Now that she’s one of the most famous women in the world, the Dutchess of Cambridge is a prime target for nutters. Kate Middleton had to undergo personal safety training on how to handle a kidnapping. The British Special Air Service, or SAS, trained Middleton on “key survival skills such as noticing anything unusual in routine surroundings, how to react when attacked and how to build a relationship with hostage-takers,” according to the UK’s Sun. Having the glossiest head of hair in the world comes with its risks!
Middleton learned “tough, physically and mentally” grueling tasks like how to drive under pressure and how to pass along coded messages; Prince William’s training had him bundled in a car for a mock ambush. Other royals to undergo personal safety training include Prince Charles, the late Princess Diana, and the Queen. Apparently the training works: when a homeless man scaled the palace walls and broke into the Queen’s bedroom in 1982, she chatted with him for 10 minutes without being harmed. (When the man asked for a cigarette, she called a servant to get him one and was then able to alert her staff to the fact she had an intruder.)
While it is certainly creepy to consider a kidnapping, this actually sounds fun — like spy school. And it’s always useful to know how to say “Don’t cut off my hair please” in 16 different languages.