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A Former Royal Bodyguard Says There's Concerns About Meghan Markle's Family Crashing a Trip

Instyle logo Instyle 2019-01-21 Isabel Jones
Meghan Markle et al. posing for the camera: LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Cirque du Soleil Premiere Of 'TOTEM' at Royal Albert Hall on January 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Grover - WPA Pool/Getty Images) © WPA Pool/Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Cirque du Soleil Premiere Of 'TOTEM' at Royal Albert Hall on January 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Grover - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Princess Diana’s body guard of eight years, Ken Wharfe, hasn’t been in the royal protection game for a while — he left Di’s side in 1993 — but you better believe the Guarding Diana author knows what’s up in the world of high-profile bodyguarding.

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Amid reports that Meghan Markle’s personal protection officer is stepping down after less than a year of service, Wharfe weighed in on concerns about the Duchess of Sussex’s safety, a major point of which concerns her unpredictable family.

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“There is no doubt that protecting Meghan is a demanding role,” Wharfe wrote in an essay for the Daily Mail. “I happen to know there are concerns about her dysfunctional family, for example.”

And OK, duh, who isn’t concerned about Meghan’s fame-hungry fam messing with the literal fairytale the former Deal or No Deal briefcase girl created for herself? But, according to Wharfe, the chatty Markle clan is more than just a gnat on the back of the royal hand — they’re an actual security threat. “The worry is that one or more of them might turn up not at the Palace but on one of her working trips, perhaps with a TV crew in hand to film the confrontation,” he revealed.

Were he still at the royal family’s beck and call (we have a *feeling* he may have burned that bridge), Wharfe says in such an instance he would “get the duchess away and worry about any embarrassment over the encounter later.”

Also watch: Meghan Markle's bodyguard is resigning after just six months of service (Video provided by Instyle)

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Wharfe also expressed concern over Meghan and Prince Harry’s decision to move to Windsor. “With such an open space as Windsor Great Park around them, it will be harder to secure,” he said.

Stay safe, [royal] fam!

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