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Old 01-09-2008, 11:13 AM
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^ So you think the bodyguard story is true, Sam? I'm just curious to know what others are thinking about it. It's odd because we have had these kinds of weird claims in the past, and from the Daily Mail too. But you seem to think this time it's true?
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:13 AM
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I know that I will get deleted again for say this, but I think that they should say that they are getting married or stop seeing each other. Others say that she should not have a bodyguard on tax money and that is my point. They need to make the move to get married or stop all of this.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:23 AM
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Provided that the story is true I'd find it quite absurd. Either Kate is Wills' fiancee and therefore is entitled to the stuff that goes with it or she is not. Very simple. Besides, in her case I'd see a minder more as an "I am important" *** statement rather than a protection issue. I doubt Daniel Westling enjoys the service of a bodyguard payed for by the swedish taxpayers - and he's dating the heiress, not the 2nd in line.

***sorry, Kate, you are not.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:24 AM
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^ So you think the bodyguard story is true, Sam? I'm just curious to know what others are thinking about it. It's odd because we have had these kinds of weird claims in the past, and from the Daily Mail too. But you seem to think this time it's true?
I don't know if it's true or not but to be honest, it would suprise me if she didn't have a bodyguard. It's not really that wierd a claim and after all the media scrum stuff I did expect it alot sooner.
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:39 PM
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I do hope that this doesn't force an engagement that otherwise wouldn't be happening. If it's the effect, fine, but it shouldn't be the cause either.

If there have been specific threats against her, then it's not just good for there to be government security for her, it's the duty of the state to protect her from harm (as it would be for any person in danger of harm).
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:46 PM
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Well the fact that it quotes it's evening edition is strange! Also the article only says that SY are making plans 'in case' they are called on at short notice.

Wasn't it the Mail that reported last week that William and Catherine are house hunting, in secret?
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The only danger to Kate Middleton is her wardrobe. I'd love a bodyguard but do I get one? No. I think this is a bit much unless there's been threats against her or something.
The only threat I can think of is the blooming media scrum.

You don't need a bodyguard BeatrixFan, you could see them off with one sentence!
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:56 PM
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The families that didn't want their daughters to marry in the RF were/are a lot closer to the crown then the Middleton's and presumably have a way better idea then the Middleton's on why marrying into the RF isn't a good idea. I wonder if Kate even gets it.
It has been my understanding that Miss Middleton's mother is keen on becoming relatives with the British Royal Family. Let us hope that the mother in question does fully realize the pros and cons of being married into the Royal family.
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Bodyguard or not... Happy 26th Birthday to Kate... and what a present she got,! she is in the famous Mr. Blackwell's list but; in the best dressed category

Reese Witherspoon tops Mr Blackwells Best Dressed in 2007 list - Thaindian News
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:22 PM
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the bodyguard story sounds pretty serious. i was wondering if perhaps her parents had made the arrangements but i think if that were the case it would be through a private security firm and not scotland yard...IF it's true.
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You don't need a bodyguard BeatrixFan, you could see them off with one sentence!
Moi?! Never.
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:54 PM
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the bodyguard story sounds pretty serious. i was wondering if perhaps her parents had made the arrangements but i think if that were the case it would be through a private security firm and not scotland yard...IF it's true.
My first thought was the same - that her parents had hired a bodyguard for her nights out. However if it is true that she is now receiving protection at the taxpayer expense, I would think that there will be a forthcoming announcement perhaps in the spring or summer otherwise I think the royal family will have a lot of explaining to do about the cost. There have already been stories about Beatrice and Eugenie running up protection services bills.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:21 PM
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i agree...i think there will be an announcement coming sooner rather than later.
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Well there's nothing to clash with in 2008 so it would make sense. I'd say once Williams out of the RAF we'll hear something.
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Well there's nothing to clash with in 2008 so it would make sense. I'd say once Williams out of the RAF we'll hear something.
when will he be out of the RAF?
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:26 PM
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One of the most difficult things in the world to do these days, is find a suitable girlfriend if you are heir to the throne. Who can Prince William trust? He has known Kate a long time, and she is safe. She's been discreet so far, and never blabbed. But then again, Diana was like that before her marriage,and look where that took us... That's my humble opinion. I have the impression that Kate is a user. I wish that she would get herself a job.
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Provided that the story is true I'd find it quite absurd. Either Kate is Wills' fiancee and therefore is entitled to the stuff that goes with it or she is not. Very simple. Besides, in her case I'd see a minder more as an "I am important" *** statement rather than a protection issue. I doubt Daniel Westling enjoys the service of a bodyguard payed for by the swedish taxpayers - and he's dating the heiress, not the 2nd in line.

***sorry, Kate, you are not.
Aren't we the bearer of brutal honesty?! Welcome back....

The article does specify that the bodyguard(s) come from Scotland Yard (Metropolitan Police of London), not from a private protection firm. As a citizen and resident of the metro London area, Kate is always entitled to Scotland Yard protection, however I would assume the regular entitlement is on an 'as needed' basis, not a round-the-clock personal shadow. HRH's and government or diplomatic officials, etc. get round-the-clock personal shadows, not the average joe citizens. Kate has already been seen using her right to a police escort in some iffy paparazzi situations, but she has not been seen yet with a personal protection officer. If she is going to be now accompanied 24/7 by a PPO from Scotland Yard, I'd guess that's coming from Clarence House, not her parents, and it would be a sign of a coming announcement.

I admit I wasn't expecting an announcement this year. I thought maybe next year it would come.
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when will he be out of the RAF?
Clarence House says four months. Then almost immediately, the Royal Navy training begins.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:04 PM
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I believe the bodyguard story...and that an announcement about those 2 is coming soon. She must be excited and extremely nervous...
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:06 PM
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Aren't we the bearer of brutal honesty?! Welcome back....

The article does specify that the bodyguard(s) come from Scotland Yard (Metropolitan Police of London), not from a private protection firm. As a citizen and resident of the metro London area, Kate is always entitled to Scotland Yard protection, however I would assume the regular entitlement is on an 'as needed' basis, not a round-the-clock personal shadow. HRH's and government or diplomatic officials, etc. get round-the-clock personal shadows, not the average joe citizens. Kate has already been seen using her right to a police escort in some iffy paparazzi situations, but she has not been seen yet with a personal protection officer. If she is going to be now accompanied 24/7 by a PPO from Scotland Yard, I'd guess that's coming from Clarence House, not her parents, and it would be a sign of a coming announcement.

I admit I wasn't expecting an announcement this year. I thought maybe next year it would come.
I have never been away!

You are right CT, 24/7 must come from Clarence House and if it does there better is an announcement around the corner. It's true that in theory the Joe Average resident - and that applies to Kate who is a private citizen without announcement - is entitled to protection but that remains theory. In times when it has almost become habitual that the police is unable to protect private citizens in residential London areas from getting mugged or stabbed a special treatment for Ms Middleton would certainly bring the Met into hot waters, again after a controversial year 2007.
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Clarence House says four months. Then almost immediately, the Royal Navy training begins.
Oh the Navy as well?! How jolly. Anything to put off work. Maybe they're waiting for the engagement till they unleash his dull as ditchwater personality on the world. Kate might bring some glamour to combat the sleep-inducing quality this 'young' man seeps.
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