Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Underwent Intense Security Training to Join the Royal Family

Before joining the royal family, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle both reportedly underwent intense security training to prepare them for royal life's dangers.

london, england july 14 catherine, duchess of cambridge and meghan, duchess of sussex applaud ahead of the ladies' singles final match between serena williams of the united states and angelique kerber of germany on day twelve of the wimbledon lawn tennis championships at all england lawn tennis and croquet club on july 14, 2018 in london, england photo by michael steelegetty images
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Joining the royal family (opens in new tab) is a whole thing. In addition to the obvious things, like the royal protocols (opens in new tab) they have to learn and the insane media scrutiny (opens in new tab) they have to endure, hopeful royals-in-law also have to go through an almost bizarrely intense security training program.

In their best-selling royal biography, Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family (opens in new tab), authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand described the training Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) went through in her journey to the royal family, which is reportedly the same program Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) completed just after her royal wedding to Prince William (opens in new tab) in 2011.

"Meghan took part in a staged kidnapping, where she was bundled up in a car by a 'terrorist,' taken to a different location, and then 'saved' by officers firing fake guns (the kind used in Hollywood films) for realism," the authors wrote, according to People (opens in new tab). "During the mock kidnapping, Meghan was taught to develop a relationship with the enemy. She was also instructed on how to drive a car while in pursuit."

Unsurprising, a source close to Meghan told the authors that it was an "extremely tense and scary experience" for the Duchess of Sussex (opens in new tab). No kidding. It sounds like living the movie Taken (opens in new tab), which is to say terrifying and intense.

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