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Who should pay for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's security?

On March 31 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially ceased to be senior members of the royal family. Their decision to step down from royal duties comes at a price. Their high security detail is alleged to have cost the UK taxpayer upwards of $9 million. No longer entitled to any public protection, and now based in Los Angeles, some argue the couple must foot the bill themselves. Others call this irresponsible, and say the state - wherever they live - should pay.

Harry and Meghan should pay for their own security

The couple cannot enjoy the benefits of being part of the Firm having chosen to leave it.

As civilians, they are responsible for their own security

Having left the Royal family, the couple are no longer classified as 'internationally protected persons'. It was this classification that meant state obligation to protect them. Explore

Harry and Meghan knew the risk when they left the royals

The move to leave the Royal family was momentous, and not a decision taken lightly. The couple knew the possible outcomes when they chose to renounce their status,. Explore

The state should pay

The state has a responsibility to protect its citizens.

As they are at risk of attack, the state should pay

Harry and Meghan are at risk of being kidnapped or attacked due to their 'high value' celebrity status. Therefore the state should pay for their protection. Explore

Security is a Royal birthright

Having state-funded security is the right of all Royals, wherever they choose to live. Explore

Both the state and the couple should contribute

The responsibility should be shared, as both have a duty to contribute.

This is a shared burden

Both parties have a responsibility to pay; the state, to protect their citizens, and the couple, to look after themselves. Explore
This page was last edited on Monday, 6 Apr 2020 at 17:26 UTC