The Home Office will not back down from Harry and Meghan’s request for police protection when they visit the UK, it has been announced.
It comes after the Duke of Sussex has is said to have held secret negotiations with Prince Charles before the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Duke of Sussex has initiated legal action against the Government about his decision to fire his police bodyguard after he abandoned his royal duties two years ago.
He was seeking round-the-clock police protection – usually reserved for royalty and government officials – when he, Meghan, 40, Archie, were two and seven months old. Lilibet visit the UK.
He offered to pay the bill himself – but was refused by the Government.
Harry has been told Met Police are not a “gun for hire” and cannot be seen as a force reserved for the rich and famous.
And now a security source tells Mail Online that the Home Office has no plans to back down.
A source said: “When Harry left The Firm, the terms of his divorce were very clear.
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“Like other members of the public, he and his wife cannot hire armed police at will – no matter how much they pay.”
The source said protective security is “role-based and risk-based”, and security in the US cannot be replicated in the UK because “we don’t allow people to question the streets with guns here”. added that “other minor Royals can function in normal life without armed guards. The Home Office refuses to blink”.
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The royals are expecting Harry to return from his California home to attend the Queen’s Platinum Celebration in June, but may not be without Meghan, Archie and Lilibet.
Prince Harry said family is “cannot return” because it was too dangerous after they were stripped of round-the-clock police protection.
Harry considers himself a security risk to life as he is sixth in line to the throne, and has been the target of extremist threats because of his two war tours in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Queen, 95, has told Harry she will not interfere as security is a government issue.
Harry and Meghan’s security has cost taxpayers around £5 million a year while they live in the UK.
They now fund their lifestyle thanks to his multi-million pound Netflix and Spotify deals – and Harry says he won’t burden taxpayers with the cost of his control. me.
Government officials denied his request for fear that it would open the door for any wealthy individuals to use The Met’s crack team as their own police force.
Prince Charles reported invited the Sussexes to stay with him when they next go to the UK and has told Prince Harry that he would love to see his grandchildren but according to an expert Meghan’s inability to accept the invitation because it would be very “awkward.”
https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/8249057/home-office-wont-back-down-harry-meghans-cops-protect/ Home Office ‘won’t back down’ on Harry and Meghan’s request to ask police to protect the couple while they visit UK