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An ex-bodyguard has weighed in on the rumour that King Charles III's security guards were wearing fake hands.
Have a look at the video below to see what we're on about:
As the Queen's lying in state and funeral got underway in London, speculation grew around whether King Charles’ security guards were wearing ‘fake hands’ concealing weapons.
Footage has circulated online of the bodyguards keeping their hands very, very still and Royal fans have been trying to figure it out.
Now, security expert and ex-bodyguard Will Geddes has explained why wearing fake hands is actually going to be more of an inconvenience for the men protecting the new king.
Speaking to The Metro, Geddes claimed he had never used fake hands despite his 30 year period working in the industry.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
The watchful eye of die-hard Royal fans also noticed the strong grip of the guards, which to them indicated signs of rubber hands.
However, Will is certain that it is not the case and has even admitted it would put the new monarch’s bodyguards at more of a disadvantage.
He revealed: “There are so many potential issues if they were to [use fake hands]. It’s obvious the reasons why they must be fake.
“It’s 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.”
He also made reference to the difference in security procedures in the UK and the US, claiming Americans are more trigger happy.
He said: “It is something that could be used in the US, 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.”