Meghan Markle Has A Female Bodyguard, Just Like Kate Middleton

Meghan's protection officer is with her on the royal tour.
PHOTO: (LEFT) Dutch Press Photo/, (RIGHT) Getty Images/Pool/Samir Hussein

While you were you were obsessing over the Duchess of Sussex's chic royal wardrobe and gushing over her sweet moments with Harry, you might not have noticed her new protection officer 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 earlier this week when Meghan encountered a "security scare" during an engagement in Fiji.

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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. 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. She's believed to be accompanying the couple for the duration of their royal tour.

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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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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.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga continues until Wednesday, October 31.


This article originally appeared on Harper's BAZAAR US. Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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