Friends claim Meghan and Harry are being protected by the private security team ‘already in place’ at Tyler Perry’s LA mansion and they WILL pay for their own protection
- A source has denied claims Prince Charles is paying for Sussexes’ security bill
- Friend of the couple says they are yet to hire their own permanent security team
- It’s claimed they are currently under the protection of security already in place
Friends of the Sussexes have refuted reports that Prince Charles is footing the bill for Harry and Meghan’s security costs in Los Angeles.
They instead allege that the couple are being protected by a private security team already in place at Tyler Perry’s mansion in Los Angeles.
An insider told the Daily Mail earlier this week that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could only afford to start paying off their £2.4million bill for Frogmore Cottage after Prince Charles had agreed to foot their astronomical security costs in the US.
A friend of the couple has now claimed that the Sussexes will pay for any security measures out of their own pocket.
The couple have been spotted only a handful of times since their move to Los Angeles, first volunteering for a local charity dropping off food to locals who are more at-risk of catching coronavirus (pictured), as well as taking their beloved dogs out for a walk
Recently it was reported that the couple began paying back the money spent on Frogmore Cottage (pictured) in April
The Sussexes had to ask Prince Charles to bear the cost of their security if they were to have any chance of clearing their Frogmore debt, a source told the Daily Mail
Meghan and Harry have told their friends that any security team they do hire, they will pay for themselves, the source told The Daily Beast, suggesting that the couple had yet to secure their own permanent security team.
Instead, it’s been claimed the couple and their young son are living under the protection of security already in place at the $18 million mansion.
According to the anonymous source, the couple are not ‘asking for any special treatment’ with regard to their security situation, and ‘have not received any’.
DailyMailTV revealed earlier this month that the couple have been holed up in a Beverly Hills mansion owned by Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry with their son Archie since mid-March, after moving over from Canada.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been living in this ultra-luxury Beverly Hills hideout that belongs to Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry, DailyMailTV exclusively revealed
The source also said the Sussexes have experienced ‘unimaginable’ levels of intrusion from the press while living in the Beverly Hills mansion during the coronavirus pandemic, including paparazzi-operated drones illegally flying within 20 feet of their house to snap photographs.
At least five such incidents have been reported to the LAPD.
It is not known whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are renting Tyler’s property or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold.
The couple have been spotted only a handful of times since their move to Los Angeles, first volunteering for a local charity dropping off food to locals who are more at-risk of catching coronavirus, as well as taking their beloved dogs out for a walk
The Duke and Duchess were unexpectedly stripped of their Metropolitan Police security team after their move to North America following their announcement they were stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family last year.
Matters were complicated when authorities in Canada, where they were living at the time, made clear they would no longer support Britain in providing round-the-clock protection after the couple stood down as working royals.
The Sussexes’ decision to flee to LA, which made the situation even more complicated and costly, saw the Home Secretary step in, forcing them to back down.
That meant hiring private security guards at an estimated cost of up to £4million a year, which had not been budgeted for by the couple.
Harry and Meghan pledged to reimburse taxpayers for renovating their briefly lived-in Windsor home
As a result, it was understood that they had to ask Prince Charles to bear the cost of their security if they were to have any chance of clearing their Frogmore debt.
The couple are already being heavily funded by the future king for the first year of their new life until they start earning their own income.
Recently it was reported that the couple began paying back the money spent on Frogmore in April. They gave up their Met Police protection around the same time.
The Sussexes are said to be paying monthly instalments of almost £18,000 – a combination of rent for the property and an unspecified payment towards the building costs.
Shedding light on the deal, a source told the Daily Mail: ‘They had fully expected that British taxpayers would continue to foot the bill for their protection but then the rug was pulled from under their feet and they had to ask Prince Charles to step in. That’s the reason why they are now able to start paying back the Queen and the Crown Estate, who met the cost of the building work out of public funds.’
The source also claimed the couple’s final bills soared because they included costly designs for work that wasn’t even carried out.
