A pretty penny! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could potentially pay a hefty fee out of their own pockets for top-tier security in the U.K., according to royal expert Richard Aitch. Where Do Harry and Meghan Stand With the Rest of the Royal Family?
“It’s very difficult to put a figure exactly on it,” the director of operations for Mobius International Security told Us Weekly exclusively earlier this month. “The cost for a personal protection officer from the [Metropolitan Police] has been estimated to be around £100,000 a year.”
The security expert noted that the cost could “considerably” fluctuate “over time” with the addition of other expenses, including flights and accommodations abroad. The couple’s children — son Archie, 2, and daughter Lilibet, 7 months — also factor into the fee.
“What may appear as a wish on paper is far more in reality, and the costs can certainly be quite huge,” Aitch told Us. Harry, 36, issued a statement earlier this month regarding his fight to secure proper protection for his family in his home country following his 2020 royal exit and subsequent move to California. He and the Suits alum, 40, funded their own security team after settling down in North America.
“That security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the U.K.,” the statement added. “In absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return home.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in January 2020 that they intended to step down from their senior royal duties. According to his statement, Harry offered to personally pay for U.K. security for his family during conversations with Queen Elizabeth II and other royals — but didn’t get approval.
“The U.K. will always be Prince Harry’s home and country he wants his wife and children to be safe in,” the statement concluded. “With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk. Prince Harry hopes that his petition — after close to two years of pleas for security in the U.K. — will resolve this situation.”