Marrying a prince might be every little girl’s dream — but as it turns out, becoming a princess isn’t all glitz and glamour!
When the Prince of Wales announced that his son, Prince Harry, was engaged to be married to Meghan Markle, fans of the royal family immediately began speculating about the couple’s life together and Meghan’s royal future. Kensington Palace officials offered up a few details about the upcoming royal wedding and how the pair will live after they tie the knot.
Specifically, we now know that the royal wedding will be in May 2018 and that it will be held in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle (the same place where the prince was christened). The statement announcing the engagement also confirmed that Prince Harry and his bride-to-be will live in Nottingham Cottage together.
While it was expected that Meghan — who is an American commoner — will receive plenty of guidance in how to act and what is expected as a member of the royal family, one thing few realized is that this “princess training” also includes military training.
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TMZ reports that part of Meghan’s post-wedding training will include “hostage training.”
After she marries Prince Harry (who received officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served two tours in Afghanistan before leaving the Armed Forces in 2015), Meghan will receive military training from the British Special Air Service.
Scott Jones, director of the London security firm Garvian, told TMZ that Meghan’s hostage and military training will last about a week.
The training will include teaching her “techniques on how to transmit a distress signal that she’s being held against her will if her captors make her record a video.”
The training will specifically include teaching her ways to subtly let the royal family or law enforcement officials know that she’s being held captive, without allowing her captors to realize what she’s doing.
This will include “mastering micro-expressions, key words and other signals,” in addition to receiving “some basic psychology training” for how to deal with her captors.
Meghan would also be taught how to get herself out of restraints, including duct tape or zip-ties.
Another British Armed Forces source told TMZ that Meghan’s training “will be primarily geared toward facilitating a rescue, and would probably not include combat or weapons training.”
“If you can imagine her being put into a room, being treated as if she was a hostage, the room being stormed by the SAS, she will be put through that training,” Alex Bomberg, a former Royal Aide and CEO of close protection firm Intelligent Protection International, told The Independent.
Meghan isn’t the first “princess-to-be” to undergo this training after joining the royal family — in fact, it’s standard procedure for anyone marrying into the royal family.
Meghan’s future sister-in-law Kate Middleton reportedly underwent similar training back in 2011.
The Telegraph reported at the time that the Duchess of Cambridge’s “very tough” training, which was taught by members of the SAS, Scotland Yard’s personal protection squad or MI5 officers, had been taken by other royals and politicians.
Princess Diana also reportedly underwent the same training back in 1983 when she and Prince Charles went on a secret visit to the Herefordshire headquarters of the SAS, according to Quartz.
Diana apparently had a mishap during the training when a stray spark from a stun grenade landed on her head and set fire to her hair!
Hopefully, Meghan won’t deal with anything that scary.
But one thing is for sure — the former Suits star’s life will change drastically once she officially becomes a member of the royal family.
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