According to a news report
on Sunday, the security cover for Princes William and Harry has been stepped up as the officials of Scotland Yard are suspecting that the Princes are prize targets for renegade Irish Republican Army (IRA) terrorists, because they are officers in the British Army.
Number of bodyguards of two Princes on each shift has been increased and the close security guards have been armed with Heckler and Koch MP5 machine guns which are capable of firing 1,000 rounds a minute. These security officials would accompany Princes in the vehicles taking them out officially and socially. These officers would also carry side arms.
After the recent murder of two soldiers and a police officer in Northern Ireland by the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA, the security level of royals has been upgraded fearing that the Irish republican splinter groups might attack the Princes.
A source within the security services said:
“The Princes are regarded as legitimate targets by these madmen. The number of royalty protection officers has been increased from two to three and they are being reinforced by a back-up team of two. No risks are being taken. William and Harry like to get about in London when they are not on duty and that makes them vulnerable.”
However, the job of the Princes’ bodyguards is not going be too easy, especially at the weekend parties. The report says although security officers are concerned about the safety of the royals during such nights out, they also know that William and Harry want their lives as normal as possible.