It is nearly 500 years since Henry VIII resided at Hampton Court Palace. In that time, Hampton Court Palace has become known as one of the most haunted Places in Britain, but never before has anything truly suspicious been captured on film.
The mystery surfaced in 2003 at the 16th century Palace. On several occasions, security guards heard alarms ringing near an exhibition hall, indicating that fire doors had been opened. But on investigation they found the doors closed. Confused, they examined CCTV footage, and that is when it got spooky.
The cameras showed the heavy doors flying open for no apparent reason. When it happened a second time, they were astonished to see a figure in period dress appear on the screen and close the door. The doors opened a third time the next day, but the figure was not seen.
A palace guard said: "I was shocked when the camera footage showed an eerie figure in period dress in the doorway. It was incredibly spooky because the face just didn't look human. "My first reaction was that someone was having a laugh, so I asked my colleagues to take a look. We spoke to our costumed guides, but they don't own a costume like that worn by the figure. It is actually quite unnerving." An Australian tourist had also noted in the visitor book that she had seen a ghost near the exhibition area when the incident happened.
Dr Richard Wiseman, a psychologist and expert on haunting from the University of Hertfordshire, said: "If this is a ghost, it's one of the best images ever. What's good about it is that it's not ambiguous, it's clearly a solid figure, not blurry and not a reflection. Also, it is doing something that has an effect on the real world, closing a door. "The main thing is that this is a moving film which is much harder to fake."
Dr Wiseman, a sceptic when it comes to the supernatural, said it was possible that the figure was a hoax or an oddly dressed member of the public. "Of course, it may be a ghost that just doesn't like draughts," he said. The palace, in West London, has ruled out its guides as suspects because they do not enter that part of the building.
The restless spirit of the King's executed fifth wife Catherine Howard has also been reportedly seen by several visitors, sometimes uttering terrible cries.