial killer. I’m more of an Anders Breivik. I have left potential targets open.

“I was waiting for an opportunity to kill one of them. Let it be Prince Charles which would be good.”

He went on to state that he wanted a “silent rifle”, adding: “Take up a good position and put a bullet in Charles’s head.

“He is protected but not too protected. I would sacrifice my life for that one shot. Kill Charles and William and Harry become king. Kill the tyrants.”

On June 3rd last year, Colborne’s half-brother Kevin came across some receipts for chemicals. He became concerned to learn that they included chemicals that could be used for fireworks and told their mother Patricia what he had found.

Together, they went into Colborne’s “extremely cluttered” bedroom and uncovered an assortment of chemicals, the books and other equipment and called the police.– (PA)