Meghan’s fe­male body­guard quits after six months

Daily Express - - News - By Richard Palmer Royal Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex were “sad­dened” yes­ter­day after Meghan’s po­lice body­guard quit only a few months into the job.

Her de­par­ture is the lat­est in a se­ries of res­ig­na­tions among staff work­ing for the royal cou­ple, fu­elling spec­u­la­tion that the for­mer ac­tress has proved a dif­fi­cult em­ployer.

The po­lice of­fi­cer, an in­spec­tor in charge of the team han­dling Meghan’s pro­tec­tion, is un­der­stood to have only been in the role for around six months and has been closely in­volved in over­see­ing se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at their new of­fi­cial res­i­dence, Frog­more Cot­tage at Wind­sor.

The cou­ple are ex­pected to move in time for the ar­rival of their baby, due in the spring, after re­fur­bish­ment work – set to cost the tax­payer be­tween £2mil­lion and £3mil­lion – is com­pleted.

Shad­owed

At least one source yes­ter­day was sug­gest­ing that the change from be­ing based at Kens­ing­ton Palace, where Harry and Meghan cur­rently live, to Wind­sor was be­hind the po­lice of­fi­cer’s de­ci­sion to quit.

There were also claims that part of the rea­son for the body­guard’s de­par­ture is that Meghan, 37, has found it hard to ad­just to the re­stric­tions of royal life, in­clud­ing be­ing shad­owed ev­ery­where by a per­sonal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer.

Even those born into the Royal Fam­ily can find it dif­fi­cult at times – body­guards need to be told even if they just want to nip out some­where. Restau­rants need to be checked for emer­gency ex­its and dis­creet tables booked.

Se­cu­rity con­sid­er­a­tions can cause ten­sions when the royal wants to do

some­thing spon­ta­neous. How­ever, the Daily Ex­press un­der­stands that the in­spec­tor – who has not been named for se­cu­rity rea­sons – gets on well with Meghan.

She is said to be leav­ing not only her pro­tec­tion job but the Metropoli­tan Po­lice as a whole, mainly for rea­sons to do with her pri­vate life.

She was at the Kens­ing­ton Palace of­fice Christ­mas party and has told col­leagues she is sad to be leav­ing

her job work­ing for Meghan, Ex­press un­der­stands.

Harry and Meghan have also ap­peared upset to be los­ing her and are said to be “sad­dened” by it.

Friends have pointed out that if po­lice body­guards do have prob­lems with their bosses, they tend to be moved to other du­ties rather than leave the force al­to­gether.

One fac­tor may be the re­lo­ca­tion of the job to Wind­sor. The move may the be a more dif­fi­cult com­mute for some of the pro­tec­tion team and lead to more oner­ous shift pat­terns.

But Scot­land Yard body­guards are used to be­ing away from home for blocks of time. Harry, 34, and Meghan al­ready spend much of their time at a £1.4mil­lion rented farm­house in Great Tew, Ox­ford­shire.

Those pro­tect­ing the Queen spend up to half of the year at Bal­moral, San­dring­ham or Wind­sor. As a cham­pion of women’s em­pow­er­ment, Meghan is ex­pected to want an­other woman to head up her se­cu­rity team.

Most fe­male mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily, in­clud­ing the Duchess of Cam­bridge and the Duchess of Corn­wall, have a fe­male po­lice body­guard in their team.

Scot­land Yard and Kens­ing­ton Palace de­clined to com­ment yes­ter­day.

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