‘One of the biggest costs at Frogmore was that they flew in a designer from the US to design the garden,’ the source revealed. ‘Meghan also wanted a tennis court. There are already tennis courts nearby in Home Park. But it would have meant them coming out of the garden and being seen, which she didn’t like.’
A source who knows the couple well said: ‘They felt that Frogmore and the money spent on it was no different from any other arrangement involving the main home of a member of the Royal Family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated their second wedding anniversary with an LA favourite – Mexican food and margaritas, royal biographer Omid Scobie has revealed (seen during a charity Zoom call this month)
‘But because it was Harry and Meghan, it was always being used as a stick to beat them with. Paying back the money was one of the first decisions they took. They knew that if they did, no one would have the right to do that any more.’
Meghan and Harry recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary with an LA favourite – Mexican food and margaritas, royal biographer Omid Scobie revealed. The couple reportedly enjoyed a quiet day of celebrations together, joining family and friends on Zoom.
British journalist Omid, who has co-written their upcoming biography Finding Freedom, revealed the couple ‘reminisced about what a beautiful and magical day’ their wedding was.
The couple’s new bombshell biography Finding Freedom set to be released on August 11 will reveal that it was Prince Harry who chose to quit the Royal Family, and not Meghan.
Harry, 35, is said to be angry at the term ‘Megxit’ because it made it sound like the decision to break away from the Firm was Meghan’s alone, a source told The Sun.
Tatler clashes with Kensington Palace over story claiming Kate Middleton feels ‘exhausted and trapped’ by her post-Megxit workload – with the magazine backing the piece despite royal insistence the claims are ‘false’
Tatler have clashed with Kensington Palace over the magazine’s story claiming that Kate Middleton was feeling ‘exhausted and trapped’ by her post-Megxit workload.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, and Prince William, 37, have made a host of virtual appearances during the coronavirus crisis as they isolate with their children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, in Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
Sources claiming to be friends of the couple told Anna Pasternak at Tatler magazine that Kate was ‘fuming’ with the heavy workload after Megxit, revealing: ‘William and Catherine really wanted to be hands-on parents and the Sussexes have effectively thrown their three children under a bus.’
A Kensington Palace spokesperson dismissed the claims, saying: ‘This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication.’
It prompted a Tatler spokesperson to add today: ‘Tatler’s Editor-in-Chief Richard Dennen stands behind the reporting of Anna Pasternak and her sources.
‘Kensington Palace knew we were running the “Catherine the Great” cover months ago and we asked them to work together on it. The fact they are denying they ever knew is categorically false.’
Royal fans have rallied around Kate Middleton, 38, after an anonymous source told Tatler the Duchess of Cambridge was ‘exhausted’ and felt ‘trapped’ by her enormous workload after Megxit
It comes after reports yesterday that Kate was ‘furious’ about her ‘enormous’ workload after Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle’s, 38, departure from the royal family in March.
The insider went on to call Meghan and Prince Harry ‘so selfish’ for their behaviour, adding that their decision would have profound impacts on the Cambridge’s family life.
They explained: ‘There goes their morning school runs as the responsibilities on them now are enormous.’
Another friend of the Duchess explained that Kate has been left fuming over the increase in workload.
Many royal followers threw their support behind Kate after anonymous sources said she was ‘furious’ about her workload
‘Lockdown has brought the best out of William and Kate’, royal expert reveals
Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in Their Own Words, told FEMAIL: ‘I think the lockdown has brought out the best in William and Kate.
‘Without Prince Harry and Meghan on the scene, they have a big responsibility, especially with the Queen not out and about, Charles and Camilla in their seventies, Princess Anne…Older royals are restricted with lockdown.
‘I’m sure Kate and William will be out and about soon.
‘Most people think they’ve had a ‘good war’ with the crisis, they’ve come across extremely well and brought a lot of comfort to people with their video messages.
