Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will pay for their personal protection after they stop working for the monarchy, rather than relying on the Royal Family.
From today the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially step back as senior royals and no longer use their HRH titles as they embark on their new “financially independent” life.
But after much debate over who should foot the security bill going forward, a spokeswoman for the Sussexes has now confirmed that protection costs will be “personally covered by the couple”.
The Sun reported that Harry and Meghan have employed a security firm staffed by former SAS soldiers at a cost of around £400 per operative per day.
The couple have already been forced to disclose that they made “privately funded security arrangements” when they moved to Los Angeles with baby son Archie last week, after president Donald Trump said his country would not pay for their protection.
However, Harry’s father Prince Charles will continue to make private financial contributions to the duke and duchess as they start their new life across the Atlantic.
The couple recently made the move from their previous home in Vancouver Island to LA, where Meghan was born and raised, and where her mother Doria Ragland still lives.
And as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, they are now said to be living in lockdown close to Hollywood, in accordance with California's Covid-19 containment measures.
In a final Instagram post under the Sussex Royal brand, the duke and duchess said: “What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic.
“As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute.”
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