It’s unlikely that Meghan Markle knew that when she said “yes” to Prince Harry she’d be agreeing to intense SAS training exercises that involved having live ammunition fired around her.
The former US actress, accompanied by Prince Harry, took part in a two-day course in the Herefordshire countryside. The course, which is to prepare her for all possible emergencies as a member of the Royal Family, took place at the HQ of the Special Air Service: the special forces unit of the Army.
During one exercise, troops used live ammunition as they saved Meghan from a kidnap situation. This part of the course has been described by a former SAS officer as “devised to frighten the life out of anyone.”
He added: “Even though Meghan will have known the enemy was not real, I guarantee that she will have been petrified. That’s why live ammo is used, so she knows what real gunfire sounds like should, God forbid, she ever be in a hostile situation.”
The majority of senior royals, apart from The Queen, have took part in similar courses. Unlike Meghan, the Duchess of Cambridge did not take part in a course until after her wedding to Prince William. It is believed Meghan has had to do it before the Royal Wedding because of current heightened security issues.
Gerald Moor, a former senior Army intelligence officer, said the course is the toughest with it being provided by “the Army’s finest; men who have done everything imaginable during service in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.”
He added: “The men enact a kidnap situation, during which she will have been treated as a hostage, with the area being stormed by the SAS. She will also have been advised how to develop a relationship with her kidnappers, which is often far better than trying to escape.
“She will have been shown how to deal with situations when things go wrong, for example if her close protection officer gets shot and she has to fend for herself.”