Meghan Markle Has A Female Bodyguard, Just Like Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Sussex's "protection officer" is with her on royal tour

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton with bodyguards

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While you were you were obsessing over Meghan Markle‘s chic royal wardrobe and gushing over her PDA moments with Prince Harry, you might not have noticed the Duchess of Sussex’s protection officer (aka bodyguard), by her side.

The name of the guard, who happens to be a woman, was not disclosed for security reasons, but she received an unexpected amount of attention yesterday when Meghan encountered a “security scare” during an engagement in Fiji.

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Meghan Markle and bodyguard

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The Duchess of Sussex’s official visit to a market in Suva, Fiji’s capital, was cut short after larger crowds than expected gathered, prompting security concerns, CNN reports. Kensington Palace also confirmed that “crowd management issues” were the cause for Meghan’s early exit. Her walk through the market did turn out to be a bit chaotic, but her protection officer cleared the way for her.

Although this may be our first time seeing Meghan’s bodyguard, she’s actually been working for the Sussexes for “several months,” according to The Daily Mail (per Marie Claire). She’s believed to be accompanying the couple for the duration of their royal tour.

Meghan Markle and bodyguard

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Meghan’s not the only member of the royal family to employ a female bodyguard. Sergeant Emma Probert was first assigned to the Duchess of Cambridge in 2010 after her engagement to Prince William was announced, according to The Express.

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Kate Middleton and bodyguard

Middleton and protection officer Sergeant Emma Probert in January 2018
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And the Mail adds that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also has a female protection officer. Back in 2016, she famously hired an all-women security team for her visit to the UAE.

Camilia and bodyguard

Camilla and a protection officer in 2014
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga continues through Wedneday, October 31. Follow their trip right here.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar US.

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