Meghan Markle interview: Royal expert on security fears
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex expressed shock at the loss of their protection during their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. But former chief superintendent Dai Davies, who led the Metropolitan Police’s royalty protection unit, said he was “gobsmacked” Meghan and Harry expected British taxpayers to continue forking out millions of pounds for their security in the wake of Megxit.
Mr Davies also warned UK police could have been put at risk in the US.
He told the Daily Mail: “It shows you their naivety and sense of entitlement.
“It was utterly unrealistic to think they could continue to have their royal protection team working in America – in fact it would have put their [police] lives at risk.
“There is a reciprocal agreement in place with the US for occasions like official state visits, but British officers couldn’t just carry on working there, unable to bear firearms and with no access to integrated intelligence from the security services. It was unworkable.
“It was simply arrogant to presume they and their baby would get protection.”
Under US law, UK officers cannot carry guns or access intelligence about potential threats.
During the Sussexes’ explosive interview with Winfrey, Harry told how their security detail was removed when they stepped back as working royals.
He said: “Their justification was a change in status.
“I pushed back and said is there a change of threat or risk?
“Eventually, I got the confirmation that no, the risk hasn’t changed but due to our change of status – we would no longer be ‘official’ members of the Royal Family.”
Harry admitted he “never thought” he would have his royal protection removed.
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He said: “I was born into this position. I inherited the risk. So that was a shock to me.”
Meghan added: “I even wrote letters to his family saying: ‘Please, it’s very clear the protection of me or Archie is not a priority, I accept that, that is fine – please keep my husband safe. I see the death threats, I see the racist propaganda, please keep him safe, please don’t pull his security and announce to the world when he and we are most vulnerable.’
“And they said it’s just not possible.”
Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, made a series of astonishing claims during their interview which have plunged the Royal Family into crisis.
The couple, who quit royal duties in March 2020, spent time in Canada before settling in California, where they have bought an £11million mansion after signing lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify.
During the interview with Winfrey, Harry said they struck the multimillion-pound deals to pay for security.
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