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Meghan Markle to receive military-grade driver training

By Tony O'Kane, 21 May 2018 Car News

Meghan Markle to receive military-grade driver training

American actor and newly minted royal Meghan Markle will learn how to steer like the special forces

ARGUABLY the best moment of this weekend’s wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was when the royal couple drove away from Windsor Castle in the all-electric Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. Not just because E-Types are cool and always worthy of our attention, but because their silent departure signified the end of the Royal Wedding circus.

But for Markle that fairly tame ride in the E-Type – her first vehicular experience as a member of the royal family – will soon be upstaged by more exciting moments behind the wheel (and away from the cameras). According to security experts, she’ll soon become trained in the challenging craft of evasive driving.

Speaking to CBS News, Simon Morgan, a former close-protection officer to Queen Elizabeth II, said Markle will need to get used to living within a ‘security bubble’.

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“She will no longer be able to just pop to the shops and buy a pint of milk or a newspaper. A protection officer will now go with her," he said.

Markle will still be able to get behind the wheel herself – but will be trained by specialists in how to avoid and evade would-be hostage takers, stalkers, terrorists and pests.

"Certainly within the younger members of the royal family, they are very much used to being independent – independent within a security bubble. And driving does afford them a degree of independence," Morgan explained.

A highly-trained driver will be part of her security detail, though Markle is nevertheless expected to be educated on the finer points of steering herself to safety by security specialists – who are often former or serving members of Britain’s special forces.

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Markle may not wind up with the wheelmanship of Jason Bourne, but by the time her training is done, whipping a mad J-turn in that electric Jag should be no problem for the Duchess of Sussex.