Prince Charles’ assassination attempt in 1994 was thwarted by his bodyguard (Image: Getty/ABC)
On Australia day, 24 years ago, the heir of the throne was about to commence handing out awards at a ceremony in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, when a former anthropology student fired two shots and jumped on the stage simultaneously. According to Matt Fiddes, Micheal Jackson’s former bodyguard, Prince Charles’s team should have been praised at the highest level as it is thanks to his guard if the future King is still alive. Mr Fiddes told Express.co.uk: “Charles’s bodyguard proved how great the Royal protection team are.
“He jumped to push Prince Charles out of the line of fire.
“And it shows he was willing to put his own life at risk and take a bullet for his client.
“A great example of what a bodyguard should be all about.”
The Australia Day celebration continued afterwards, and the unhurt Prince made no comment on the incident at the time.
The bodyguard jumped to push the Prince of Wales out of the line of the fire (Image: ABC)
The unhurt Prince made no comment on the incident at the time (Image: ABC)
However, according to Mr Fiddes, the Prince of Wales has not forgotten the attack and he was probably concerned about possible incidents during Prince Harry and Meghan’s landmark tour of Oceania.
He noted: “Prince Charles would no doubt ever forget this incident in Australia, so in the back of his and Prince Harry’s mind, this could have been a risk for Meghan and Harry.”
But referring to Meghan Markle’s visit to a market in Fiji, which was cut short due to a security threat, Mr Fiddes added: “All I have seen so far with the Royal protection team is that they are true professionals willing to put their lives in front of the Royal Family.”
Prince Charles’s assassination attempt was not the first time someone tried to kill a member of the Royal Family.
Matt Fiddes is Micheal Jackson’s former bodyguard (Image: AlliancePR)
Meghan Markle’s visit to a market in Fiji was cut short due to a security threat (Image: Getty)
In 1981, Christopher John Lewis, a 17-year-old with a history of crime and mental health problems, shouldered his rifle, aimed at the Queen and squeezed the trigger.
Her Majesty was on a tour of New Zealand and greeting well wishers in the city of Dunedin when Lewis’s shot rang out.
The bullet missed and the authorities – fearful of diplomatic disaster – covered up the assassination attempt, insisting the noise was a council sign falling over or someone letting off fireworks.
The story only came to light this year following an investigation by New Zealand website Stuff – and backed up by a former Dunedin policeman.
Tom Lewis, who had worked the original case, claimed that New Zealand’s Prime Minister Robert Muldoon kept the incident quiet for fear the Royals would not want to return to the country if they knew just how close the Queen had come to being killed.