Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. Picture: Steve Parsons/pool photo via AP (African News Agency) ANA
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. Picture: Steve Parsons/pool photo via AP (African News Agency) ANA

Have Harry and Meghan hired Brangelina's former bodyguard?

By Rebecca English, Royal Editor Time of article published Apr 1, 2020

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Harry and Meghan are reportedly hiring former SAS soldiers to replace their Scotland Yard bodyguards.

They apparently chose from a shortlist of two firms whose staff have guarded stars including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Madonna and the Ecclestone family.

From April, the Sussexes will no longer be working members of the Royal Family as they pursue new lives and careers in US with their ten-month-old son Archie.

As the Daily Mail revealed this week, they have agreed to meet the bill for their own security in America. Harry and Meghan had found themselves at the centre of a row over the cost to British taxpayers of providing them with round-the-clock protection by the Metropolitan Police during their new life in California.

The row deepened after President Donald Trump said Americans should not be asked to contribute. The couple have decided to hire a private security team charging around £400 (about R8 800) a day per guard, the Sun reported on Tuesday.

Experts say their annual bill could be up to £4 million as they will require the use of several bodyguards a day. While a spokesman for the couple insisted they would meet the bill personally, Prince Charles may also contribute.

He has agreed to make a substantial contribution towards his son and daughter-in-law’s living costs for the next 12 months while they "get on their feet".

Sources have warned that the money, which will come from his personal funds and not the Duchy of Cornwall, is not "inexhaustible" and will be reviewed in a year.

Meanwhile the Royal Family are determined to put the Megxit saga behind them, the Daily Mail can reveal. While there is still sadness – and hurt – over Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as working royals and live abroad, the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and other senior figures believe there is no more they can do to bridge the divide.

"Harry and Meghan have made their decision and it is clear they have moved on, which is what everyone else is now trying to do," well-placed sources said. "There is a lot of work to do, especially given the health crisis currently faced by this country."

Daily Mail

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