There are many benefits of being a member of the royal family. They wear fine jewels, live in palaces, and hold royal titles. But there are also many dangers for members of Britain’s most famous family.
Royals are constantly in the public eye and recognized by people around the world, including fans who can become obsessive stalkers. And now it is reported how many pose a real threat to the queen, princes, princesses and duchesses. Here’s more about it and why a former royal protection officer thinks stalkers are on the rise.
Out of 170 stalkers, some were logged as “higher risk level”.
The number of royal family stalkers has now reached an all-time high.
According to the Mirror, the Royal Protection Police have confirmed that out of 170 stalkers, only 32 were identified as “low risk”, while 128 were classified as “moderate” and 10 as “higher risk”.
Former royal protection chief Dai Davies, who was appointed commander of the operational unit responsible for royal protection of the Queen and the royal family in the 1990s, said: “The vast majority of people are fixated on that [royals] are harmless, but there are always concerns that their obsession could take a worrying turn.”
Negative publicity from Prince Harry and Prince Andrew may have sparked a “wave” of stalkers
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The UK’s Fixed Threat Assessment Centre, set up in 2006 by the Home Office, the Department of Health and the Metropolitan Police, stated on its website: “FTAC receives approximately 1,000 referrals annually from individuals involved in threats or harassment towards politicians or politicians the Royal family.”
Davies believes one reason the sheer number of stalkers is now so high for the royals may have to do with the Duke of York and the Duke of Sussex.
“It would not surprise me in the least if the negative publicity surrounding Prince Andrew and Prince Harry has led to an increase in the number of people brought to the attention of the police,” said Davies.
Queen Elizabeth once faced an intruder in a dangerous situation
There have been two frightening incidents in the past where the royals actually found themselves in dangerous face-to-face situations with people they didn’t know who made it past security to get to them. One was Princess Anne and the other Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch’s daughter was unharmed after an armed kidnapper tried to pull her from a car she was traveling in with her former security guard and then-husband Mark Phillips.
As for the monarch, many royal fans may recall the infamous story of Michael Fagan breaching security at Buckingham Palace in the morning hours of July 9, 1982. Fagan is said to have wandered the corridors unnoticed by palace employees for several minutes before he reached Queen Elizabeth’s bedroom. When he got into her room, he opened the curtains, which startled the queen and she calmly rang the alarm.
At that moment, however, no one came to her rescue because her servant, Paul Whybrew, was walking her corgis. He eventually returned with two police officers who arrested Fagan. The queen was unharmed.
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/royal-family-targeted-170-stalkers-some-very-dangerous-according-protection-police.html/ According to the protection police, the royal family was attacked by 170 stalkers, some of whom are very dangerous