SAS vow to 'take a bullet' for Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day
GETTYROYALS: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will be a 'security nightmare'
The elite close protection unit is made up of 30 of the regiment's most hardened soldiers. Specially selected from the SAS's special projects team, they have all served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The prince and his fiancee have already met some of them and have thanked them for their loyalty and service.
It is understood the troops will get the latest sniper rifles and some will have new "smart ammunition" for the first time. The US-designed bullets can change course mid-flight to follow a moving target.
Crowds welcome Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to ScotlandPrince Harry and Meghan receive a warm welcome as they arrive at Edinburgh Castle for their Scotland tour.PAPrince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Edinburgh Castle during their royal visit
"Any terrorist attack during the wedding would be seen as a major coup for jihadists"Source
Half the team will be in plain clothes, ready to snatch Harry and Meghan from any hostile situation. The rest of the team will be responsible for watching routes into and out of the area of Windsor Castle on May 19.
The unit will work closely with the police and Special Reconnaissance Regiment who will keep an eye on crowds of well-wishers. The royal wedding will see one of the largest security operations ever in the UK. A source said: "It's a security nightmare.
Hundreds of people - including VIPs from around the world - will be attending. Each one of them will have their own security issues.
"This is why a special team will focus on Harry and Meghan. "Any terrorist attack during the wedding would be seen as a major coup for jihadists, so the plan is to disrupt any potential plot before it comes to fruition.
"Just in case it does kick off, we have a very special team whose job will be to get Harry and Meghan out of the danger area. "In training, some of the team met the royal couple and Harry thanked them for all their hard work." Harry's guards have just returned from six weeks working with Delta Force - the US equivalent of the SAS - in North Carolina.
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They trained with the new smart bullets known as EXACTO - EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance. The bullets have a secret guidance system and can change course once fired.
Trials in the US showed a sniper using EXACTO repeatedly hit moving targets.
Most expert snipers are expected to be able to strike a target 600 meters away 90% of the time.
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