Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘hire former SAS soldiers to replace royal security guards’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired a body guard firm formally used by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to help keep them safe as they step away from royal life, according to reports.

The former Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially stepped down from their roles as senior royals on 31 March and therefore have been on the hunt for new bodyguards, it has been claimed.

Harry, 35, and his wife Meghan, 38, are understood to have replaced their Scotland Yard bodyguards with a firm made up of former SAS soldiers.

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According to reports from Mail Online, the firm from which the couple chose have guarded A-listers including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Madonna and the Formula One millionaire family the Ecclestones.

It comes after Meghan and Harry found themselves on the receiving end of some criticism from US president Donald Trump about their security after the couple, who are parents to 10 month old Archie, reportedly moved from Canada to US, after leaving the UK.

As reports spread that the couple had flown to Los Angeles to permanently set up residence, Donald Trump, 73, tweeted: “I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada.

“Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”

Meghan and Harry’s spokesperson appeared to confirm their move to Tinsel Town as they responded to Trump’s comments with: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources.

“Privately funded security arrangements have been made.”

A source tipped The Sun about Harry and Meghan’s move to California as they said: “Harry and Meghan have left Canada now for good. The borders were closing and flights were stopping. They had to get out.

“But this move was planned for some time. They realised Canada would not work out for various reasons and they want to be based in the Los Angeles area.

“They have a big support network there. It’s where their new team of Hollywood agents and PRs and business managers are based. Meghan has lots of friends there and, of course, her mum Doria.”

And it seems their security firm isn’t the only thing the couple have changed since their move the the US.

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Speaking on his talkRADIO show, Dan Wootton told of how the couple have also enlisted a new PR company in America, too.

Dan told his listeners: "There are some very interesting facts emerging just over the past couple of hours about their future relations with the Royal Family.

“Buckingham Palace or no other royal communications representatives including palace spokespeople or household representatives or royal sources will speak anymore on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“Instead they now have this PR company in the US which has previously represented people like Michael Jackson and Harvey Weinstein. They are now representing the couple.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Respond to Donald Trump Refusing to Pay Their Security Costs

Also responding to a Daily Mail article, which claims that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would have to ‘plead’ with the president for protection, is ‘The View’ co-host Meghan McCain.

AceShowbizMeghan Markle and Prince Harry have responded to President Donald Trump‘s tweet about security costs following their relocation to the U.S. from Canada. In the Saturday, March 28 post, Trump made it clear that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had to pay for their own security protection while living in the States.

“I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada,” he wrote on the micro-blogging site. “Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”

It seemed like Trump was under the impression that the pair would ask the U.S. to cover their security cost after reading an article from Daily Mail. The site claimed that according a royal source revealed that they would have to “plead” with the president for protection.

Also responding to the article was “The View” co-host Meghan McCain. “With all the struggle and pain in this country as we are possibly headed into a second Great Depression, this has GOT to be a joke. We are NOT using average American taxpayer dollars to pay for their security detail. Why isn’t this England’s problem?” she tweeted.

Meghan and Harry appeared to catch wind of the tweets before responding on Sunday. Chris Ship, royal correspondent for British television network ITV, wrote on Twitter, “A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan has just told us that ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made.’ “

Meghan and Harry, alongside their 10-month-old son Archie, reportedly ad left their Vancouver Island residence in Canada as they had decided to settle down in Meghan’s hometown of Los Angeles, United of States. It was said that the couple chose to live “in a secluded compound” in the City of Angels, where Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland also lives. The two allegedly “haven’t ventured out” during the coronavirus crisis.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘flee to California to set up permanent home’ amid coronavirus

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have reportedly left their temporary place in Canada and fled to California to set up their permanent home.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are thought to have left Canada before the United States of America closed their borders to all outgoing and incoming flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Meghan, 38, and 35 year old Prince Harry, who share ten month old son Archie, are said to be setting up their new home close to Hollywood, where it is reported they are currently living in lockdown.

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It is believed the couple, who recently shared a sweet post to mark Meghan's first Mother's Day since giving birth to baby Archie, chose this specific place to be surrounded by close friends, Meghan's mother 63 year old Doria, as well as their PR managers.

A royal insider told The Sun: "Harry and Meghan have left Canada now for good. The borders were closing and flights were stopping. They had to get out.

"But this move was planned for some time. They realised Canada would not work out for various reasons and they want to be based in the Los Angeles area.

"They have a big support network there. It’s where their new team of Hollywood agents and PRs and business managers are based. Meghan has lots of friends there and, of course, her mum Doria."

