Meghan Markle was fake 'kidnapped' to prepare for royal life

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  • Meghan Markle embarked on a two-day training course after it was announced she would officially be joining the royal family.
  • Meghan was trained by the British Army's SAS headquarters.
  • The Duchess of Sussex was trained in everything from learning royal protocol to preparing for potential hostage and terrorist situations.

After Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle in 2017, the soon-to-be Duchess of Sussex had to undergo an intense two-day training course.

According to Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand's newly published book on the couple, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family, Meghan was trained by the British Army's SAS headquarters in preparation for royal life.

Her training included everything from learning royal protocol to preparing for potential hostage and terrorist situations. The latter even included a fake kidnapping.

"Meghan took part in a staged kidnapping, where she was bundled into the back of a car by a 'terrorist', taken to a different location, and then 'saved' by officers using fake guns," the co-authors say.

"During the mock kidnapping, Meghan was even taught to develop a relationship with the enemy. She was also instructed on how to drive a car while in pursuit."

According to Business Insider, other training included a run-down on when to curtsy and to whom, as well as how to exit a car while wearing a pencil skirt.

Meghan Markle learned the hard way that royals do not close their own doors when stepping out of vehicles. When she attended her first solo engagement in 2018, she did just that as she stepped out of the car at the Royal Academy of Arts. Reporters called it the "car door heard around the world".

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