Prince Harry slapped one of his own security guards nicknamed ‘Billy the Rock’ after a night of heavy drinking
- Prince Harry attacked a Scotland Yard protection officer during a 2007 Paris trip
- Harry turned on Sergeant Bill Renshaw after a night of heavy drinking
- ‘I growled at him, swung on him, slapped his head,’ Harry writes in his memoir
Prince Harry attacked one of the highly trained Scotland Yard protection officers who looked after him, he reveals in Spare.
Harry tells a number of stories about ‘Billy the Rock’ – identified by The Mail on Sunday as Sergeant Bill Renshaw – including how he helped Harry escape the paparazzi after leaving nightclubs by letting him jump into the boot of his car before closing the lid on him ‘like a coffin’. Billy was even on duty during Harry’s infamous trip to Las Vegas in 2012.
The most astonishing story of their close bond, however, is seen during an episode in which Harry launches a violent attack on Billy as he was working to protect him.
During a trip to Paris in 2007, Harry was determined to retrace his mother’s final journey. After visiting the tunnel in which she died, Harry turned on Billy after a night of heavy drinking.
Prince Harry attacked one of the highly trained Scotland Yard protection officers who looked after him, he reveals in Spare. The Duke of Sussex is pictured on January 10 during his appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
During a trip to Paris in 2007, Harry turned on Sergeant Bill Renshaw after a night of heavy drinking and ‘growled at him, swung on him, slapped his head.’ Harry is pictured in Paris, 2007
Harry says: ‘When Billy the Rock escorted me back to the hotel, I tried to pick a fight with him. I growled at him, swung on him, slapped his head.
‘He barely reacted. He just frowned like an ultra-patient parent. I slapped him again. I loved him but I was determined to hurt him.
‘He’d seen me like this before. Once, maybe twice. I heard him say to another bodyguard, “He’s a handful tonight.” ’
The Prince then details how Billy and another bodyguard ‘poured’ him into bed – but when they thought he was sleeping, he got up and slipped past them, walking along the Seine on his own.
He writes how he told his brother about his visit to the spot where their mother died. He says: ‘None of it came as news to him. Turned out, he’d driven the tunnel too.’
While his mother, the late Princess Diana, had referred to her butler Paul Burrell as her ‘rock’, Harry gave his security guard the same nickname.
Sgt Renshaw retired from the Metropolitan Police in 2017 and took up a role with the Rugby Football Union.
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