Meghan Markle faced ‘strange’ royal practice after marrying Prince Harry
Harry and Meghan's popularity 'threatens' other royals
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Meghan, 40, and Harry, 37, famously stepped back from their royal roles and moved to the US to raise their children, Archie and Lilibet. This weekend marked two years since the couple announced their decision to carve out new careers for themselves outside the Royal Family. At the time, the Sussexes vowed to continue to “support” the Queen while working towards becoming financially independent.
The couple have since settled in Montecito, California, where they have gone on to pursue a range of projects including their charitable organisation, Archewell.
After their engagement, Meghan, a former star of the series ‘Suits’, was still getting used to the Royal Family’s intense security arrangements.
According to Gyles Brandreth, a broadcaster who regularly comments on the Royal Family, Meghan would have found one aspect of her royal protection “quite strange”.
Also a royal biographer, Mr Brandreth was interviewed during the Netflix documentary, ‘The Royal Wives of Windsor’, which was released in the run-up to Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding.
Here, he said: “You will have with you, if you are Meghan, for the rest of your life, at least one police officer with you.
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“Always, until you die. Within shouting distance will be a police officer. Well, that’s quite strange.”
Jacquie Davis, a security specialist, who also appeared in the film, said Meghan had to get used to no longer being able to do regular day-to-day activities on her own.
She said: “Meghan Markle now won’t be able to nip along to the hairdressers.
“She won’t be able to go out for drinks with the girls.”
Ms Davis, a former police officer and bodyguard, has 25 years’ experience protecting royal families across the globe, and reviewed footage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first official walkabout as a couple in Nottingham in 2017 during the documentary.
She said: “You will have in that crowd, royal fanatics, and she’s new so they all want to see her.
“They all want to get to touch her. The close protection officers are very close to her. They are giving her advice.
“They are moving her about. There is a self-embargo by the royals of not doing autographs, not doing selfies.
“This will become second nature to her after six months. She has the best security team on the planet looking after her.”
Ken Wharfe, the former protection officer for Princess Diana, also outlined the threats posed to royals, and said: “We have this group of people, which is growing daily now, called ‘fixated individuals’, who have this obsession with royalty.”
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The documentary includes archive footage of Diana’s visit to Northumberland in 1989.
During a walkabout by the late royal, who is known as the ‘People’s Princess’, she was accosted by a man in the crowd.
The man – later identified as Alfred Adcock – had lunged at Diana from behind a barricade.
Members of Diana’s security detail threw themselves in front of the royal, who was not harmed in the incident.
Ms Davis added: “What you think is a mundane walkabout is the ideal opportunity for the stalker to get close to her. Every day is a danger day.”
‘The Royal Wives of Windsor’ is available to stream on Netflix.
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