Prince Harry and Meghan must hire private security IMMEDIATELY at cost of $5 MILLION a year says top Hollywood bodyguard – The Sun
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry would have to shell out $5million a year for private security, a top Hollywood bodyguard says.
The couple also face their greatest danger as they step back from being full-time members of the Royal Family – which "offers the bad guys an opportunity".
The warning came from celeb bodyguard Russell Stuart, whose firm has protected A-list stars including Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly want to keep their Scotland Yard royal protection cops – at a cost to the UK taxpayer of around £600,000 a year.
There are fears that bill could rise to over £1million if they go ahead with plans to split their rime between Britain and Canada.
But the Sun revealed Harry and Meghan WILL have to pay towards their own security costs when they quit royal duties.
ON HIGH ALERT
Russell urged them to hire their own security team as soon as possible – although it will not come cheap.
He told DailyMail.com: "They will each need between two to four guards with them at all times. Every residence they class as a home will also need to be permanently looked after.
"You are looking at a security bill totalling millions, somewhere between $3 to $5 million."
He added: "They are global figures which means they would need the highest level of security at all times and everywhere they go. They are two of the most famous people on the planet.
"And they will need security now more than ever. There are a lot of bad people in the world. Any transitional period would offer them an opportunity.
"The moment that they might see people are stepping away or there is a change they might think this is their shot. This is the time where their security needs to be at its highest, right now."
Yesterday Harry and Meghan got their in crunch talks with the Queen – but she made it clear she was upset they are quitting.
An unprecedented statement from Buckingham Palace said the monarch "would have preferred them to remain full-time members of the Royal Family."
UK government ministers are said to be adamant Harry and Meghan will have pay towards their security costs even if they are allowed to keep the police bodyguards.
They fear a backlash if scarce resources are lavished on the want-away royals while police are battling a violent crime epidemic.
But officials are also concerned private bodyguards would not give adequate protection.
Talks with aides are expected to decide on a formula to make a "substantial contribution" to the police bill.
Harry and Meghan are likely to make their home with baby Archie in Canada, where they spent seven weeks over Christmas in a lakeside mansion.
The Canadian government said it would not foot the security bill, but appeared to backtrack last night.
PM Justin Trudeau is said to have privately assured the Queen his government would provide some funding.
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