A “potentially dangerous” World War II shell was found near the £2 million estate of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, earlier this week.
The six-inch tip of what appeared to be a shell was found by a treasure hunter who had been using a metal detector at a farm next to Camilla’s estate in Lacock, Wiltshire.
Farmer Chris Doel, who owns Reybridge Farm where the shell was found, said: “I wasn’t here while everything was going on, but my son Alex was here, and was approached by Steve, who found the shell.
“We plough the field every year and so we must have hit it each time because it was only about six inches beneath the soil.”
Army bomb disposal specialists took nearly two-and-a-half hours to safely remove the bomb, while Camilla’s security team were put on high alert.
Valerie Wagstaff, a police community support officer, said: “The device was removed safely by a disposal unit.
“But in the wrong hands the device would have been potentially dangerous and somebody could have been hurt.”
Neither Camilla nor her husband, Britain’s Prince Charles, were on the property at the time of the scare.