Remember when Meghan Markle was photographed closing her own car door and everyone praised her for being down-to-earth and doing that herself instead of leaving it for someone else? Well, times have changed and the Duchess of Sussex won’t be doing that ever again.
Royal police have warned Prince Harry’s wife that it is not okay for her to shut her car door when she gets out. Here’s more on what officials told Markle and why it was a serious concern they needed to address.
It’s for her safety
Back in September 2018, Markle appeared at an art exhibition in London and closed the car door behind her but fans weren’t the only ones who freaked out over what she did apparently her security team did too.
The vehicles used by the duke and duchess on official engagements have self-locking doors and therefore royal protection officers let Markle know that for her own safety she cannot close the doors of those cars anymore.
“Nothing is more important to these guys than protecting the royal family,” a security source told The Sun. “Meghan and Harry like to meet the public as much as possible and make contact with the crowds that come to see them. And although having a car door closed might seem like a trivial thing, it could be the difference. God forbid if anything did go wrong arriving at a royal engagement, but 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.”
She and Prince Harry faced terror threats
The pair’s security team has been on high alert since last month when it was reported that a neo-Nazi group discussed assassinating Prince Harry for being with the retired actress.
The group, which communicated via private messages on an online gaming server, called the prince a “race traitor” and suggested that he be shot for marrying a woman whose father is white and mother is African-American.
Because of that and additional threats that come with being a member of the royal family, the couple’s bodyguards want to make sure that every safety precaution is being met.
Markle can’t wear a seatbelt either
Following Prince Philip’s recent car crash, it was revealed that members of the royal family do not always wear seatbelts and there’s a specific security reason for that as well.
While some may think that the royals only refrain from buckling up because they don’t want to wrinkle their designer outfits, they also don’t get strapped in case of a sudden emergency.
“There are always anomalies,” former royal protection officer Simon Morgan explained. “In the threat and risk matrix it’s a matter of looking at each individual situation to decide what is the best way of achieving what needs to be achieved. For example, considering that a quick entry or exit to a vehicle is easier when people aren’t strapped into seatbelts. Protection is a very unique area of policing and there are a lot of grey areas, but you are always judging each situation to weigh up the risks and threats with the outcomes you are trying to achieve.”
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