Meghan Markle had to take part in a staged kidnapping before becoming a royal, according to a new biography
Meghan Marklehad to undergo kidnap and hostage training before she married Prince Harry, according to the new biography "Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family."
- The book reports that the duchess had to take part in a staged kidnapping, where she was "taught to develop a relationship with the enemy."
- It was an "extremely tense and scary experience" for Markle, a source told the book's authors, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
- Buckingham Palace and representatives for the Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond when contacted by Insider.
Meghan Markle had to undergo a two-day security training course — which included a staged kidnapping — before becoming a royal.
According to the new royal biography "Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family," the Duchess of Sussex was trained at the British Army's SAS headquarters on how to prepare for kidnapping, hostage situations, and terrorist attacks."Meghan took part in a staged kidnapping, where she was bundled into the back of a car by a 'terrorist,' taken to a different location, and then 'saved' by officers using fake guns," the book reads.
A source told authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand that it was an "extremely tense and scary experience" for Markle, but one that she was grateful for.Most members of the royal family have reportedly had to undergo the training. While Kate Middleton didn't do it until after her royal wedding, it was decided that Markle would do her training early because the couple had received "an unusually high number of threats," according to the book.
It had been speculated that the former actress would take this type of security training before her wedding to Prince Harry, however, it was never officially confirmed by the palace.Markle was given other types of training too, including a run-down on when to curtsy to which members of the royal family, and how to exit a vehicle while wearing a pencil skirt, the book reports. "She had hoped to take etiquette lessons, too, but curiously they were never on offer," the book reads.
Buckingham Palace and representatives for the Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond when contacted by Insider.
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