Hotel in Cornwall Blends Arthurian Lore With QAnon Conspiracies

And it gets weirder from there

Camelot Hotel Tintagel, Cornwall, UK
Camelot Hotel Tintagel, Cornwall, UK.
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When visiting Cornwall, you might wish to take in stunning views of the ocean and a beautiful pastoral landscape. There are numerous historical sites to explore, games of shinty to watch and breweries to sample. And, depending on your choice of hotel, you might end up with conspiracy theory literature left in your room. It’s not hard to figure out which one, however — if you see a giant flag with the QAnon symbol emblazoned on it, you’ve come to the right place. Or the wrong place, depending.

At Air Mail, Emma Yeomans, Tom Ball and Andrew Ellson explored the strange case of Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel, which is both King Arthur-themed and features a very noticeable “Q” flag outside. Mappin himself has said that the flag was raised “to highlight emerging freedom-related phenomena that we predicted would become part of the narrative.”

Mappin is the heir to a prominent jewelry business. He also made a sizable amount of money betting on Donald Trump’s victory in 2016; he is described in the article as “a Scientologist and soft porn actor.” All that, and he’s a prominent advocate of QAnon as well.

Yeomans, Ball and Ellson write that guests who have stayed at Camelot Castle Hotel have said that “the owner left conspiracy theory material in their bedrooms.” One guest offered more specifics, telling Air Mail that “a magazine left on her bed claimed that Mr Mappin had developed a technology to prevent war.”

For his part, Mappin has denied leaving anything in guests’ rooms. The entire situation is deeply surreal and — as the Capitol breach demonstrates — more than a little alarming. When Arthurian myth combines with several strains of conspiracy theorizing, there’s little good that can come of it.

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