We can safely assume Meghan Markle’s wedding planning process isn’t exactly what you’d call ordinary. What with all the staff, and the castle, and the 800 guests, and the father-in-law being next in line to the throne of Great Britain.
Oh, and don’t forget the mock hostage situation. There’s also that.
According to British newspaper, Daily Express, the 36-year-old former actor recently spent two days undergoing gruelling security training in order to prepare herself for threats she may face as a member of the Royal family. Including kidnapping.
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Gerald Moor, a former senior Army intelligence officer, told the outlet that the program, which is carried out by elite SAS operatives in Herefordshire countryside, is “devised to frighten the life out of anyone”.
“The men enact a kidnap situation, during which [Markle] will have been treated as a hostage, with the area being stormed by the SAS. She will also have been advised how to develop a relationship with her kidnappers, which is often far better than trying to escape,” he said.
“She will have been shown how to deal with situations when things go wrong, for example if her close protection officer gets shot and she has to fend for herself.”
The process will reportedly involve live ammunition so that the Californian-born woman knows what “real gunfire sounds like”.
While they are guarded around the clock by members of the London Metropolitan Police Force’s Protection Command, all members of the British Royal family undergo some form of training to prepare them for high-stakes security situations.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana, for example, participated in intensive anti-terrorist and kidnap training in 1983, during which the late Royal’s hair caught alight via a wayward pellet from an SAS stun grenade. According to an officer present on the day, Princess Diana was behind the wheel of a 4WD as part of a mock strong-hold assault when the unfortunate incident occurred.
“The princess left her driver’s window down for some reason and a burning pellet from a flash-bang landed in her hair which started smoking,” SAS veteran Rusty Firmin told The Mirror. “She started shouting and patting her hair.”
Quick-thinking officers intervened, and she avoided injury. No harm done, the Princess and Prince Charles reportedly joined the officers for tea and coffee afterward.
Meghan Markle is due to marry Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on May 19.
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