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Prince Charles was ‘almost kidnapped by female mob and held for ransom’, new book claims

An all-female group of university students planned to kidnap Prince Charles when he was studying at Cambridge, according to the authors of a new book on the Royals.

The group, from Manchester University, had planned to hold the Prince for ransom, said authors Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac, who penned the upcoming book The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown, from Victoria to Diana, which is set to be released next month.

The pair wrote that police intelligence had learned of the plot which was ‘almost worthy of professional kidnappers,’ the Mirror reported.

The work details the relationship between the Royal Family and the intelligence community, from the reign of Queen Victoria to the death of Princess Diana.



Prince Charles, Prince of Wales enjoys a scotch with Coronation Street land lady Natalie Barnes, played by Denise Welch, in 2009
The Prince of Wales was almost involved in a kidnapping plot

In an extract from the book, the authors described how when Charles was studying at Cambridge his Special Branch guards would follow him in a ‘rather beaten-up old Land Rover at a respectful distance.’

Published in the Mail Online the authors wrote: “But their biggest worry was young women, and this became a particular problem in the Rag Week of 1968 — an annual, anarchic event when students dressed up in silly clothes and played pranks to raise money for charity.

“According to Michael Varney, the Prince’s personal bodyguard, events ‘came within a hairsbreadth’ of disaster. Varney learnt through police intelligence that a group of female Manchester University students, ‘all Women’s Libbers of the most strident kind’, planned to raid Trinity, kidnap Charles and hold him to ransom.



Police intelligence had learned of the plot which was 'almost worthy of professional kidnappers'
Police intelligence had learned of the plot which was ‘almost worthy of professional kidnappers’

“Worse still, ‘a fifth column’ existed inside Cambridge since the team from Manchester had eager and willing accomplices from the women of Girton College. Together, they were keen to pull off ‘their coup’ without ‘any male assistance whatsoever’.”

The authors go on to claim that the apparent plot was ‘a well-planned operation almost worthy of professional kidnappers.’

They claim the Manchester group had hired a ‘getaway car’ and had arranged a safe house for their apparent target.



Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac, who penned the upcoming book The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown, from Victoria to Diana
Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac, who penned the upcoming book The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown, from Victoria to Diana

Police were said to have referred to the group as a ‘squad of Amazons’ who were ready to ‘cart Prince Charles off bodily.’

The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown, from Victoria to Diana is authored by Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac and will be published by Atlantic on October 7.

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Prince Charles was 'almost kidnapped by female mob and held for ransom', new book claims
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