Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Security Officers Are Really Upset Right Now
Though it has not even been one month since Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced that they will be stepping back from their duties as working royals, they have already settled into life in North America.
The duo are currently on Vancouver Island in Canada with their son, Archie Harrison. Though the paparazzi have snapped some photos of the duo out and about on the picturesque island, they’ve mostly been keeping to themselves as they decide how to press forward in their new independent lives.
Still, one of the duo’s major concerns is their safety and security. The cost of their protection, as well as the duties of their current royal protection team, are causing a bit of strife.
Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s happy new life
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s choice to step away from their royal roles was so they could have a peaceful life. In fact, after watching the bulling and harassment that his wife endured — it was Prince Harry who decided enough is enough. “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” Prince Harry revealed in a candid speech.“It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
Thankfully, it looks like the move to Canada was the right choice for the Sussexes.
“Meghan is so happy,” an insider explained to US Weekly, “She doesn’t come from millions. She’s worked hard to get to where she is today. Meghan loves the idea of being the breadwinner. She has no plans to do another show like Suits, but Harry’s been encouraging her to do more voice-over work, writing, producing and directing in her free time.” As for Prince Harry, “He’s really excited about the next chapter in their lives.”
However, the Sussexes’ security is causing a major headache.
This is who is paying for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s security
Though they are no longer working royals, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are still two of the most recognizable people on the planet. Therefore, for their safety, they have 15 highly-trained close protection experts guarding them 24-hours a day. Currently, British taxpayers are still footing the bill for their security.
“It is the British taxpayers who are going to be funding the security,” royal expert Dickie Arbiterwith to The Evening Standard. “It will have to happen because Harry has served in the army and is a risk. Prince Harry is a terrorist target and he has to be protected.”
However, Canada could take over the bill at some point moving forward. “No, we haven’t spent any time thinking about this issue,” Bill Morneau, Canada’s finance minister. told CBC reporters in Jan. 2019. “We obviously are always looking to make sure, as a member of the Commonwealth, we play a role. We have not had any discussions on that subject at this time.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s security officers are furious
Unfortunately, things are so chill in Canada that the Sussexes’ royal protection officers are complaining about how little they have to do.
“While the guys are happy to be out there doing the jobs, there is a feeling they are carrying out menial tasks, like picking up takeaways and groceries,” an insider told The Sun. “They are close protection officers—and should be sticking solely to close protection rather than running errands. It is dangerous for one thing, because if something were to happen it would not be good if one of them was away running an errand or picking up coffee. And they are the ones who would get it in the neck from their bosses if they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Hopefully, the Sussexes can work out their security issues too.