They added that the move has "stunned" select members of the Royal Family as it was believed they would potentially return to the United Kingdom to help their relatives, including Harry's 71 year old father Prince Charles, who was recently diagnosed with coronavirus.

However, it was recently reported that Meghan, whose first job since stepping down as a senior member of the royal family has been confirmed, had told her husband that "under no circumstances, is she okay with him travelling anywhere right now."

An insider said: "Meghan said Harry's been in touch with his dad… Of course, he's frustrated.

"She said they both are frustrated because they are doers and want to do so much more to help.

"Meghan told her inner circle of friends that Harry has been communicating with Prince William and the Queen on a pretty consistent basis.

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"She said this world crisis has actually brought them all closer together, especially Harry and his brother.

"Harry has made it very clear to them that he will do whatever he can to help from Canada.

"Meghan said they are grateful, especially Harry, that they could spend time with his family before all this insanity began," the source added to tell MailOnline.

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Prince Harry and Prince William’s Relationship Is Reportedly ‘Worse Than Ever’

If you thought Prince Harry and Prince William's reunion at Westminster Abbey in early March was awkward, well, you might've been onto something.

The royal brothers' relationship has allegedly been strained for quite some time, with Harry first addressing the gossip back in October 2019. “Inevitably stuff happens. But we’re brothers; we’ll always be brothers," Harry said in a documentary. "We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly.”

However, their tense relationship apparently continued until Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announced in January 2020 they were stepping down from their senior royal duties and moving to Canada. “They didn’t leave on good terms by any means, but they are both relieved that it’s over,” a source told People in February. Sources also told the publication that the brothers were working on it by "talking more" over the phone.

Then they reunited in England earlier this month, and we all saw how that turned out.

Since Harry returned to Canada, sources with the Daily Mail have reported that the rift between the brothers is "worse than ever."

According to those sources, William is "insulted" by how Harry and Meghan have "implied criticisms of the royal family." On the other hand, Harry is apparently "profoundly unhappy" and feels "he has been cut adrift by his own relatives." Furthermore, he reportedly believes Meghan "was not made sufficiently welcome."

Back in March of 2019, royals expert Katie Nicholl attempted to break down Kate Middleton and Meghan's relationship—which has faced similar feud rumors—to Glamour. "They quite quickly realized they were two pretty mature women—quite different women—and really the only thing they had in common was they'd married princes," Nicholl said. "Not just Prince Harry, I think probably the world wanted them to become best friends."

At the time, Nicholl went on to address the emotional distance between the two brothers. "I do think there is some truth to there having been some tension—not just between the duchesses but between the dukes, as well," she said.

Luckily, the group will have another chance to come together sooner than we may have thought. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly accepted an invitation to spend the summer with the queen at her Balmoral estate. Perhaps the brothers and sisters-in-law will be able to make peace then.

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Meghan Markle ‘won’t return to acting’ despite ‘Marvel and Disney interest’

Meghan Markle will not be making a return to acting despite interest from Marvel and Disney, it's claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, and her husband Prince Harry officially stepped down as senior roles this week after attending the Commonwealth Day Service at Wesminster Abbey.

It was rumoured that Meghan was planning on making a comeback to the big screen, with reports even suggesting she wanted a role as a Marvel superhero , but sources close to Meghan have denied this is the case.

A former friend of the Suits actress told the New York Post: "Meghan has absolutely no interest in acting again.

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"She's not going to be a Marvel hero or a Disney princess – none of these things.

"It's completely fabricated, and completely at odds with their plans, it's simply not a conversation that has happened."

Royal experts believe that Meghan has turned her back on acting for now.

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Deputy Editor of Royal Central, Brittani Barger, told Daily Star Online : "Meghan in a Marvel role is just a rumour, I don’t see her going into movies, especially in a starring role, right now.

"If she did, it would be very hard to separate her from her character and the movie, and I don’t think she’d want that as an actress.

"She might return to acting later on down the road, I think it would be hard to find a role for her because of her status, but who knows!

"She’s appeared in some Hallmark movies, so maybe makes an appearance there once again at some point."

Meghan flew black to Canada on Monday night following the Commonwealth Ceremony.

Prince Harry remains in the UK and is believed to be having meetings at Buckingham Palace.

The couple reportedly left their 10-month-old son Archie in Canada over coronavirus fears .

