The Insane Measures Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Take to Get Into Nottingham Cottage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle probably won’t miss living at Kensington Palace — not just because it’s in the middle of a busy city but because getting into their royal abode takes a lot of effort. Unlike their countryside abodes, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have to go through extreme measures just to get to their front door. Find out how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get into Nottingham Cottage, ahead.

How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get into Nottingham Cottage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take security very seriously. | Samir Hussein/WireImage

For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, getting home is a full-blown operation. Since Kensington Palace — and the park it resides on — is one of the most heavily populated tourist spots in the world, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have to be extra cautious when entering their London residence. So much so that it’s a three-part process just to get to their front door.

They take a helicopter to Hyde Park

It’s not uncommon for officials to take a helicopter ride home (the President of the United States does it all the time). However, since Kensington Palace resides next to a large park, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex typically touch down in the public space.

According to Hello! Magazine, members of the royal family — not just Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — typically board a helicopter and land in Hyde Park. Because it’s a popular spot for tourists, they have to act quickly if they want to avoid attention. To avoid any potential mishaps, a chauffeured car waits on the lawn ahead of time. Then, once they land, the duke and duchess swiftly make their way to the Kensington Palace gates.

Police escort

For added security measure — and help moving past the crowds — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s car gets a special police escort. The police follow their vehicle all the way through the palace gates to ensure both security and efficiency.

These aren’t the only ways the Royal Police protect Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, see some other safety protocols the duke and duchess must always follow, plus other security measures their staff takes ahead.

Closing their car doors

Meghan Markle used to close her own car door. And, while she received a lot of praise for the down-to-earth gesture, her security team had to put a stop to it. Since the cars they use have self-locking doors, she can no longer close them when arriving at a location anymore. “God forbid if anything did go wrong arriving at a royal engagement, security needs to be able to get them back into cars in seconds if need be. If they’re closed and locked, it’s impossible,” a source told The Sun.

Social media security

Social media can also be an issue — especially when it comes to threats of violence. Because of that, the palace monitors comments, block certain words, and will even block or report abusive users to the police. “The palace has always monitored comments but it’s a hugely time-consuming thing. They can block certain words, but some it is quite serious,” a source confirmed to Hello! Magazine. “Over the course of last year, with hundreds of thousands of comments, there were two or three that were violent threats. You can delete and report and block people and the police have options around particular people. It’s something you have to manage because there’s no other way to control it.”

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