Brit mode on! Prince Harry teaches Meghan Markle drive on the left before she takes the UK driving test
The former 'Suits' star has been seen brushing up on her driving skills inside the grounds at Kensington Palace, where she lives with Harry
Weeks before the royal wedding, Meghan Markle has a quick new skill to learn; adapt to drive on the left-hand side of the road. With the help of her beau Prince Harry and his police protection officers, the 36-year-old is gearing to drive a manual car, after years of using an automatic in Canada and the US.
She will also be taught evasive driving techniques as part of a general programme of security training and it is believed the soon-to-be duchess is in the process of applying for a British provisional license. Although all royalty protection vehicles are automatics, it is said that it is important that Markle learns to drive a manual in cases of emergency.
The former 'Suits' star has been seen brushing up on her driving skills inside the grounds at Kensington Palace, where she lives with Harry. It has been reported that, like most North Americans, Markle has always used a left-hand drive automatic vehicle, hence learning to master a right-hand drive manual as a back-up.
The British law allows visitors to the UK from outside the EU are eligible to drive a small vehicle for up to 12 months from the time they first become resident, providing that they have a full, valid driving license from their home country, which Meghan does. If they wish to carry on driving in the UK after that, they need to get a British provisional driving license and pass a theory and practical driving test.
Markle duly moved to the UK after giving up the £40,000 Audi Q5 SUV last year just before announcing the engagement. Like many car firms, Audi has long-standing links with various celebrities and VIPs, who act as ‘ambassadors’ for the brand. Many members of the Royal Family drive Audis and have established close links to the German car company.
The revelations about her driving lessons came as it was learned that Markle has taken part in a mock kidnap by SAS troops as part of her preparation for joining the Royal Family. Soldiers used live ammunition and the actress was put through her paces in a series of grueling exercises as part of the two-day course.
It was devised to ensure she is prepared for all possible emergencies, including being taken a hostage in a terror attack. One former SAS officer told the Sunday Express the course at the SAS HQ in Herefordshire had been ‘devised to frighten the life out of anyone’.
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