The scheduled presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands has already shattered the brains of every royal reporter. Not only that, royal journalists are now interviewing “security experts” if these security experts are certain about how Prince Harry is crazy to think he will be more secure than he is at the Invictus Games … in the UK, a very narrow set of under-the-scenes situations. I mean, I understand, there’s a lot of frustration going on, and obviously Harry’s absence from Prince Philip’s memorial is the scandal of the century. But do these people understand that they look like complete F-King idiots who don’t understand the basics about policing and security?
Despite not having the same set up at Prince Philip’s Memorial Service in the UK, Meghan and Harry can ask members of the Dutch royal family to get armed police bodyguards and ‘ride’ from the Invictus Games, experts told MailOnline today. Sussex may be given full protection by Dutch police as the event will be hosted by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his aunt Princess Margaret, along with the honorary chair of the Invictus Games recommendation committee.
The Duchess of Sussex will accompany her husband to The Hague for four days, although security experts have warned of a ‘tick box’ of sports events for terrorists because of its military connections and the presence of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, including the Duke of Sussex.
The couple’s first trip to Europe together since leaving the Royal Family will be marked – the Duke of Sussex said he did not feel safe in Britain, just weeks after Prince Philip’s memorial service was closed. But former royal security officials say they were given the same protection as the royal family at Westminster Abbey.
Former MP Norman Baker, a critic of royal spending and privacy, said: ‘It looks boring. It seems they have Dutch courage but not British descent.
Monique Blocks, a Dutch royal biographer and assistant editor of the Royal Central, told MailOnline that she believed Harry or his party would probably ask King William, the queen’s distant cousin, for armed security. He said: ‘Since members of the Dutch royal family will be present at both the opening and closing ceremonies, they may be able to have a “ride” with them on those days. But Harry and Meghan will not get the same protection from Invictus because they are ‘visiting in a private capacity’, he said, adding that this was offered to Harry in the UK but he refused, claiming it was unsafe for his family. In Britain.
Simon Morgan, a former royal security officer, told MailOnline today that he “did not know” how Sussex could feel safer in Holland. Mr Morgan, who now runs the security business Trojan Consultancy, said: ‘Sussex is attending an international event with the elderly, many of whom were wounded in the fighting with the Taliban. Harry himself has worked in Afghanistan and is the grandson of the Queen. The Dutch would consider the security threat high, as an extremist Invictus ticked several boxes as a target of a spectacular attack. It’s hard to understand why Harry and Meghan would consider it less risky to go to Prince Philip’s memorial service.
[From The Daily Mail]
These people are going crazy. They know nothing about Harry’s personal security, the Dutch police’s large event protocol, or the Dutch royal security. These people may not realize the concept of security after a threat and not rank. Harry will be safe. Meghan will be safe. That is why they are going. They obviously feel comfortable with the security situation, and some assume that they will have personal security there – fully informed by Dutch police and detectives – and that there will be plenty of security in the games. These British are just banging their heads against the wall, wailing “Why didn’t he come back two weeks ago if we told him in no uncertain terms that he would not be safe ??”
Also: “Royal protection” is not the only type of protection, OMG. Police and intelligence agencies around the world have different types of VIP security protocols.
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