Prince Charles will bankroll wayward son Harry’s post-Megxit life amid fears over the “mess” of his security arrangements — but has warned it’s strictly for one year only, according to a report Monday.
The 71-year-old heir to the throne has offered “private financial support” to his 35-year-old son, wife Meghan Markle, 38, and their baby son Archie as they cut ties with the royal family and settle in Canada, according to The Telegraph.
Charles will use his private investment income rather than revenue generated by the Duchy of Cornwall estate, which has traditionally funded his family, the newspaper said.
However, it is not an inexhaustible source of income — and the Prince of Wales has stipulated it will last just a year before the Sussexes’ so-called “abdication” deal is reviewed next spring, the paper said.
The biggest sticking point is still the security needed for the family overseas, with ongoing debate over how the costs — expected to run into the millions — should be split between Canada, the UK and the Sussexes themselves.
“The security is a complete mess,” a security source told The Telegraph. “It’s a huge mess.”
Canada will almost certainly need to play the key role because London’s Met police — which usually provides armed guards to the royals — would not expect free rein to send armed officers across the Great White North.
“The idea of Met cops arriving and leaving Canadian airports with guns is just not going to happen,” a source told the paper.
“Security will have to be locally provided. The Canadians will have to pay and then bill it back to the UK Government,” the source added.
Amid uproar over funding the Sussexes after they exit the royal family, that bill will likely be passed on to the Harry and Meghan — at least in part — who would use Charles’ cash to pay it, the paper said.
“If they increase the risk on themselves while doing all sorts of exciting things that make them a large amount of money, should that be part of the security deal or should the costs be borne by them rather than the state?” a former officer asked.
Queen Elizabeth II stressed in her weekend statement about the Megxit deal that “Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements.”
“There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly funded security,” the statement said, offering no further details.