Prince Harry has ‘cast iron assurances’ of Met Police protection during Jubilee
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly received “cast-iron assurances” their family will be protected by specialist police as soon as they touch down in the UK today.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are flying in from California with their own personal security detail however the Metropolitan Police will assume responsibility when they land.
The couple are bringing their two children Archie, three, and Lilibet, who turns one on Saturday and has never visited the UK before.
Security sources told the Mirror, that the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection unit have spent weeks liaising with the Prince’s team and guaranteed taxpayer-funded officers.
Harry, 37, was always “in favour” of returning to the UK for the celebrations according to sources close to the Sussexes.
The Duke even later made an offer to pay the Met for the protection of fully trained officers but was told they were not “guns for hire”.
In the US, the family are guarded by a rotating 24-hour team, understood to consist of up to 12 former special forces personnel and highly trained armed security professionals.
A source close to the Sussex camp said: “For Harry, this has always been about protecting his family.
“He has been in constant contact with the relevant parties and made it very clear that he wouldn’t travel without receiving cast iron assurances over the safety of his family.
“He is satisfied the right procedures are in place and they are all very much looking forward to this week’s celebrations and of course getting to spend time with Her Majesty.”
Harry and Meghan in early April enjoyed a brief secret meeting with the 96-year-old monarch and separately a 15-minute meeting with Prince Charles before they jetted off to the Invictus Games in The Netherlands.
But Harry days later caused fury among senior royals when he told an American broadcaster that he flew in to meet the Queen ahead of a trip to The Hague to make sure she was “protected” and had “got the right people around her”.
A source said: “There has been further contact between the Duke and members of his family, but any talk of them planning to cause a scene or detract from the Queen’s celebrations is nonsense.
“They are here to see family and enjoy what will undoubtedly be an incredible moment in history.”
The Queen has never met Lilibet, who is named after the nickname affectionately given to her by her grandfather King George V, and has only met Archie a handful of times as a baby.
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The Sussexes will be staying at their Frogmore Cottage home on the Windsor estate and are understood to be throwing “Lili” a birthday party on Saturday, which the monarch may attend if she misses the Epsom Derby.
However, Buckingham Palace aides were this week still in the dark over Harry and Meghan’s plans for the Jubilee weekend.
It is thought they will attend the St Paul’s thanksgiving service on Friday and potentially the Jubilee pageant on Sunday.
Celebrations kick off on Thursday with Trooping the Colour, but the Queen has ruled only working members of the family will be allowed on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the traditional fly-past.
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