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Prince Harry reunites with Meghan Markle and baby Archie in Canada after final engagement as a senior working royal

The Duke of Sussex has had an emotional reunion with his wife Meghan Markle and their baby boy Archie Harrison after he flew back to Canada after his final visit to the UK as a working royal. Prince Harry was spotted on a commercial flight with his security team, travelling to Victoria International Airport on Thursday, according to a fellow passenger on Twitter. The couple are now both back with their son after completing their final engagements as senior working members of the royal family earlier this week. As Hello! reported previously, Meghan flew back to Canada on Monday, shortly after the couple attended the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Queen. But while Meghan reunited with baby Archie the following morning, Harry remained in the UK for work, including meetings at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

Harry and Meghan’s final joint appearance as senior working royals

Harry’s return to their new home in Canada must have been a poignant one – marking the start of an entirely new life for the 35-year-old. The Commonwealth Day Service was the couple’s final planned joint public appearance following their announcement in January that they no longer wished to be senior working royals. From 31 March, under an agreement with the Queen that will be reviewed in a year’s time, they will be free to pursue their own business interests. However, that means giving up all royal appointments and sources of funding, and Harry and Meghan confirmed they would, therefore, be shutting down their office at Buckingham Palace, resulting in job losses for up to 15 members of staff.

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As part of their brief visit to the country this month, which also saw the couple attend the Endeavour Fund Awards, which honour the sporting achievements of sick and wounded military veterans, Harry and Meghan hosted a leaving lunch for their team. HELLO! confirmed that this surprise goodbye meal took place at five-star Belgravia hotel The Goring last Thursday.

Harry and Meghan’s final round of engagements has seen the couple attend the aforementioned Commonwealth Day service and Endeavour Fund Awards, attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music while also carry out some private engagements over the past week.

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Prince Harry's Next Planned Outing in the U.K. Delayed as London Marathon Postponed Until October

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Another popular sporting event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The London Marathon will not take place on April 26 as planned. It has now been postponed until Oct. 4, according to the BBC. As patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Prince Harry was due to attend, as he has in years past.

This marks the first time the marathon has been postponed since it was first established in 1981.

“The world is in an unprecedented situation, grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19, and public health is everyone’s priority,” event director Hugh Brasher said in a statement released on Friday.

Runners who had a place in the marathon will still be able to use their place for the rescheduled event in the fall without any additional costs. However, runners who choose not to partake or will be unable to take their place can receive full refunds.

The London Marathon was one of the upcoming events Harry, 35, was planning on attending after officially stepping back as senior members of the royal family on March 31. He is also expected at the Invictus Games, his Paralympic-style competition for wounded veterans and service personnel, in The Netherlands this May.

Last year, while his wife Meghan Markle was pregnant with their now 10-month-old son Archie, Harry cheered on runners at the marathon. During his visit, he met with volunteers, watched some of the runners and presented medals to the London Marathon and Wheelchair winners, including the World Para Athletics World Championship Marathon.

Photos from the special outing were also shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram account that day, with Harry smiling brightly in many images.

“Today, The Duke of Sussex, Patron of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, attended the 2019 @LondonMarathon where he cheered on runners, thanked volunteers for their selfless support, and congratulated the winners,” the caption read.

“The Duke has been Patron of the Trust since 2012 because he believes that mental fitness is absolutely crucial to our wellbeing. These runners not only set a goal for themselves personally and emotionally, but the majority of runners choose to raise money for charity,” the caption continued. “It’s the perfect fusion of doing something good for yourself while doing good for others.”

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The London Marathon joins the slew of sporting events that have been canceled or postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak. On Friday, all football leagues, including the Premier League has been suspended until April 3, while golf’s PGA Tour canceled all events until April 16, including the Player’s Championship which commenced only yesterday.

As of Friday, the United Kingdom have reported a total of 798 confirmed cases and 10 deaths so far, according to the BBC.

The World Health Organization officially declared the virus a global pandemic on Wednesday.

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Prince Harry & Prince William’s Relationship Won’t Repair to Where It Once Was (Report)

Prince Harry and Prince William‘s relationship has been “forever changed.”

A source is speaking out about their relationship after long-standing rumors of a feud, and Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle‘s royal exit.

“They won’t get back to the way they were. Harry is looking straight ahead at his future with his family,” a source told People.

“He’s not looking back,” the source added. They also said that the royal couple plans to spend time in both Canada and California with their son Archie.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry all smiles after final royal engagement

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have completed their final ever royal engagement before they quit the Royal Family and start their new lives Canada.

Making their swansong as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the couple joined the rest of the Royal Family at Westminster Abbey for the annual Commonwealth Day Service.

However they were not part of the Queen's procession, as they were last year, and were shown to their seats with the rest of the guests.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also skipped the formal entrance in a last minute change to plans, made after the order of services were printed.

