Meghan and Harry will turn down Prince Charles’ invitation to stay with him in the UK so he can meet Lilibet because it would be ‘awkward’ after row over security, Queen’s biographer claims
The Prince of Wales, 73, offered to have his family to stay with him in the UK in the hope of meeting Lilibet for the first time, a source claimed this week.
The offer, which would be the first time the family have fully come together since Harry and Meghan moved to the US, was made just before Christmas, according to the Mirror.
However, royal biographer Angela Levin has claimed the couple won’t stay with Charles as it would be ‘too awkward’.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are unlikely to stay with Prince Charles after he offered his home to them, the Queen’s biographer has said. The couple are pictured with their children in California
She told the Sun: ‘Of course when you are married your partner has a say in it all and I don’t believe Meghan ever wants to come back here.
‘She would find it very difficult to stay with Prince Charles and the duchess [of Cornwall] because I think she would be quite awkward about it all.’
She added: ‘I think Charles is very brave, very honourable and it should really be Harry that apologises to him and try to get back in his good books but I think this looks as though it’s the other way round’
It comes as Harry’s refusal to return without a substantial level of security from the Met Police is said to have put the reunion in doubt.
It comes as Harry’s refusal to return without a substantial level of security from the Met Police is said to have put the reunion in doubt. Harry and Charles are pictured in 2019 at the Natural History Museum
What it really costs to guard Sussexes
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s security team in Canada was made up of at least six £60,000-a-year Scotland Yard protection officers.
But experts say the true cost of each officer would have been closer to £100,000 a year when taking into consideration overtime, flights back and forth to the UK, pension contributions and living expenses.
The couple spent more than three months in Canada before moving to California in March 2020 when they are reported to have hired top-of-the-range security firm Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA), used by A-listers including Jeff Bezos, Tom Hanks and Madonna.
The team from GDBA – described as a ‘secret service for famous people’ – is rumoured to cost about £7,000 per day, or £2.5million a year.
Harry and Meghan are likely to have been provided a team of six bodyguards, which could include former intelligence officers from the FBI and CIA, who work in rotation, with four on duty by day and two at night.
The couple’s American security would have no jurisdiction in the UK or access to intelligence information.
Prince Harry faced outrage over his threat of legal action against Her Majesty’s Government.
He is seeking a judicial review of the decision to strip him of his UK police protection team, claiming it is too dangerous to visit without Scotland Yard bodyguards.
A former head of royal protection warned the royal ‘cannot pick and choose’ when he wants to visit the UK and receive protection.
Dai Davies pointed out Princess Anne was nearly kidnapped and her protection officer was shot – but she does not get full time protection.
His comments came as sources suggested the Queen will not help her grandson in his demand for security personnel when he comes to Britain.
The insiders claimed the Monarch has no intentions of ‘caving into his demands’ for protection from the Met and Home Office.
Meghan and Charles were previously close and are said to have shared a bond of love of culture, art and history.
Charles is also said to be ‘desperate to see his grandchildren’.
A source told the Mirror last week: ‘The Prince of Wales has been saddened that he hasn’t had the opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren, which he really does miss.
‘He is a fantastic grandfather and loves playing the role immensely and it’s certainly fair to say he feels there is something missing from his life without the ability to get to know Harry’s children.
‘This is something he is hoping to remedy which is why he made the gesture for Harry, Meghan and the children to stay with him if they wanted to, whenever they may come home for a period of time.