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Princess Di's Bodyguard Blames Her Sons For Royal Drama, They've "Let Themselves Down"


Even though we're not part of the monarchy, it's easy to assume growing up in the royal family will only add to a young person's unavoidable teenage angst.

However, there very few excuses people can say for having poor behavior, and spending time in the spotlight is not one of them.

While we've seen Meghan Markle's relatives become outspoken when discussing their estranged relative, they're not the only ones chiming in on the actions of the monarchy.

"If anyone has let them down it’s probably themselves."

From 1986 to 1993, Ken Wharfe had been Princess Diana's bodyguard, where he was tasked with protecting her along with her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Although he hasn't worked for royals in years, he asserted that it's the brothers' past actions that has ruined the reputation of the royal family - especially Harry's.

In an interview with Yahoo!'s The Royal Box, the 69-year-old said while the Duke of Sussex's past stunts weren't meant to have gone public, he should have been prepared if they inevitably did.

“I don’t think people have let them down, if anyone has let them down it’s probably themselves,” Wharfe said.

“If you look at Harry, for example, he came into public notice through his untimely wearing of a Nazi outfit on the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust.

“We all know he didn’t do this intentionally and it was a private party.”

“But it wasn’t said, in the same way it wasn’t said when he invited a number of women to his room with their mobile phones.”

“All these things gave him the negative publicity – you can’t blame anyone for that other than himself, but that is also part of the Royal protection officer’s role."

"It’s their bread and butter."

In the same interview, Wharfe shared he didn't believe the paparazzi were the only ones to blame for the Princess of Wales' tragic death, starkly contradicting the beliefs of William and Harry.

"From my experience of working with Diana for nine years, every foreign holiday we went on, it wasn’t the odd paparazzi that would turn up we’re talking 60 to 70 journalists," the former Metropolitan Police officer explained.

"It’s in their interest to keep Diana alive and any other member of the royal family. It’s their bread and butter."

"Yes some were pursuing Diana, but there weren’t, in my view, ultimately the cause of that death."

Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul were involved in a fatal car crash in August 1997, which sent the nation into mourning.

One of the two memorials to Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Al-Fayed, located in the Harrods department store in London.By Bobak Ha'Eri from Wikimedia Commons

Two years later, a French judicial investigation found Paul was found culpable over the accident, as he was more than three times over the legal blood alcohol limit, and had anti-depressants and traces of an anti-psychotics mixed in his body at the time of the crash.

However, in 2007, an inquest surrounding Diana's passing revealed that while Paul's actions ultimately led to their deaths, the press' negligent driving on the fateful night was a contributing factor.

The Alma tunnel in Paris, where Princess Diana died in a car crashBy Erik1980 (own photo), via Wikimedia Commons

[H/T: The Royal Box, Econo Times]

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