Kate Middleton’s police guard accidentally fires gun outside her home

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge weren't home when an officer stationed outside their Welsh home accidentally let off a shot

A policeman guarding the Anglesey home of Kate Middleton and Prince William has landed himself in hot water, after accidentally firing a gun outside the house.

The officer was stationed outside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Welsh pad in a car, although the royal couple were not home at the time.

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Nobody was injured when the shot went off, but Scotland Yard yesterday confirmed they have launched an investigation into the incident.

It’s thought the policeman, attached to Special Operations, was sitting a vehicle stationed outside Kate Middleton and Prince William’s home with another off-duty officer when the gun was fired.

A Met Police spokesman confirmed in a statement: ‘Shortly before 1pm on Wednesday October 24 an on-duty MPS police officer unintentionally discharged a firearm while in an unmarked police vehicle.

‘The round damaged the floor of the vehicle. Another on-duty officer was in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Neither officer was injured.

‘The officers were on duty in north Wales at the time.’

Clarence House could not confirm the incident, but said anything of that nature would be handled directly by police.

‘We cannot (confirm it) because such an incident would have to be handled by the Metropolitan Police,’ a spokesman said.

Kate Middleton and Prince William split their time between Kensington Palace in London, and their remote home in Anglesey, North Wales, where Prince William works as an RAF pilot.

Earlier this year, it was revealed the royal couple had been given SAS anti-kidnap training, after their rising profile has made them potential targets.

It’s thought William and Kate have made several super-secret visits to an SAS base in Hereford for the training, where they were drilled in what to do, should they ever face kidnap.

Reports suggest the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were taught to handle guns during the exercise, while last year, Kate Middleton reportedly underwent a gruelling 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.

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