Sussexes’ security row could be fixed for Queen’s Jubilee: Prince Harry might return to the UK with Archie and Lilibet for the celebration after being ‘reassured’ about protection plans
- Prince Harry and Meghan visited the Queen at Windsor Castle last week
- The couple had brought over their own private bodyguards from the US
- They received a Special Escort Group (SEG) detail when travelling outside estate
- ‘Hybrid’ model likely to be offered to the couple and their children when visiting
Prince Harry might come back to the UK with his children for the Queen’s Jubilee after being ‘reassured’ about arrangements for their security.
Sources have told the Daily Mail that the prince appeared mollified at the plans put in place when he and Meghan visited the Queen at Windsor last week.
The couple brought over their own private bodyguards from the US but stayed on the Queen’s Windsor estate and received a Special Escort Group (SEG) detail when travelling outside.
The SEG provides mobile armed protection to both royals and government ministers.
Prince Harry might come back to the UK with his children for the Queen’s Jubilee after being ‘reassured’ about arrangements for their security
This ‘hybrid’ model is now likely to be offered to Harry, Meghan and children, Archie, two, and, Lilibet, ten months, when visiting.
It would be funded by taxpayers as the Home Office have made clear that they cannot agree private financial arrangements with anyone receiving Met Police security.
Harry, 37, is taking legal action against the Home Office after being stripped of armed police protection.
He says he does not feel safe under current security arrangements bringing his family to the UK and has offered to pay for British police bodyguards himself.
The duke’s barrister, Shaheed Fatima QC, previously told the High Court that Harry considers the UK ‘is and always will be his home’ and says he is keen to return to visit family and friends – although the prince this week said in a TV interview that home ‘is in the States’.
This ‘hybrid’ model is now likely to be offered to Harry, Meghan and children, Archie, two, and, Lilibet, ten months, when visiting
A well-placed source told the Mail: ‘Harry was fairly pleased with the way the operation worked [when he and Meghan came to Windsor] and the liaison between his security team and the Met. He believes it means a workable solution can be found, allowing him to come over with his children as early as the Platinum Jubilee.’
The source said they believed Harry would now row back from his legal action.
Whether this means his family will be seen on the balcony at Buckingham Palace alongside the Queen over the jubilee weekend remains to be seen.
Yesterday Harry rubbed shoulders with the King of the Netherlands on the last day of his Invictus Games in The Hague.
It also emerged that the former party prince enjoyed a pint of Guinness in an Irish pub the night before – before switching to lemonade.
John Gulay, 51, owner of O’Casey’s Irish Pub, recalled the now meditation-loving prince said: ‘One pint, that’s it’ and ‘I stick to one pint and then I’ll move to lemonade.’
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