The Home Office will not back down from Harry and Meghan’s request for police protection during their visit to the UK, it has been claimed.
It comes after the Duke of Sussex reportedly held secret talks with Prince Charles ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Duke of Sussex has taken legal action against the government over the decision to withdraw his police bodyguards after he stepped down from royal duties two years ago.
He seeks round-the-clock police protection – normally reserved for royals and government officials – when he, Meghan, 40, Archie, Lilibet, two and seven months, visit the UK.
He offered to pay the bill himself, but the government refused.
Harry was told the Met Police were not ‘guns down’ and could not be treated as a private force for the rich and famous.
And now a security source has told the Mail Online that the Home Office has no plans to back down.
The source said: “When Harry left The Firm, the terms of his divorce were clear.
“Like other members of the public, he and his wife are unable to hire armed cops at will – no matter how much they offer to pay.”
The source said protective security was ‘role and risk based’, and security in the US could not be replicated in the UK because ‘we don’t allow people to walk down the street with guns here,” adding that “other minor Royals manage to function in normal life without armed guards. The Home Office refuses to blink”.
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The Royals expect Harry to return from his Californian home for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, but that could be without Meghan, Archie and Lilibet.
Prince Harry says the family are ‘unable to return’ as it is too dangerous after being stripped of 24-hour police protection.
Harry considers himself a lifelong security risk as he is sixth in line to the throne, and a target of extremist threats due to his two combat tours in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile the Queen, 95, told Harry she would not intervene as security is a government matter.
Keeping Harry and Meghan safe was costing taxpayers around £5m a year when they lived in Britain.
They now fund their lifestyle through his multi-million pound Netflix and Spotify deals – and Harry says he wouldn’t burden the taxpayer with his police costs.
Government officials refused his demands, fearing it would open the door for any wealthy individual to use the Met’s elite team as a private police force.
Prince Charles has reportedly invited the Sussexes to stay with him during their next trip to the UK and has told Prince Harry he would like to see his grandchildren, but according to an expert, Meghan is unlikely to accept the invitation because it will be “awkward”. “