Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Cost Taxpayers an Additional $65,000
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently traveled to the United Kingdom for some of their last royal duties before officially giving up their roles as senior royals at the end of March. The two flew separately, and surprisingly, it doesn’t seem like Archie made the trip. While some people understand why Archie didn’t fly with the couple, the move reportedly ended up costing taxpayers an extra $65,000 — here’s why.
Archie hasn’t been back to the U.K. in more than three months
When Harry and Meghan left the U.K. to head to Canada for six weeks, Archie went with them, of course. But since then, they’ve returned twice while he has remained in Canada both times. The 10-month-old has spent plenty of time with his parents since they first took their extended holiday in November. However, he has not been back to see the rest of the family. Meghan and Harry might find that it’s easier to travel without him, though it’s not completely clear why they’ve left him home for both trips.
There are several reasons the two might have wanted to keep Archie home
Neither Meghan nor Harry has spoken out about why they chose to leave Archie behind, but there are a few factors that might have played into the decision. Archie is still young, and it’s possible they don’t want to bring him on commercial flights (which tend to be their choice of transportation these days) due to reasons such as the coronavirus or just the idea of him getting fussy.
The two are likely very concerned for Archie’s safety; if they did travel commercial, they might not have wanted anyone to notice that he was on the plane and ultimately felt it was best to travel without him.
Separating the family’s security cost taxpayers an extra $65,000
Though the decision to leave Archie home might have been in everyone’s best interest, it came at the expense of the taxpayers. According to Express, the move of separating Meghan and Harry’s security team to allow some to stay behind and protect Archie cost a reported $65,000 more than keeping the team together. It’s possible the two had to bring in additional guards to protect their son while they are away, which might have increased the cost.
Archie’s safety is of the utmost importance, and the additional cost to taxpayers is infinitesimal when divided among all taxpayers who contribute to the couple’s security. However, it was still enough to anger some.
Queen Elizabeth reportedly misses her great-grandson
The queen has said in writing that she accepts the couple’s wish for a more private life. And, according to reports, she wants Meghan and Harry to be happy and is willing to allow them to leave the family for that to happen. But royal insiders claim the queen is very sad about never seeing her great-grandson.
It makes sense that the queen would miss Archie, since he’s still so young and hasn’t spent any time with the royals since at least November. Hopefully Archie will head back to the U.K. in the spring when Meghan and Harry presumably return for the queen’s birthday celebration.