Prince Harry Figured the Easiest Way to Get Meghan Protection Was to ‘Marry Her as Quickly as Possible,’ Royal Author Says

Many royal fans remember watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s wedding in 2018. At the time, it seemed like everyone was witnessing a real-life fairy tale as the British prince and American TV star said ” I do.” However, within two years the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided that they didn’t want to live their happily ever after behind palace walls so they moved to California where they reside today with their two children.

The couple has previously spoken about the importance of having a private security detail. And now, it’s being reported that Harry wanted royal police protection for Meghan early on and decided the “best way” to get that was to marry her as quickly as possible. Here’s more on that.

Prince Harry, who reportedly thought the best way to get Meghan Markle protection was through marriage, waves to the crowd with his wife during the carriage procession following their wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wave to the crowd during the carriage procession following their wedding | Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince William thought Harry was moving too fast by marrying Meghan so quickly

Prince Harry and Meghan began dating in 2016 and in November 2017, the world learned that they were engaged. Some never saw any problem with that time frame but Harry’s brother, Prince William, is not one of those people.

The Duke of Cambridge dated Kate Middleton for several years before he proposed so William thought Harry was moving too fast with Meghan and reportedly told his sibling not to rush things. According to the biography Finding Freedom, by Carolyn Durrand and Omid Scobie, that advice is said to have infuriated the younger prince who was appalled that he wasn’t getting the support he wanted from his older brother.

Harry reportedly said ‘the best way I can protect Meghan is to marry her’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle holding hands as they leave St George's Chapel on their wedding day
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle holding hands as they leave St George’s Chapel on their wedding day | Ben STANSALL – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Express noted that Tina Brown authored The Palace Papers: Inside The House Of Windsor – The Truth And The Turmoil and spoke to over 120 people who know the senior royals about William’s initial concerns with Meghan and Harry getting engaged in 2017. She said she was told that one of the reasons Harry was deadset on marrying Meghan so fast is because he viewed that as the easiest to get her police protection.

Brown’s sources claim that Harry responded to William by saying he wanted Meghan to have the police protection that she would be entitled to when they married.

In her book Brown writes: “To his brother’s concerns, Harry’s riposte can be summarised as, I am told, ‘Well, actually the best way I can protect her is to marry her as quickly as possible because as soon as I marry her she will then get police protection.’”

Police protection is a bit of a concern for the Sussexes now that they stepped down

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry embrace a competitor at day two of the Invictus Games
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry embrace a competitor at day two of the Invictus Games | Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

Meghan did receive that royal police protection when they got married but lost it when she and the Duke of Sussex stepped down as senior royals. Since living in America the pair has had to fund their own private security team.

The security they pay for today is something Harry stated that he wants to have whenever he and his family travel to England. However, the Daily Mail reported that “When Harry left The Firm the terms [of his exit] were clear. Like other members of the public, he and his wife are not able to hire armed cops at will — no matter how much they offer to pay.” Therefore, the security the Sussexes have in the U.S. can not be replicated in the U.K. because people aren’t allowed to walk the streets with guns.

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