Charles’ biggest security threat is incel lone wolves, warns Di’s ex-bodyguard

Incel-style “lone wolf” attackers raging about the cost of living crisis will be the biggest threat at King Charles’ coronation, Princess Diana’s ex-bodyguard has warned.

Former police protection officer Ken Wharfe, 73, oversaw security at Di’s funeral at Westminster Abbey where Charles, 74, and his 75-year-old wife Queen Consort Camilla will be crowned on May 6.

He spoke out about what he believes is the biggest single threat to the couple after it emerged there are now hundreds of royal stalkers on the radar of the Royalty and Specialist Protection (RaSP) team.

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The news comes after a 59-year-old man was arrested outside Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night after throwing suspected shotgun cartridges into the grounds, before he was detained under the Mental Health Act.

Despite fears terrorists, anarchists, republicans and eco-warriors are poised to disrupt the coronation, Ken – who guarded Diana for six years – said: “The real risk is the lone attacker. I don’t really think we should be concerned with republicanism, and there will be cordons to keep protestors at least a mile from the coronation procession.

“The ones waving banners saying, ‘We don’t want you Charles’ and ‘We don’t want the King’ tend not to be hostile.

“The serious risk is from someone who wants to attack the King or mount an assassination attempt. That is the biggest fear in these circumstances.”

The retired bodyguard-turned security consultant added: “Let’s be quite clear about this – no one can guarantee 100% security. The only way to guarantee 100% security is not have a coronation at all, and let the King be crowned in the throne room of Buckingham Palace. But that is not going to happen.”

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Ken said of the rise in the number of so-called “fixated persons” who could target the monarchy: “They would have been called ‘nutters’ in non-politically correct times, but are now termed ‘fixated individuals’.

“Many of them are mentally ill, and what actions they could take are unknown.

“I learned about many of them during my time with Diana. There are probably many thousands of them within the United Kingdom, and there is a central index now listing those individuals fixated with the royals.

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“I met many of them, and the majority are harmless, but there is the odd 1% who have this desire to go and touch their King, and it is highly possible they may want to jump the barrier on the day of the coronation.”

Ken added those who attack royalty usually want to “make a point” and have a “political motivation”.

He added about how the cost of living crisis and hatred of the privileged monarchy could fuel potential “lone wolf” attacks on May 6: “We live in complicated times, with possibly a lot of hatred towards the monarchy due to their lifestyles.

“The publicity that now surrounds the royal family is also a lot more negative than it was 30 or 40 years ago and that, plus social media fuelling anger in a younger generation about where the royal family sits could motivate these ‘fixated individuals’ to take action.”

Ken’s books on his days looking after Diana – Guarding Princess Diana, and Diana: Closely Guarded Secret – are available via his website at .


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