Meghan & Harry to Reportedly Still Receive Diplomatic Security like Any Other Royal Amid Exit

A legal expert explained why he believes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should continue to receive the same security measures they had before their royal exit.

Friends of Prince Harry, who have spoken out in interviews and on social media supporting his decision to step back from the royal family, all seem to share the same sentiments that he is starting a new life in order to protect his family.

To protect himself, as a member of the royal family, Harry has a security team, which includes intelligence agents, bodyguards and policemen, and has been costing British taxpayers almost $6 million per year.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined hundreds of veterans and their families at the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, to honour and remember those who lost their lives in service of their country. Their Royal Highnesses each planted a Cross of Remembrance, paying respect to those who have served in our Armed Forces. They were then honoured to spend time meeting with veterans and family members from all areas of the Armed forces - from those who have served in past campaigns to more recent conflicts. This is the seventh time The Duke has attended the Field of Remembrance – having previously accompanied The Duke of Edinburgh for several years. The Duchess of Sussex was grateful to be able to join her husband on this important day and to personally recognise those who have served. #remembrance #lestweforget

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The rules may change now that Harry and Meghan Markle are pursuing financial independence, and want to balance a life between Canada and England. However, there has been a battle with the public across two ponds over which government is going to foot the bill. 

While Queen Elizabeth announced that British taxpayers would no longer be funding them through the Sovereign Grant. There is resistance is Canada, where they are speculated to be based. An Angus Reid survey found that 73% of Canadians want the couple to pay their own expenses.

Legal expert, Mark Stephens from London law firm, Howard Kennedy explained to PEOPLE why he believed they should continue to receive the same amount of diplomatic protection as they did before their exit.

He said whether or not they are active members of the royal family the couple deserved the same level of security as any other member of the royal family.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to a crowd of people as they arrive at Canada House, on January 2 2020, in London, England | Source: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to a crowd of people as they arrive at Canada House, on January 2 2020, in London, England | Source: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Mark explained that if the couple is forced to use a private security firm for their protection, it would not include the intelligence, which has ensured their complete protection all these years, he added:

"Whatever grumblings there may be from people who are concerned about it being paid. It's all being paid for at the moment and it doesn’t change by virtue of them stepping back."

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Side by side with local park rangers in Liwonde National Park, The Duke of Sussex has laid a wreath at the memorial of Guardsman Matthew Talbot. Guardsman Talbot, who was just 22, lost his life earlier this year while on a joint anti-poaching mission with the British Army, the Malawian government and African Parks. The Counter-Poaching Operation is an on-going partnership that requires local organisations such as @AfricanParksNetwork to monitor and protect wildlife from poachers, so that communities can benefit from tourism. These patrols by African Park Rangers can last between 10 hours and 8 days. Guardsmen Talbot was incredibly proud of his role in countering this threat and had played a huge part in the progress and success so far. The Duke laid the wreath on behalf of the Talbot family, and said he was honoured to be able to do so, as he has worked closely with park rangers in these efforts and celebrates each and every one of them as heroes. Often away from the public eye, many people are prepared to put themselves in harm’s way, in a bid to protect wildlife from poachers. The joint missions, with support of the local community, were established by The Duke and have proven to reduce poacher activity. #RoyalVisitMalawi Photo ©️ PA images

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Mark gave an example, of the Dutch King, who works an airline pilot, and said many members of their royal family received diplomatic immunity because they are still royalty. This is considered normal and he believed that Meghan and Harry should be no exception, he added:

"We pay for the security of ex-politicians and government ministers who have two days in the job, so it is perfectly reasonable for a lifelong member of the royal family to have security."

Meghan and Harry's position in the royal family has been made clear with the removal of their memorabilia at the Buckingham Palace store.

However, security will definitely be a factor because their fame has risen since leaving the royal family. According to Daily Mail, their 11.1 million Instagram followers have surpassed Kate Middleton and Prince William's 11 million followers.

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