One of the numerous disclosures from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was that the Royal family had financially abandoned them and had refused to pay for the security detail for them and their little son, Archie, even before they did. She was particularly alarmed that Archie wouldn’t have royal protection in the form of a security detail given the tabloids’ full-court assault to harass Markle. They eventually arrived in Markle’s hometown of Los Angeles just before the pandemic-related border closures after making their triumphant exit from the royal family and its accompanying obligations.
While they planned their next move, Tyler Perry was nice enough to provide the Sussexes his home and security detail. It’s clear that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are well-off, both separately and together. Harry and Meghan have a combined net worth of $50 million – $40 million of which was inherited from the trust his mother Princess Diana set up for him. Additionally, Meghan had a respectable net worth going into the marriage because to her time spent on the television drama “Suits.” Additionally, Netflix has a multi-year contract paying Harry and Meghan $150 million. What’s the big deal about them funding their own 24-hour security, then? What is the potential cost?
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The annual security cost for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will probably range between $2 and $3 million. The family needs constant security for both the adults and the kids. They’ll probably need a mix of security staff and tech to keep their mansion in the Santa Barbara area safe. They will also require an advance crew to scout out potential destinations before they arrive. Additionally, they will require drivers to securely escort them. They will also need to hire people who resemble Harry and Meghan to divert the attention of the paparazzi and their irrational admirers, as well as hire a team to monitor social media and keep local law enforcement informed about any threats. This is serious business for Prince Harry, who lost his mother to a car crash in 1997 while she was being relentlessly pursued by paparazzi – and had her royal security detail stripped in her divorce from Prince Charles, despite being the most famous woman in the world at the time.
Whomever Harry and Meghan have hired for security definitely assessed their property, the layout of their house, the wildlife around it as well as the risk from natural disasters like the wildfires and earthquakes that are common in California. Drones would be used to patrol the property’s perimeter and ward off invaders. A thorough evaluation would also be required of Harry and Meghan’s employees. Despite having 24/7 security and sensors all around their home, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi’s nearby home was broken into last year. According to law enforcement, robbery is an inside job.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will need to exercise caution while posting on social media. Photos taken while on vacation let burglars know they aren’t home. Before they get at the airport, hotel, or other location when they do depart from home, their security team will need to check it out. They would need to travel in a caravan of cars with a lead car and a trail car, which give them several ways to escape should there be an issue threatening their safety.
Any way you look at it, the security requirements for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Archie, and their impending daughter are intricate and pricey.
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