Royal protection officers:They are not the nannies of the younger royals!
How will the Royal family be remembered in 2012? For the Queen’s 60th Jubilee? Well I am sure that is how the Queen would have liked 2012 to be remembered, after all, no monarch, since Queen Victoria has celebrated a Diamond Jubilee. But in truth, 2012 will be remembered for three major events involving the younger royals. Harry’s naked Vegas photos, waity’s nudegate photos (when she and willy had decided a sojourn in the South of France was more preferable to carrying out their ‘ambassador’ roles at the Paralympics) and thirdly, Jacintha Saldana’s suicide due to waity’s stay in King Edward VII hospital.
Although two of these events show that all three of the younger royals lack a sense of propriety (willy could easily have been aware of the risks of some pap taking nude shots of waity- he is no fool, he knows the territory) there are also questions to be asked of the royal protection officers or RPO’s. There have been many comments since Harry and waity’s nudegate scandals broke- about the actual role of the RPO’s. Are they really supposed to act like ‘babysitters’ or ‘nannies’ to adults to prevent these type of scandals happening? Or should these young royals (with waity I use that termextremely loosely) have been more aware of the consequences of their actions?
Camilla Tominey of the Daily express recently wrote an article asking whether willy and waity have been let down recently in the prank call scandal which occurred when waity was ‘rushed to hospital’ with morning sickness *roll eyes*
As part of the article she concurred that there was a lot of criticism directed at Harry’s RPO’s after one of the ‘guests’ at one of Harry’s letting off steam parties, took photographs with a mobile and sold them to TMZ.
‘’There was criticism that the Prince’s minders should have taken camera
phones from the revellers and made them leave them at the door of the suite,
but Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said officers were
right not to intrude.
He told the Home Affairs Select Committee in September: “They have to
lead a normal life and we have to strike a balance between intrusion into their
lives and keeping them safe. There is a golden line that cannot be crossed,
which is the social lives of the principals.”
I think this is a fair point……………….The RPO’s are not paid to act as ‘nannies’ to their charges. Could you imagine an RPO trying to stop photos being taken during the party if Harry agreed and seemed happy that the photos were being taken? After all Prince Harry was not a teenager at the time-he was a 27 year old adult.
So what about willy and waity’s RPO’s and their role in the breakdown of security that allowed a pap to take long lens shots of waity topless and naked from a public road close to Lord Linley’s chateau in the South of France?
Waity really is to blame here! There have been reports where she is said to have insisted that willy’s friends ‘behave at all times as they could get papped at any time’.
“Kate is mortified. Since she and William met, she’s constantly been on guard against embarrassment,” the source shared. “When they used to go away with William’s friends, Kate would lecture everyone on what not to do in case there were photographers.” http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/89…ill-Be-Her-Last
Once again, People questioned the RPO’s role in this scandal- one of the most frequently made comments in the DM was questioning how the RPO’s could not have carried out a security check of the perimeter of the property- after all it could have been a sniper and not a pap.How about if waity had just kept her clothes on? Why blame the RPO’s for this lack of decorum? Ken Wharfe (Diana’s ex RPO) recently criticized the King Edward VII hospital for not having protocols up and running, before waity’s stay Princess Diana’s former bodyguard Ken Wharfe said last night that incidents would not have happened in his day,and said there had been a “breakdown in protocol” which allowed the Australian DJs to get through to the hospital:
hotel or anywhere else was to isolate the switchboard,” he said. “You tell the
staff to put any calls through to the detective there.“The royals never ring in to hospitals on an open line. If anyone needed
to speak to Kate they would ring the officer sitting outside her room. All this
should have been explained to the hospital staff, but clearly it wasn’t, which
is the fault of the police and the hospital.”A former aide to Princess Margaret, who was often treated at the King
Edward VII Hospital, revealed last week how every call was treated with
suspicion.“They went first to the police bodyguard, he would put them through to
HRH’s dresser Sandra and she would know instantly who was who. I suspect this
is the downside of William and Kate employing hardly any staff.”Chief Superintendent Dai Davies, former head of royal protection, said
the royal couple’s security should be reviewed.
Sunday December 9,2012 By Camilla Tominey
by DebbieB (formerly known as anonymous)