Meghan Markle must train with British special forces before she can marry Prince Harry

Left: Princess Diana training with the British SAS before marrying Prince Charles. Right: Former Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, actress Meghan Markle and Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister address the audience during a USO show for U.S. service members and their families stationed at Rota Naval Air Station, Spain, Dec. 6, 2014. (DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)

It may seem odd that the American actress and humanitarian, Meghan Markle, has to have military training before she can become apart of the royal family but it is something anyone marrying into the family must do.

Members of the royal family have security 24-hours a day, just as high-profile U.S. government figures do, and the royals have a duty to understand how to interact with those personnel.

“If you can imagine her being put into a room, being treated as if she was a hostage, the room being stormed by the SAS [Special Air Service], she will be put through that training,” former royal aide and CEO of bodyguard firm Intelligent Protection International, Alex Bomberg, told The Independent. The training would also include “how to behave without close protection i.e. what they might do if things go wrong,” he added.

While it is not often that new people are brought into the royal family, the standard protocol has not changed. In 1983, when Princess Diana married Prince Charles they went to the headquarters of the elite British SAS (Special Air Service) -equivalent of the United States elite Delta Force- for anti-terrorist and kidnap training.

The training is what it is -real combat anti-terrorist training. For Diana, the training did not go as well as anticipated and ended badly.

“Princess Diana pushed her foot down on the Range Rover’s accelerator and drove an SAS team into a full-blown assault on the stronghold.  But as our dramatic image shows, the training exercise ended badly with Diana being led to safety after a stun grenade set fire to her hair,” The Independent reported in 2011. One stray “pellet” from a flash-bang grenade was responsible for the blaze of her blonde hair after it landed on the right side of her head.

Just as Diana had to undergo training, so did Kate Middleton before she married Prince William and became Princess Catherine in 2011.

The marriage may be a fairy tale come true for Markle but she will make many sacrifices to marry Prince Harry.

“She won’t be able to come and go as freely as she would if she was a normal person,” explains Bomberg.  “Every part of her life now going forward, from anything from going to the dentist to having her hair done will be organised.

Prince Harry and and Meghan Markle are due to marry in May at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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