The former chief of royal protection has told Prince Harry that he would be adequately protected for the Invictus Games in the Netherlands.
According to Dai Davies, the former head of royal protection at Scotland Yard, Prince Harry’s safety will be looked after by his own security team, and he is also anticipated to get VIP level protection from Dutch authorities, according to The Independent.
“The reality is, I have no doubt that he will be protected, whether he brings his own squad or the Dutch government grant him some kind of VIP status,” Davies says.
“The reality is, if there is a danger, both nations — ours and the Netherlands – have advanced risk-detection systems,” he continued. This country has concluded that he is no longer a citizen.
That may or may not be accurate, but individuals far more competent than me can make that judgement, and they never do so carelessly.”
“It depends on the danger assessment,” Davies said of whether the Dutch police will be engaged in Harry’s protection.
“In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Defence is engaged in looking after royals, and while there is a royal security squad, it is not as large or as experienced as the UK’s unit,” Davies explained.
“But they’re highly competent people, the Dutch,” he said, “and I have full trust that they will do their best.”
Harry, who will be in The Hague with wife Meghan Markle for the Invictus Games from April 16 to April 22,