You Won’t Believe How Many Security Officers Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are doing their best to put their royal lives behind them and focus on the future. The couple left the United Kingdom for North America in early January, and they’ve been slowly adapting to their new lives. But moving somewhere completely new is likely a high security risk for the two — and you won’t believe how many security officers protect Meghan, Harry, and Archie every day.

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Harry and Meghan left the royal family after a tough battle with acceptance

When Meghan and Harry first wed back in 2018, it seemed like it was going to be an exciting new beginning for the prince, who had been through a lot in his royal life. But, unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. Rather, the press immediately began to berate Meghan, suggesting she would never amount to everything Kate Middleton is. The press’ scrutiny of the duchess led the public to form a negative opinion of her as well.

After less than two years of marriage, Harry and Meghan ultimately decided to leave the family. The two took a six-week hiatus in late 2019 to spend some time alone, and when they returned, they announced they were leaving the royal life behind.

The couple’s security reportedly costs as much as $7.8 million per year

Harry and Meghan have since left the United Kingdom for Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and they seem to be enjoying their new lives. Meghan has been spotted hiking with Archie and the dogs, while Harry has reportedly been seen purchasing lunch for the two at a local sandwich shop.

Leading a peaceful life comes at a price, though. Meghan and Harry are still two of the most famous people in the world, despite working hard to obtain privacy. And protecting them carries a massive cost. Harry and Meghan’s security bill reportedly runs somewhere between $3.8 million and $7.8 million per year. Right now, it’s unclear who will end up paying for security; it’s reportedly still the taxpayers, but that could change.

The two have 15 security officers protecting them

Harry and Meghan have an extremely hefty security team. The two reportedly have 15 security officers working around the clock to protect them and their son, Archie. When Meghan was photographed hiking in Canada, there were clearly two security officers walking right behind her. The Sun reports that all 15 officers stay in three other houses as well as Meghan and Harry’s home.

The number of officers is higher than what was originally expected for the two, but living somewhere so new, it makes sense that they would want extra protection. The officers are reportedly a mix of British security detail and Canadian Mountees.

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There have been rumors their security guards are unhappy

Sources close to the couple’s security detail have revealed that the officers are unhappy with their treatment from Harry and Meghan. The officers allege that they’ve had to run errands for the couple and do “menial tasks” other than protecting the two.

“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,” a source told The Sun. it’s unclear how true the source’s words are, as Harry and Meghan have always been independent when it comes to something like buying groceries.