‘Kate has probably quite enjoyed it, in a funny sort of way, because she has been able to spend more time with the children up in the Norfolk home which is their favourite place, enjoying family time together.
‘She’s had the best of both worlds.
‘They’ve also been very good at providing photo calls for the children.
‘It’s almost like we’ve been eavesdropping on them as a family, and seeing into their lives.’
They said: ‘Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this.
‘She’s working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.’
Kate, whose manners are described as impeccable, is also said to have a ‘ruthless survival streak’ that makes her ‘well suited’ to the House of Windsor.’
One member of the royal set commented that Kate is ‘impenetrable’ and there is ‘nothing to dislike or like.’
Tatler stood behind the reporting of their sources and reporter Anna Pasternak today. (The full feature in the July/August issue of Tatler available via digital download and on newsstands Thursday 28th May)
They added that she ‘keeps her head down’ because she is aware of the greatness of the ‘prize’ of becoming Queen.
The insider added that Kate models herself after the Queen, and even now speaks like the Queen.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, experts have spoken about how Prince William and Kate have lead the royal family’s efforts to support the nation.
Earlier this month, Katie Nicholl revealed how the couple have been ‘stepping up to the plate’ amid the pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal duty at the end of March, and have been living in an $18 million mansion in Beverly Hills since
Royal fans rush to defend Kate Middleton
Royal fans have thrown their support behind Kate Middleton after anonymous sources told Tatler magazine that she feels ‘exhausted and trapped’ by her post-Megxit workload.
One tweeted: ‘She is beautiful lady inside, out who truly loves all her family and loves to help all of Britain, the people, dogs, gardening, playing outdoors with her kids, supporting the Queen.’
Another fan commented on Instagram: ‘She is the true embodiment of class. In all her time as a member of the royal family she has represented the monarchy, her causes and patronages with grace and deference.
‘She knows that it’s not about her, she is a participant in a system that has prevailed for centuries and will continue in succession through her children and, even so, she manages to shine. That is the epitome of greatness.’
One added: ‘She’s done well, even though she comes from a modest background , she’s shown loyalty to crown and country and was never involved in horrible family dramas or super low class scandals.’
‘The Duchess has really risen to the occasion during the pandemic,’ another wrote.
Royal fans threw their support behind the Duchess of Cambridge, with one calling her ‘the epitome of class’
She told ET: ‘We’re seeing them letting their guard down and that is a result of what we are going through.’
She said the Cambridges had ‘really stepped up to the plate’ and had been providing a ‘dose of entertainment’ by sharing snaps and videos of the Cambridge children.
She revealed: ‘It’s uplifting for Britain, particularly for royalists, to see what the future of the royal family is going to look like. The royal family has gone to great lengths not to be seen to be aloof or distant or unrelatable.’
One insider declared Prince Harry and Meghan had been ‘so selfish’ in their decision to step back from royal life
It’s not the first time that Prince William and Kate have been praised for their efforts during the pandemic.
Speaking in April, royal expert Roya Nikkhah told BBC Breakfast how Kate and Prince William are ‘making sure they’re visible’ and ‘sharing personal insights’ to ensure the monarchy stays relevant amid the coronavirus crisis,
Roya explained: ‘The very clever thing the Cambridges have always done is they’ve always given us just enough of a little insight into their personal life, what it’s like at home with George, Charlotte and Louis, so people understand that they are going through similar things to what everyone else is going through.’
The royal expert revealed: ‘Kate and William are making sure they’re visible, and that’s been the case for the royal family since the start of the outbreak.
Another insider said that while Kate is ‘smiling’, on the inside she is ‘furious’ about the increased workload on her family
Experts previously revealed how Prince William and Kate would lead the royal family’s efforts to support the nation amid the coronavirus crisis.
Speaking to Australian website 9Honey, Katie Nicholl said the Duke and Duchess were the ‘best placed’ members of the royal family to be ‘pillars of support’ for the nation at the moment.
Read the full feature in the July/August issue of Tatler available via digital download and on newsstands Thursday 28th May
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