REVEALED

‘It’s a bit embarrassing, we’re meant to exist in
the shadows’: MoD blows Camilla’s undercover role in the Army’s most
secretive unit

  • Defence officials have broken with protocol by identifying highest officer
  • Camilla is highest-ranking Special Reconnaissance Regiment officer
  • Colonel-in-chief is said to be Duchess’ only official Army role
  • It includes visits to unit’s top-secret HQ in Hereford to attend functions 
It
is the Army’s most secretive and elusive unit, whose operations against
terror threats at home and abroad have never been officially detailed.
But
defence officials have now broken with protocol by identifying the
Special Reconnaissance Regiment’s highest-ranking officer – the Duchess
of Cornwall.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has been revealed as the Special Reconnaissance Regiment's highest-ranking officer, a position which should have been kept top-secret

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has
been revealed as the Special Reconnaissance Regiment’s highest-ranking
officer, a position which should have been kept top-secret
According
to a list of recent Ministry of Defence appointments obtained by The
Mail on Sunday, the Duchess is Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment. It is
understood to be her only official Army role and is likely to involve
visits to the unit’s top-secret HQ in Hereford to hand out commendations
and attend functions.
In
the wake of the London terror attacks in 2005, the regiment was linked
to a bungled surveillance operation that resulted in the death of
innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, 27. Last night, Clarence
House and the MoD declined to comment on the Duchess’s role, but defence
sources expressed concern that the unit’s zero tolerance on secrecy had
been breached.
A source said the revelation was a 'bit embarrassing' as the regiment was meant to operate in the shadows. Pictured, Charles and Camilla in Norfolk at the end of July

A source said the revelation was a
‘bit embarrassing’ as the regiment was meant to operate in the shadows.
Pictured, Charles and Camilla in Norfolk at the end of July
One source said: ‘This is a bit embarrassing. The regiment exists in the shadows and everyone wants to stay there.’

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