Prince William given special request by MoD for first visit since Kate Middleton’s ‘security breach’

By Staff

According to royal sources, the Prince of Wales went on a private visit to the Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks in Windsor in his role as Colonel of the regiment – and the MoD requested for it to be private

The Prince of Wales went on a private visit to the Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks in Windsor in his role as Colonel of the regiment.

According to royal sources, the Ministry of Defence asked for it to be a private visit. It comes as investigation has been launched at the hospital where the Princess of Wales was treated, over claims that staff attempted to access her private medical records.

Bosses have launched a probe into claims that Kate’s confidentiality was breached while she was a patient in The London Clinic in January. At least one member of staff was said to have been caught trying to access the 42-year-old’s notes.

The allegations has sent shock waves through the hospital in ­Marylebone, Central London, which has a reputation for discreetly treating members of the Royal Family, former presidents, Prime Ministers, and celebrities. One insider revealed: “This is a major security breach and incredibly damaging for the hospital, given its unblemished reputation for treating members of the Royal Family.

“Senior hospital bosses contacted Kensington Palace immediately after the incident was brought to their attention and assured the palace there would be a full investigation. The whole medical staff have been left utterly shocked and distraught over the allegations and were very hurt that a trusted colleague could have possibly been responsible for such a breach of trust and ethics.”

It is a criminal offence for any staff in an NHS or private healthcare setting to access the medical records of a patient without the consent of the organisation’s data controller. The Metropolitan Police did not confirm whether it had been informed of the allegations.

The London clinic refused to comment on the claims, but said: “We firmly believe that all our patients, no matter their status, deserve total privacy and confidentiality regarding their medical information.” The hospital informed the Palace of the alleged breach as soon as it was discovered, sources said. Kensington Palace said: “This is a matter for The London Clinic.”

The news comes after video and pictures emerged this week of Kate and Prince William at a farm shop in Windsor, against the backdrop of conspiracy theories about her continued absence since having an abdominal operation.

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