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Old 12-07-2017, 05:11 PM
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I see no argument for the government to fund security for somebody who is not even in the line of succession. Prince Michael and fill have no public role Nd are private citizens.
Prince Michael is back in the line to the throne as marriage to a catholic is no longer a reason for exclusion and those excluded on those grounds were reinstated.

Not sure that being in/someone's place in the line to the throne has a strong relationship to the need for protection - especially not for lower ranked family members. Arthur Chatto for example is much higher in line than the duke of Kent (and prince Michael) but less at risk than the duke or prince Michael as Arthur isn't a royal prince/duke.
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:38 PM
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The words 'private citizens' suggest that we are talking about Mr and Mrs Joe Bloggs and that isn't the reality here. If any of the Queen's cousins were kidnapped or killed by terrorists it's a story that would go right around the world reported, and rightly so, as 'members of the royal family' have been killed/kidnapped. We can't underestimate what a major story that would be so when I see the Michaels ( but it could equally be other relatives) being accosted on the street like this I do feel very uneasy and think there should be some more security in place.
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:56 PM
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Totally agree - maybe something like a police presence when they are in public e.g. the local bobby standing around while they exit from the restaurant until they are in the car - not 24/7 and the full RPO bit that the Queen and her children and grandsons have but a bit more protection that there was there which was none.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:22 AM
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On November 29 Prince Michael of Kent held a speech at the Russian-British Business Forum in London:


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Old 12-11-2017, 08:55 AM
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The public is not going to be approving of providing protection for people that do not serve the people or the monarchy.
I totally agree!
Imagine if they had to have protection for every member of the extended RF, any time they were out in public!

The cost would be astronomical.

Anyway, I don't think they were accosted because they are royal but because they are obviously wealthy people exiting a pricey establishment.
It should be up to the club to provide security.
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:22 AM
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Prince Michael speaks the language but is he good in Business ?
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:33 AM
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I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a review of the security around the minor royals and maybe there will be an increase in security and maybe not but there will certainly be a review after this incident.

Imagine the headlines if something more serious had happened.
I honestly don't know if Kents would even be part of consideration if some royal's protection needs are looked at closer. We have to keep in mind that Sophie of Wessex doesn't even have full time RPO. I do, however, think the Queen's underage grandchildren, the Wessex children, should be afforded RPOs.
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:18 PM
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Our own Dman has posted an excellent link in the "Royal Security" thread that really will give, in good detail, just why supplying protection for people like the Kents, Gloucesters (other than when representing the Queen) and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are just not viable options anymore.

Check out post #427 in this thread: Royal Security
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Old 12-15-2017, 02:29 AM
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Prince and Princess Michael of Kent attended the Bosphorus private book launch in London yesterday, December 14:


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Old 12-19-2017, 08:53 AM
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https://youtu.be/ZK-uqQosqig

Princess Michael's promo for her new book now available on audible. HRH recorded the audiobook personally. Whilst I'm not sure I'm entirely fascinated by cheetahs, I don't think I could resist 8 hours of Princess Michael's accent!
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Old 12-23-2017, 03:31 PM
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Changing the subject, I bought Princess Michael’s new Cheetah book on Audible yesterday. Not only is it well read but HRH is a great narrator! I really recommend it. It’s like spending 7 fascinating hours with the Princess over a cup of coffee.
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Old 12-23-2017, 04:33 PM
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I believe that he has some business directorships. That would give him experience.

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Old 12-23-2017, 04:56 PM
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I think to be in the line of succession or not is no argument for protection. It has to do with a risk profile. When an opinion maker voices inflammatory opinions, the security services can feel that this person has a certain risk profile and needs protection.

Prince and Princess Michael apparently have a low risk profile, in the eyes of the security services.
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall are not in the line of succession but have protection. As such its clear that protection of provided based on assessments of the risk.

Lets be honest most people don't know who the Kents are. I did think it had been said in the past that the Prince at least received protection when on public duties (though that doesn't mean he gets his own bodyguards as such). Providing them protection to go to and from a private dinner is quite extreme. If the situation turned very nasty the police would have been called, and let's be honest if someone had said it was a member of the RF in danger I'm sure the police would have arrived even quicker if possible.

To be honest I'm not sure anyone would wish to have full time police protection is they could avoid it. It seems quite oppressive IMO and most people would probably be quite happy knowing they could go from chauffeur driven car -to a venue -to protected Palace apartment.
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Old 12-23-2017, 05:44 PM
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For many years all HRHs received 24/7 protection. About 10 - 15 years ago it was cut back to the children of the monarch and the spouse of the heir to the throne along with Charles' sons.

Kate and her children also have it 24/7.

As it was cut for Sophie - except when on official duties, along with the Gloucester's and Kent's (excluding the Michael's of Kent who were down to none) I would expect that in a few years that will be where Meghan is - as the wife of a younger son she shouldn't be getting more than the wife of the younger son today.

Remember that these guys have teams of 6 - 8 for 24/7 and if overseas for more than two weeks a second team has to be sent out to replace the initial team. Regardless of what class the royal chooses to travel the RPOs who aren't actually on duty at the time must fly first class along with their accommodation - if on duty with the royal but otherwise if must be 5 star (this was revealed when Eugenie was on her post-school gap year and was praised for staying at a hostel but it was soon revealed that 6 or her 8 RPOs, at the time, were staying at the nearby 5 star resort and as she was on a six month world trip every two weeks new teams were being sent out to replace the others.

This was one of the reasons why the York girls lost their protection and at the same time if was removed from all but the children of the monarch and the spouse of the heir apparent unless on official royal duties.

Andrew actually hired some of the RPOs away from the Met to continue protecting his daughters and paid them more. I believe Edward is doing something similar for Sophie and his kids but not as obviously and again lured those from the met if he could.
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Christina Oxenberg before of her book launch "Dynasty" in London meet with her cousin Prince Michael at his home

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