The Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly undergone an intensive training programme to protect her against kidnap
The Duchess of Cambridge has been given intensive SAS training, according to reports, after her rising public profile has made her a potential kidnap target.
It’s thought Kate underwent grueling personal protection programme close to her Anglesey home, on the advice of royal officials.
The course – which is usually led by SAS, personal protection or MI5 officers – is described as ‘very tough, physically and mentally’ and is thought to teach key survival skills.
Reports suggest Kate would have learnt how to react when under attack, how to build a relationship with hostage-takers, how to drive under pressure, and also create and pass on coded messages.
‘The Palace want to ensure Kate’s new status doesn’t make her vulnerable to attack,’ one insider told the Sun.
‘She has been well trained in what to do should the unthinkable happen.
‘VIP kidnap protection training teaches how to cope both mentally and physically. The mental element involves reacting to unusual situations, such as when there was a stranger in the Queen’s bedroom – and she just started talking to him.’
The Queen, Prince Charles andPrince Williamhave all undergone the training, often used by high-profile politicians and diplomats.
Prince William took part in course at an SAS base aged just 16, and was taught how to fire a submachine gun, and bundled into car during a staged ambush.