US Weekly: Meghan & Harry May Lose Security Support Network after Their Royal Exit
Harry and Meghan's royal duties end on the 31st of March and that could also mean an end to their security suport network, an ex-Royal Protection Officer reported.
Simon Morgan worked as a Royal Protection Officer between the years 2007 and 2013. In an interview with Us Weekly, the ex-royal protection officer revealed that the couple could forfeit their security protection network.
Following that several engagements have been scheduled for the couple, the question hanging in the air is, how would Harry and Morghan be protected after cutting ties officially with the royal family?
Morgan said that the way the network of protection operates is through various UK law enforcement agencies, which includes the police service, and that these law enforcement agencies work with each other to facilitate the security services for the royal family.
He added that these agencies work on a local scale in London, throughout the United Kingdom and then globally with the law enforcement of the various countries around the world.
With the royal exit of Harry and Meghan, they cease to be public officers, which complicates their public service protection.
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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
In comparison with Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana, who also stepped down from the royal family and faced issues without security following her exit, Simon is convinced that Harry's threat level is much higher.
Harry and Meghan would soon be prohibited from using the "Sussex Royal" name.
Simon's concern for Harry and Meghan's protection against attack is significant. Simon also noted that the pair would require protection from stalkers as it is a risk associated with being part of the entertainment industry.
The Canadian Government has also aired plans to stop providing security services through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to Meghan, Harry, and their 9-month old son Archie.
The protection began since November 2019 at the request of the Metropolitan Police. Once the couple steps down as royal members on March 31st, the "assistance will cease in coming weeks, in keeping with their change in status."
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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
In other related news, at Harry's first public appearance in the UK since he moved to Canada, which was an event in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Duke was introduced merely as "Harry" at his request.
Further to this, the Sussex pair recently shared a litany of agreements and changes regarding their transition, which takes effect Spring 2020.
One of the hot issues was that the name "Sussex Royal," which the pair had earlier used for their non-profit organization and had filed the trademark application for as a protective measure, will no longer be utilized.
However, the couple brought more attention to themselves in a statement they made recently as individual members of the royal family interpreted to be a snipe at the Queen.
The statement made on Harry and Meghan's official website was that The Monarchy or Cabinet Office lacked jurisdiction "over the use of the word 'Royal' overseas."