BREAKING NEWS: The globe is rocked by a disturbing new report that revealed that Queen Elizabeth was very close to being killed in an assassination attempt. It happened during a diplomatic trip to New Zealand in 1981.

Daily Mail reported that as the Queen was paraded in front of New Zealanders, Christopher John Lewis, a 17-year-old local boy from Dunedin, took aim with a .22 rifle. The Queen had just stepped out of a Rolls-Royce to greet 3,500 well wishers when the gunshot rang out. The bullet flew just past her head, narrowly missing her.

Aside from a brief moment of distraction, the parade continued with the crowd unaware of what had just almost occurred. Lewis had become obsessed with exterminating the royal family and had come incredibly close to killing the British head of state.

After the shooting, New Zealand police launched a cover-up operation to disguise the seriousness of the event, a new investigation reveals. Former Dunedin police officer, Tom Lewis, who worked on the 1981 case, said that police tried to play down the the attack.

“You will never get a true file on that. It was reactivated, regurgitated, bits pulled off it, other false bits put on,” he said.

He added that then Prime Minister Robert Muldoon feared the Royals would not return to New Zealand if word got out about just how close the rogue teenager had come to killing the Queen. The officer explained that the gunman’s original statement was later destroyed in an official cover-up.

Murray Hanan, the would-be killer’s former lawyer, revealed that police decided not to charge the young man with treason, which carried the death penalty at the time, because they had received an order from “up top.” They thought it would draw undue attention to the event and cause deep embarrassment.

“The fact an attempted assassination of the Queen had taken place in New Zealand… it was too politically hot to handle. I think the government took the view that he is a bit nutty and has had a hard upbringing, so it won’t be too harsh,” Hanan said.

In a draft autobiography called “Last Words,” Lewis claimed that he had been visited by top brass from Wellington during the interrogation process who told him never to speak about the event. He also described how he was threatened by police in the manuscript, which he sent to US publishers Howling At The Moon Productions.

“If I was ever to mention the events surrounding my interviews of the organisation … they would make sure ‘I suffered a fate worse than death,'” he wrote.

Lewis ended up only being charged with possession of a firearm in a public place and discharging it. Two years later, Lewis tried to overpower a guard and escape from a psychiatric ward where he was being held in order to murder Prince Charles, who was visiting the country in April with the Princess Diana and their young son, William.

When the Queen returned to the nation in 1995, the New Zealand government sent the man on a tax-payer funded holiday to the Great Barrier Reef.

“I started to feel like royalty,” Lewis wrote in his memoir.

Lewis killed himself in Mt Eden Prisons in Auckland in 1997 at the age of 33 while he was awaiting the trial of a woman and the kidnapping of her child.

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