- The topic of personal security for both Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is a hot-button topic.
- The taxpayer in the U.K. should no longer be responsible for the safety of the couple.
- Prince Harry “has earned” taxpayer-funded protection, according to one royal expert.
When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to step back from the royal family, questions swirled about their taxpayer-funded security detail.
Every active member of the royal family receives high-level security at the expense of the U.K. government. But Harry and Meghan have effectively become private citizens. They’re free to pursue the almighty dollar, using Harry’s family reputation as a cash-printing machine.
But all this comes at a price. And that price is a minimum of $5 million per year for a personal security detail.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry can’t have it both ways
While the idea of cashing in on the reputation and international standing of a family that supposedly hates you and treats you with contempt may sound attractive, no scheme is without its drawbacks.
Such as using some of the tens of millions of dollars you’re reportedly going to earn to pay your own security costs.
Harry and Meghan want to live in Los Angeles and act like celebrities. They should have to pay for their security like those celebrities do.
It seems relatively straightforward to me.
But not everyone agrees.
Prince Harry “deserves” taxpayer-funded security
One royal expert, speaking to the Express in the U.K., believes that Prince Harry deserves taxpayer-funded security even after abandoning his royal duties.
Richard Fitzwilliams commented:
Harry will find this difficult to come to terms with, the issue of security will be worrying them. They need to have security guards, if the taxpayer won’t pay, Prince Charles will. Harry needs protection, he has earnt it. He did two tours of Afghanistan.
Since when does serving in the British armed forces entitle anyone to $5 million of…