Meghan’s body­guard to quit af­ter six months in the job

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Martin Beck­ford

A TOP fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer is leav­ing her job as chief pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer to the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex.

The highly re­garded in­spec­tor was the first woman to have held such a key role in keep­ing mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily safe.

She played a crit­i­cal role in whisk­ing Meghan away from a crowded mar­ket in Fiji fol­low­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns.

But last night, af­ter about only six months in the po­si­tion, it was re­ported that she is re­sign­ing from Scot­land Yard.

It comes af­ter the re­cent de­par­ture of Meghan’s per­sonal as­sis­tant Melissa Touabti, and amid spec­u­la­tion that pri­vate sec­re­tary Saman­tha Co­hen will soon leave af­ter 17 years work­ing for the Royal Fam­ily.

Last night, sources said that the in­spec­tor, who is not be­ing named, is leav­ing the Metropoli­tan Po­lice.

In­sid­ers say that al­though she had not clashed with Meghan, it has been chal­leng­ing for per­sonal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers to ac­com­mo­date her wish to be seen as ‘one of the peo­ple’.

One source said: ‘Un­like some­one who has grown up in the Royal Fam­ily and has been used to hav­ing close pro­tec­tion from an early age, it can be con­strain­ing. Even though [Meghan] was a fa­mous ac­tress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of get­ting around freely.

‘But in her cur­rent role she can’t go any­where with­out her pro­tec­tion team, and that’s a mas­sive con­strain­ing force on an in­di­vid­ual like her.’

The fe­male chief pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer, whose de­par­ture was re­ported in The Sun­day Times, took over from Sergeant Bill Ren­shaw, who had been Prince Harry’s head of se­cu­rity and re­tired last year af­ter more than 30 years in polic­ing. She first came to pub­lic promi­nence dur­ing the young Royal cou­ple’s tour of Aus­tralia last Oc­to­ber, where she was pho­tographed wear­ing heels while she kept a watch­ful eye over the preg­nant Duchess.

And the blonde in­spec­tor stepped in dur­ing their visit to Fiji when huge crowds turned out to greet Meghan on a solo visit to a mar­ket.

The pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer was seen tak­ing the Duchess to safety shortly af­ter Meghan whis­pered some­thing in an aide’s ear.

In one photo the po­lice of­fi­cer raised her hand to clear the way, and in an­other she ap­peared to be scan­ning the scene for po­ten­tial threats.

It is thought that the Metropoli­tan Po­lice’s Roy­alty and Spe­cial­ist Pro­tec­tion branch may try to find an­other woman to re­place the de­part­ing in­spec­tor.

Both the Duchess of Corn­wall and the Duchess of Cam­bridge have fe­male pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers on their teams.

Last night, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice and Kens­ing­ton Palace de­clined to com­ment.

SAFE PAS­SAGE: Meghan’s pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer leads the Duchess through the Fiji mar­ket dur­ing last year’s Royal tour

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