The Telegraph: Harry & Meghan Will Pay Part of Their Security Bill If Commercially Successful

Prince Harry and Meghan will reportedly pay part of their security bill if their brand, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is commercially successful.

Prince Harry and Meghan are stepping up to their duties as independent members of the royal family.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

According to reports by The Telegraph, the royal couple will pay part of their security bill if their brand is commercially successful. 

A source close to the royal family explained that the couple is bent on offering a contribution to their security bill, which is currently funded by taxpayers after their transition from working royals is completed.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

The insider disclosed that the payment method Harry and Meghan would follow would be similar to that of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. While speaking to the publication, the source said:

“Tony Blair reimburses at least part of his security costs on commercial trips. There is an arrangement for that in place. Harry and Meghan intend to do the same for private trips.”

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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However, Harry and Meghan’s ability to pay the security bill depends on how commercially successful they become and how much money comes in the bag.

The Sussexes are making strides to build their brand and intend to embark on television production deals. The duchess reportedly recently signed a voiceover deal with Disney while Netflix has expressed an interest in signing up Harry and Meghan.

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Having attended the 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday, The Duchess of Sussex was joined today by The Duke of Sussex for a round table discussion on gender equity with OYW and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust young leaders. Over the last few days, these young leaders became @OneYoungWorld ambassadors with the intention to return to their communities and further existing initiatives to help change the world for the better. This year OYW partnered with the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which The Duke and Duchess are President and Vice-President respectively, to provide scholarships to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth. This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time. For more information and highlights from the week and how you can support these incredible leaders and their initiatives, visit @OneYoungWorld Photo © SussexRoyal / PA

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While the security of the Sussexes remains a controversial topic, it has been estimated that their protection while abroad will be between £3million and £6million, per Daily Mail. 

Page Six notes that while the British police are afraid that the cost of protecting the royals will spiral out of control, Canadians have signed a petition demanding that their taxpayers do not have to pay for their security.

Prince Harry, Meghan, and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Meghan, and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images

While security arrangements are still being sorted, it has been reported that Harry, Meghan, and Archie have at least six Royal protection officers from the Metropolitan Police overseeing their security at their rented home on Vancouver Island.

PEOPLE reports that even after stepping aside as senior members of the royal family, Harry and Meghan still want to use Sussex Royal for their brand and charity name.

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In Tembisa, Johannesburg, today The Duke and Duchess visited to meet young entrepreneurs at the YES hub - a hive for creativity and social enterprise. Their visit was an amazing tour of the ingenuity and opportunity – seeing businesses that varied from food to essential sanitary products for local women. During their visit, they were able to sample food from ‘Chef Mish’ - a local masterchef winner - which he makes at the site as part of his catering business and cafe. They then joined YES community members to take part in training and tests that will help them gain skills and find work. On the third stop today, entrepreneur Moss showed The Duke and Duchess the organic produce he's growing in the township with aquaponics - supplying local restaurants. And finally, The Duke and Duchess met the women behind the amazing Blossom Care Solutions - who are making 80,000 sanitary pads every month for women in their community. They are 100% compostable, and provide an essential low-cost product for women and girls. The Duchess has long campaigned on this issue and wrote in Time magazine in 2017, saying: “In communities all over the globe, young girls’ potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world. To that I say: we need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls’ education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation.” • See our previous post to see The Dukes speech #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images

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Unfortunately, the Queen’s advisers aren’t having any of it as they believe having “royal” in their name isn’t satisfactory since they have stepped down as royals.

Nevertheless, the usage of Sussex Royal is “still being worked through” with palace officials.

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