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Female Bodyguards: Why Royal Family Members Entrust Their Lives To Skilled Women And Not Pumped Men

Date November 28, 2018 09:36

When you hear the word 'bodyguard,' you imagine a stereotypically large man in a black suit with a deadpan facial expression. It's no secret that bodyguards accompany celebrities everywhere: at official events, meetings with fans, even during their shopping!

The royals also can’t exist without their loyal protectors. Did you notice any big guys in suits in the photos? Surprisingly, there are none, and it may seem strange. As it turns out, the female half of the royal family prefers women bodyguards!

Bodyguards for Kate and her children

You may think these lovely ladies are nannies or Kate’s personal assistants. Emma Probert isn’t only a charming woman, but also Kate's personal bodyguard.

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When she is on vacation, Karen Llewellyn takes her place. Kate’s bodyguards are always armed.

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Although officially Maria Borrallo is a nanny, she is also responsible for the safety of Kate’s children: Prince George, Charlotte, and even little Louis!

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She has professional military training and is fluent in several languages.

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In addition, Maria is an excellent driver, meaning she can easily avoid critical situations.

Who guards Camilla Parker-Bowles?

During the official visit to the Emirates, Prince Charles’ wife also had lady bodyguards! In Dubai, the Duchess of Cornwall was accompanied by a whole team of protectors in traditional hijabs and abayas!

The women are all experienced bodyguards aged in the vicinity of 30.

Meghan’s bodyguard

Kensington Palace refuses to reveal the name of Meghan’s bodyguard for security purposes. Here is what we managed to find out about her.

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This woman accompanied the Dukes of Sussex during the recent royal tour.

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The security officer replaced the Prince’s former security chief, Sergeant Bill Renshaw, who retired after 30 years of work.

Why are only women allowed to protect royals? It turns out that Diana is liable for this!

Ken Wharf, former Diana’s bodyguard, believes the royal family chooses to hire women because the late Princess was very close with her bodyguard, Barry Mannakee.

Officer Mannakee was appointed to the Princess of Wales in 1985 and quickly became her close friend. In 1987, he died in an accident, but Diana claimed he was killed because of the alleged relationship. Therefore, when Kate Middleton joined the royal family, Prince Charles didn’t want the Duchess of Cambridge to be compromised. As a result, it has become a tradition!

Are strong ladies better than pumped security?

There are several reasons why female bodyguards are becoming increasingly popular. Here are some of them:

  1. Female bodyguards can also pose as nannies, assistants, and even family members, so that, in case of a threat, they can instantly stun an attacker.
  2. Many situations require bodyguards to be in close physical contact with clients. This need appears more comfortable with female security.
  3. Female bodyguards cope better with conflict situations. They understand body language more accurately and get less distracted.

What about you? Who would you entrust your life to: a broad-shouldered guy or a skilled woman? Share your opinion in the comments!

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