Royal Family LIVE: Kate and William’s ‘concern’ for safety after major security change

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 74, are said to be among members of the Firm who have reportedly expressed “concern” over a security change that sees them lose some of their most loyal and longstanding personal protection officers. The reorganisation of the royals’ security arrangement is being orchestrated by Metropolitan Police Commander Helen Millichap, who is in charge of Protection Command.

The Daily Mail reports: “Protection officers occupy very unique positions with MRFs [members of the Royal Family]. They are with them 24 hours a day and it understandably takes a long time to build up a good relationship of confidence and trust.

“Several very well-liked and respected officers have been moved on from their roles, not through any fault of their own. It’s simply because of this desire to shake things up a bit, sometimes for the sake of it, it seems. Everyone is unhappy about it, not least some of the principals [royals].”

It comes after the Queen faced a security scare when a man bearing what police termed “an offensive weapon” was arrested on the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas morning. 

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