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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘Perplexed’ Over £100Million Security Bill

Just before quitting their royal roles, the couple yesterday confirmed they had dropped plans to create a charitable foundation.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are facing a tough time as they look to settle a multi-million dollar security bill after losing their free guard following their move from Canada to the US.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will need to pay top security specialists about £800 ($1,000) a day and a team of guards are needed to patrol around their home according to Dai Davies, a former head of Scotland Yard’s royalty protection unit.

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They or their family, through the Queen or Prince Charles, have become liable for the costs because from today the Sussexes will no longer be working royals able to ask for assistance from host countries. Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, will lose their status as internationally protected persons under a 1973 United Nations treaty.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will now pay privately for their security following their move to Los Angeles earlier this month.

This follows an outburst by the U.S. President, Donald Trump, who publicly announced on social media that America will not pay for their security, “they must pay!” Trump said.

A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are house-hunting for a place to settle with their 10-month-old son, Archie, said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made.”

Home Secretary, Priti Patel, is yet to reveal whether the Sussexes will receive some form of protection at the Treasury’s expense or not.

However, Mr Davies said: “If you look at the cost over their lifetimes it’s got to be £100 million-plus.

“Royalty protection officers at inspector or sergeant level are on £90,000 to £110,000 per year and then you’ve got their travel and accommodation. They fly business class everywhere.

“If you are paying for a top personal protection officer privately that’s going to cost $1,000-a-day at least for top-end people, which is what they will need. You’ll need several of them plus a few to man the gates and do other things.”

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Just before quitting their royal roles, the couple yesterday confirmed they had dropped plans to create a charitable foundation.

Their only outlet will be Travalyst, a not-for-profit organisation created by Harry to promote ethical tourism.

They plan to spend the next few months “focusing on their family and continuing to do what they can, safely and privately, to support and work with their pre-existing charitable commitments while developing their future non-profit organisation”.

Their new chief of staff is Catherine St Laurent, who previously worked for Bill Gates’s wife Melinda.

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