Taxpayers look set to keep paying £7.6million-a-year security bill for Harry and Meghan

Mail Online | 1/18/2020 | Isabella Nikolic For Mailonline
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The taxpayer will continue to pay Prince Harry and Meghan's £7.6million-a-year security bill, it appears, even though the couple have dropped their HRH titles.

There has been a growing row about who will pick up the couple's annual security bill as they split their time between the UK and Canada.

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But Buckingham Palace's bombshell announcement this evening didn't directly address the issue.

The statement read: 'Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements.

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'There are well-established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security.'

A security expert has warned it could cost as much as £7.6million annually.

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Chris Matthews, formerly of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and who worked in the protection of visitors to Canada such as the Royal Family, has estimated the security measures required for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be similar to those of the Prime Minister.

But he warned, in an interview with The Globe and Mail, Canada's biggest newspaper, that security would be more costly as they would have to set it up from scratch.

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He said: 'They need personal body guards all the time. You have to pay those peoples' salaries. You've got to pay for the vehicles they travel in and the aircraft they travel in. You have to pay for the communications equipment they require because it has to be sophisticated so that you can't listen to it.'

Mr Matthews also warned that their residence would need to have fences installed, alongside CCTV and alarms - adding to the cost of their security.

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Canadian President Justin Trudeau has assured the Queen that the family will be safe while in his country, with Canada expected to pay around half of an estimated £1million ($1.3million) annual bill - a figure based on the cost of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's current...
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