An ex-bodyguard has weighed in on the rumour that King Charles III's bodyguards used fake hands in public as His Majesty met with crowds in London earlier this week.
Images and videos circulating online caused a stir as royal fans speculated the King's bodyguards were wearing rubber arms, allowing them to hold concealed weapons under their coats in a bid to protect the new monarch.
Speaking to The Metro, security expert Will Geddes debunked the bizarre rumour, claiming that in nearly 30 years of working in the industry, he had never used a fake hand.
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Geddes said: "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.
"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."
Eagle-eyed royal fans believed that the tell-tale signs of the rubber hands included the guards' strong grip.
However, Geddes explained that using rubber hands to allow the wearer to conceal their real ones and covertly hold weapons carried far more risk than it was worth.
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He added: "There are so many potential issues if they were to do it. It’s obvious the reasons why they must be fake.
"They couldn’t have their hands on a weapon and then have fake hands. It also looks pretty obvious if they were to have fake hands.
"It is 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.
"The theory that one would speculate is that it allows the personal protection officer to be able to get to his weapon super quickly.
"But to be honest it should be a question of evaluating the crowds far better, assessing the threat far better, planning the event or the walkabout far better. Rather than be in a position where I can grab my weapon and fast draw it.
"In the 30 odd years of working in the security industry, I’ve never used rubber hands."
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