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Princess Diana’s bodyguard left ‘surprised’

King Charles and Camilla targeted with eggs in York

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Princess Diana’s bodyguard was left “surprised” as the man who pelted egg on King Charles and Camilla was not spotted sooner, a news report has claimed. A 23-year-old man was arrested after eggs were thrown at the King and Queen Consort during a visit to York.

The 23-year-old was heard to shout “this country was built on the blood of slaves” as he was restrained.

The man, a University of York student, was held on suspicion of a public order offense and remains in custody.

People in the crowd started chanting “God save the King” and “shame on you” at the demonstrator.

Ken Wharfe, who served as a bodyguard to Princess Diana told MailOnline that he would have liked to have seen the royal couple moved from the scene quicker than they were.

Mr Wharfe, the late Princess of Wales’ bodyguard, told MailOnline: “There’s always a risk involved with public walkabouts and it’s impossible to check everyone in the crowd.

“Ordinarily on a walkabout you’d have somebody behind the crowd following the King and the protection detail so I’m surprised it wasn’t picked up earlier.

“And having looked at the clips I would have personally liked to have seen the King and Queen Consort moved away quicker.”

Mr Wharfe added that it is hard to know what is going to happen next in such situations or “what people’s intentions are”.

He said the pelting could have been a decoy and it’s “important to get them away as soon as possible”.

However, Mr Wharfe recognised the incident, in the end, wasn’t life-threatening and likely wouldn’t have phased the King, who “would have cracked a joke about it”, he quipped.

Mr Wharfe playfully suggested that the King wouldn’t have minded, so long as the eggs were free range.

The incident occurred on the second day of an official royal visit to Yorkshire, during which the King and Queen Consort later travelled to Doncaster.

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The university said it was “appalled” by the images and would be reviewing the incident in line with its misconduct procedures.

The royal couple were being welcomed by city leaders in York when several eggs were thrown at them as the protester booed the pair.

Charles continued shaking hands with dignitaries including the Lord Mayor as the eggs flew in his direction, pausing briefly to look at the cracked shells on the ground.

The eggs missed the King and Queen Consort and they were ushered away.

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