An ex-bodyguard has debunked claims that King Charles’s security guards have been using fake hands.
People said they believe they are decoys for weapons hidden underneath their coats, but Will Geddes has explained why it can’t be true.
A security expert of nearly 30 years, Will told Metro.co.uk that although it might be a tactic in the US it wouldn’t be used by guards in Britain.
He said: ‘They definitely aren’t fake hands; I can understand why some people might have thought they were because of what looks like an incredibly tight grip but they definitely aren’t.
‘It isn’t a tactic that is used at all in the UK, there might be all sorts of other tricks and stunts that security officers use to make sure high-profile individuals are kept safe, but this wouldn’t be one of them.’
He said in the US close protection officers are more ‘trigger happy’ and it could be used there, but the ‘risk is too high’ in the UK.
He added: ‘There are so many potential issues if they were to do it.
‘It’s obvious the reasons why they must be fake.’
‘They couldn’t have their hands on a weapon and then have fake hands. It also looks pretty obvious if they were to have fake hands.
‘It is just unnecessary and there are just so many issues which are potentially complicated by having fake hands.
‘Again, holding a weapon there are potential safety issues in terms of the weapon being loaded and even firing unexpectedly.
Why Prince Charles bodyguards DON’T use fake hands
Will Geddes, security expert has explained why King Charles’s bodyguards DON’T use fake hands
- It is ‘unnecessary’ and there are security issues
- It would hinder the officer rather than help them if they were to try and grab their weapon quickly
- Officers wouldn’t be able to react quick enough
‘The theory that one would speculate is that it allows the personal protection officer (PPO) to be able to get to his weapon super quickly.
‘But to be honest it should be a question of evaluating the crowds far better, assessing the threat far better, planning the event or the walkabout far better.
‘Rather than be in a position where I can grab my weapon and fast draw it.
‘In the 30 odd years of working in the security industry I’ve never used rubber hands.’
He added: ‘It is something that could be used in the U.S, where they are more trigger happy, but not in this country.
‘Especially at the moment and following the death of Chris Kaba, police and protection officers are on even higher alert than usual.’
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