OPINION | Confessions of a royal tour: royal lingo

2019-10-02 15:25
 
The Sussexes (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

So, nine days into the Sussexes tour and I’m proud to say I’ve picked up some royal lingo.

Yup, all that standing around for hours waiting means I’ve overheard a few choice tidbits from those VIP men and women who buzz around the Sussexes before and after any appearance and who boast strange, long titles such as Head of Digital Comms & Social Media or Operations Manager for Very Important Events.

Incidentally these peeps are instantly identifiable by their vigorous marching about, clipboard in hand while barking out orders in posh British accents.

Anyway I’ve since discovered that “We’ll have to check that with KP” means Kensington Palace; “Ask that PPO over there” means Personal Protection Officer – aka bodyguard-to-Harry or Meghan – and “Take them to The Range” is not a country house they’re staying at but the Range Rover tasked with ferrying them around (word is six of the cars were brought over from the UK specifically for that purpose).

According to those involved in organising the tour, in the months leading up to the tour, Meghan and Harry could only be referred to in conversations as “The Principle” and not by their names. “We weren’t allowed to reveal their identities at all due to security concerns,” a source told us.

Nici de Wet is YOU’s senior journalist who reported from the ground during their Royal Highnesses Africa tour.

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