Princess Diana’s ex-protection officer ‘baffled’ by Harry’s safety claims

The ex-protection officer of Princess Diana has said he is "baffled" by Prince Harry's apparent claim that the Netherlands is safer than the UK.

Former MET inspector Ken Wharfe has said the Invictus Games, where the Duke of Sussex is set to attend, is far more dangerous than the site of Prince Philip's memorial service.

Wharfe said that Harry would have been much safer at home than he is in the Netherlands, with the Duke of Sussex snubbing the Royal Family just ten days before announcing his presence at the Invictus Games.

The sports competition, which is held for the injured or sick military personnel, is a "more of a risk" than visiting London, Wharfe said.

Harry did not attend the memorial service for grandfather Philip due to concerns over his security, but Wharfe is puzzled as to why the Duke believes he is safer at Invictus than he is in the UK.

Wharfe said: "I'm baffled about why Harry thinks he would be safer in the Netherlands than in the UK. He would have travelled to his grandfather's memorial service with his brother or father and received protection from the MET.

"It's not like he would have been turning up at Westminster Abbey on a bike."


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The Duke of Sussex and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, did not attend the memorial service, but Prince Harry is set to appear at the Invictus Games event, Daily Mail reports.

Wharfe added: "The Dutch police will be doing their own security assessments and liaising with Harry's private security. But in my view it is more of a risk to go to Holland to support a charity with a military link than coming to London last week."

The former protection officer for Prince Harry's late mum Princess Diana also said that "nobody is stopping Harry bringing his own security to the UK" and believes the MET and the Government would "meet him halfway" when detailing security risks.

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