Since becoming engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has discovered that there’s more to becoming a member of the British royal family than learning how to curtsy and to conduct herself in public ceremonies with traditions going back hundreds of years.
Training for the U.S.-born former actress also has included being surrounded by soldiers firing live ammunition, according to the British newspaper The Express.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, south Wales on January 18, 2018 (Ben BirchallBEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images)
That’s because the 36-year-old Markle has undergone a grueling British army special forces program to prepare for certain worse-case scenarios, the Express said, citing sources in the program.
The “kidnap and rescue” exercises are designed to prepare her for being a global figure who, realistically, could become a target for assassinations, kidnappings and terrorist attacks, the Express reports said.
Markle and Harry are set to marry May 19 at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. It was reported by Us Weekly back in the fall that the Los Angeles-reared Markle had received basic training by protection staff in what to do in case she receives threats or is worried someone is following her.
But as her wedding date nears, she reportedly traveled to the Special Air Service (SAS) army base in the English countryside, where she had to endure “a mock kidnapping” by “hostage takers,” the Express reported.
The SAS exercise is supposed “to frighten the life out of anyone,” according to one officer quoted by the Express. The officer said, “Even though Meghan will have known the enemy was not real, I guarantee that she will have been petrified.”
Live ammunition is used to raise that level of fear, “so she knows what real gunfire sounds like should, God forbid, she ever …read more
Source:: The Mercury News