Several news outlets in Britain are reporting that Prince Charles's wife, Camilla, was physically assaulted during an attack on the couple's car on Thursday.
From the Sun:
The Duchess of Cornwall was physically attacked through an open car window by a rioting thug in central London, it was claimed today.
Reports say a protester managed to push a stick through an open window of the limousine and jab it into her ribs.
Camilla's frightening experience came as a baying mob surrounded her and Prince Charles as they rode through the protests last night.
The Duchess of Cornwall was physically attacked through an open car window as thugs rampaged in London, the Standard can reveal today.
A rioter managed to push a stick into the royal limousine and jab her in the ribs. Camilla's terrifying ordeal came as a baying mob surrounded her and husband Prince Charles when they rode through central London in the vintage Rolls-Royce last night.
A police source said one of the car's rear windows was opened in error as tuition fee protesters moved in.
The Daily Mail:
Camilla was prodded in the ribs with a stick through the open window of their Rolls-Royce as she and Charles were driven to the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.
One of the vintage car's windows was left open by mistake before the vehicle was surrounded by a snarling mob of rioting students and activists.
The car was kicked, rocked and hit with paint bombs as up to 20 demonstrators attacked it and chanted 'Off with their heads!' and 'Tory scum', leaving the couple visibly shaken.
One thug managed to lean into the car through the window nearest to Camilla, who was left terrified by the biggest Royal security lapse in a generation.
While the couple walked away largely unharmed, the startling news Friday is how close the incident came to becoming even worse. According to the same outlets, police officers were seconds away from drawing their guns in order to ward off the attackers.
"Royal protection officers were seconds from drawing their weapons after the Duchess of Cornwall was physically attacked by rioters," the Mail reports.
In the wake of the incident, royal security officials are investigating what the couple's detail could have done better.