Meghan looked stunning in emerald green Emilia Wickstead for her final royal engagement and chatted to guests and met with children after the service.

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At today's event, Sussexes and Cambridges were not sat on the same row.

Meghan was seen to mouth “hi” and give a small wave to William and Kate, followed by a “hello”, as the Cambridges took their seat in the High Altar in the row in front of the Sussexes.

After the service, Meghan and Harry appeared to keep their distance from Kate and William, as they met with guests including Anthony Joshua and Craig David.

Prince Harry broke with coronavirus guidance for the event, which told people to avoid contact.

The Duke of Sussex however elbow-pumped the singer, while Meghan went in for a hug with Alexandra Burke.

Prince Charles however kept his distance as he was seen offering guests a namaste gesture as opposed to shaking their hands.

It's the first time Meghan and Harry have been seen publicly with the Royal Family since they announced their plans to quit.

Their decision is said to have caused a lot of anger and upset behind Palace walls, and they reportedly didn't consult their relatives before releasing their shock statement.

Announcing the news on their Instagram page in January, they said they want to "carve out a progressive new role within this institution".

Meghan and Harry flew back to the UK from Canada last week to carry out a farewell tour before the official Megxit date of March 31.

They've carried out a number of engagements, including a number of secret visits, as they say goodbye to their charities and patroneages.

They have done two joint visits, including a glitzy event on Saturday night which saw Harry don his full Captain General uniform for what could be the last time.

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Meghan wore a matching red dress for the annual Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington.

The couple received a long round of applause and a standing ovation as they took their seats in the royal box.

Meghan also gave a powerful speech at Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham in mark International Women's Day, where she encouraged students to "fight for what they believe in".

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Royal expert Phil Dampier, who wrote a book about the couple, told the Sun that Meghan's speech was a "clear signal she felt she was standing up for herself when she quit the Royal Family".

As part of their decision to step down, Meghan and Harry plan to become financially independent and will be free to earn their own money without the limitations of HRH titles.

However they've sparked fury by insisting the taxpayer should fund their security “based on the Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born a royal, his military service, the Duchess’s independent profile”.

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The bill could soar to £20million a year , sparking a huge row about who will have to cough up to pay the bill.

Senior officers are understood to be drafting emergency plans to double the ­protection team guarding the couple and their son Archie, ten months, who have all been in separate places recently.

It comes as police have been left stretched due to a decade of Tory cuts, and experts fear the move will put resources under even more strain.

Former Met protection officer Dai Davies said: “In their current state the plans are unworkable.

“Harry and Meghan’s ­situation has called for a complete ripping up of the ­rulebook and they are acting like none of the rules apply to them.

“There is already a severe lack of trained officers and this is only adding to the Met’s woes.”

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Archie, Louis, Charlotte and George: The meaning behind the royal children’s names

Despite living in the spotlight, there are things some of us still don't know about the royals including what their full names are. There is a whole brood of the younger generation of royals all with lovely names but what do they mean? Let's take a look…

Prince William, 37, and the Duchess Of Cambridge Kate Middleton, 38, have three children with gorgeous traditional names. Their first son is called Prince George Alexander Louis.

His first name come from the Queen's father, King George VI, whereas his middle name is the masculine version of the the Queen's middle name Alexandra and Louis is after Prince Philip's uncle Lord Mountbatten. Louis Mountbatten was also the Queen's second cousin, and he was killed by the IRA in the 1979 boat bombing.

Kate and William's daughter is called Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and she gets her first name from two places; Charlotte is the feminisation of her grandfather Prince Charles' name and also her aunt, Pippa Middleton's, middle name. The name Elizabeth is of course taken from the Queen's name, whereas her second middle name is from her deceased grandmother, Princess Diana.

The youngest of Kate and William's brood is Prince Louis Arthur Charles. The toddler again takes the name of Louis Mountbatten and the middle name Arthur was both the Queen's father King George VI's middle name and of course the name of the legendary king and leader of the knights of the round table. He is also called Charles after his grandfather and many other British kings.

As for their last names, they can be known both by the name of the royal house or by the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, which was adopted in 1917.

Meanwhile Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose not to give their son a royal title and they named him Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Unlike Kate and William's name choices, Archie does not have any royal connotations and Harrison is also an entirely new name to enter the family.

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At the time of announcing the name last year it was much more popular in Britain, and it stems from Archibald meaning "genuine", "bold" or "brave". Harrison has more of an American feel to it but it is very fitting because it was originally a surname meaning Harry's son.

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