Here’s why Meghan, Kate and Camilla prefer to have female bodyguards

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Being a royal, like most jobs, has both its advantages and drawbacks.

While having a royal title gives access, opportunity and of course the luxury of living in a palace, there is also a lot of duty that comes with the role.

There’s a hefty rulebook for the Windsors to follow, from wearing tights to not wearing black, with Meghan, now Duchess of Sussex, having to comply.

But one of the hardest things that comes with being royalty is the security measures, with most royals having to be accompanied by a bodyguard.

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Seeing as Meghan Markle might be the most talked about woman in the world right now, it’s hardly surprising that she is required to be accompanied by a protection officer, with Meghan’s being thrown into the spotlight just this week as she intervened during a ‘security scare’ at an engagement in Fiji.

The unnamed officer has been working for the Sussexes for ‘several months’ according to The Daily Mail, and is believed to have accompanied Meghan on the royal tour so far, but she only received an unprecedented amount of attention yesterday when Meghan’s decision to have a female bodyguard became a hot conversation topic.

While there's nothing abnormal about having a female bodyguard - it's 2018 - it does seem that royal women prefer to be accompanied by a female bodyguard, with Kate and Camilla both opting for that ahead of her.

Sergeant Emma Probert was assigned to Kate Middleton in 2010 in the buzz that followed her engagement announcement, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has a female bodyguard.

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Not to mention, during Camilla’s visit to the United Arab Emirates, she insisted on having an all-female security team.

Sisterhood is alive and well in the royal family.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.