QUEEN Elizabeth II’s security training “saved her life” back in 1982 when Buckingham Palace was broken into, a royal expert has claimed.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in 1953 following the death of her father King George VI. Understandably, Her Majesty’s security was increased when she became Queen. However, all members of the royal family are believed to go through security training at some point to teach them how to handle any situation, including hostage or kidnap.
This training saved the Queen’s life in 1982 when Buckingham Palace was broken in to by Michael Fagan, royal expert Omid Scobie reveals.
According to the On Heir podcast, starring royal experts Emily Andrews and Omid Scobie, the Queen’s SAS training helped her deal with an intruder incident in her own bedroom in the Palace.
Mr Scobie explained: “In 1982, the Queen famously found an intruder in her bedroom at Buckingham Palace, and instead of panicking – because she’s obviously gone through this training before – she ended up having a ten minute conversation with the man to keep the situation calm until he asked for a cigarette.”
He continued to explain: “A footman had come to answer the call of service, and she was able to give the signal that she was in trouble, and that probably saved her life.”
Prince Harry’s expecting wife Meghan Markle is said to have gone through the “brutal” SAS training before she even became engaged to the Prince Harry.
Omid revealed how the Duchess of Sussex would have gone through training before her engagement to cover “what to do in case you’re being followed, or receiving threats and so on”.
Every member of the Royal Family goes through this at some point and the training is known as a “personal protection programme”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK