Part of the mystery as to who will pay for Harry and Meghan’s massive annual security bill may be solved.
Controversy over who would pay the lofty millions in costs led President Trump to tweet Sunday that it would not be U.S. taxpayers.
DailyMail reports Prince Charles is set to pay £2million every year in security costs for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle while they live in the US, according to a royal source.
The royal couple’s security bill could cost anywhere up to £4million, and Prince Charles is expected to pay a ‘private contribution’ toward the bill.
A royal source said: ‘Charles has agreed to pay a ”private contribution” to the Sussexes.
‘It will not be revealed how much and what that is used for. It would not be a surprise if it went into meeting the bill for security.
‘However, the Prince of Wales does not have an infinite amount of money. The total income from the Duchy of Cornwall is annually around £21M.’
Security costs are expected to be so high because Metropolitan Police are not allowed to carry guns in the US, so the couple may be forced to use private guards.
Meghan and Harry have insisted they never intended to ask Donald Trump for help with security costs after the President tweeted to say US taxpayers would not contribute towards protecting them.
‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. Government for security resources,’ a Sussex spokesman set yesterday. ‘Privately funded security arrangements have been made.’
Today the palace refused to comment about whether this meant UK taxpayers would no longer have to contribute towards any future bill.
The Sussexes’ quick fire reply came hours after Mr Trump said the couple should foot the bill for their bodyguards, now they have moved across the border to LA from Vancouver where Canadian police helped with security.
Trump said: ‘I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!’
The bill for their security, which includes a roster of nine highly skilled British officers shuttling between the UK and US, is estimated to be as much as £8 million a year and is covered by British taxpayers through the Metropolitan Police budget. They also received support from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Royal sources had said that if Harry and Meghan wanted help with security from the Secret Service in the US, which protects international diplomats, a request would have to be made to the State Department.
Ultimately the decision would have rested with Trump, and he made clear today that the US taxpayer would not help fund the couple’s security.
It is not known what the ‘private’ security arrangements Meghan and Harry claim to have made are.
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