‘Clearly a target’: Ex SAS soldier warns Prince Harry ‘at risk’
A former SAS soldier says Prince Harry is among the most “at-risk” royals in the world because of his service in the British military.
Prince Harry served in Afghanistan twice, firstly as a Forward Air Controller in 2007-08 and again as an Apache Pilot between September 2012 and January 2013.
Former SAS soldier Bob Craft told the Daily Mirror that Harry was “clearly a target for kidnapping, terrorism and a whole range of threats.”
“As a royal Prince Harry is clearly a target for kidnapping, terrorism and a whole range of threats,” Craft said.
“But his military service adds to that enormously.
“He will need some form of security for a long time, particularly as it is known he served in Afghanistan and was known to be a target whilst out there.”
Former Parachute Regiment soldier and security expert Paul Biddiss said Prince Harry’s move to the US would not necessarily limit his risk.
“Ex special forces soldiers have to be discreet about their identities after they leave because they are obviously under threat,” he said.
“But Harry did not choose to be a threat, he was born into it as a royal.
“His service, particularly in Afghanistan, presents obvious threats from terrorism.
“But in America, as we have seen recently, there are also conspiracy theorists, fringe groups, far right-wing networks, all kinds of armed groups who could be a threat.
“Harry will need to be protected as he is one of the, if not the most under threat royals there are.
“He needs security protection, clearly.”
It’s understood Prince Harry and Meghan have employed their own private security detail after it was revealed last year that Prince Charles had been paying their security costs when they moved away from the UK - to the tune of AUD $7 million a year.
An unnamed source told the Daily Mail in late March 2020 that Charles took over the security costs because Meghan and Harry wouldn’t otherwise be able to cover the expense.
“They had fully expected that British taxpayers would continue to foot the bill for their protection,” the source said.
“But then the rug was pulled from under their feet, and they had to ask Prince Charles to step in.”