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.

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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.

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Tonight in London, for their third consecutive year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Endeavour Fund Awards, which celebrates the achievements of those veterans injured in service who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. By choosing to take on what seems impossible, these men and women not only set goals for themselves but have also inspired millions of people around the world. These annual awards bring together The Duke and The Duchess alongside wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans as well as their families, friends and supporters of the military community. The Duke, who founded the @EndeavourFund, spoke on the night: • “The Endeavour Fund came from seeing the gaping hole that can be left after taking off that uniform. The power that sport and adventurous challenge plays in recovery, yes; but most of all – the chance to be part of a team again while attempting to achieve unthinkable challenges – as if being shot or blown up wasn’t enough, you guys continue to impress, inspire and challenge what it means to have a life changing injury.” • Since its launch in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported 108 projects that have directly assisted over 6,000 of those injured in service. Congratulations to all those who participated in endeavours over the last year and inspired others to push the boundaries of what’s possible! #EndeavorFundAwards

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Meghan and Harry are back in the U.K. for a short time.

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.