Will Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Need Private Security?


Stepping away from the throne doesn’t mean stepping away from security. In light of Harry and Meghan’s decision to distance themselves from the royal family, Town & Country interviewed Insite’s Chris Falkenberg on the royal couple’s impending state of security.

Though Harry and Meghan are leaving England, they will always have protection from the British government while in the UK. “The general view is: the government is responsible for [Harry and Meghan’s security], because he didn’t wake up one morning and say, ‘I’d like to be a member of the royal family,’” Falkenberg says. As such, Falkenberg believes the couple is entitled to “as much security as they want” while in the UK.

North America, however, is a different story. According to Falkenberg, Harry and Meghan "will get the benefit of security operatives who are assigned to the British embassy and the British consulate” for short stays in the US and Canada. Yet if the couple settles permanently in the US, they will not receive full time protection. “I don’t know of any foreign member of a royal family who has full-time protection,” Falkenberg states.

Private protection is recommended for high-profile families living between multiple residences. For the primary home, Falkenberg suggests a security guard 24/7. “That security person would be at the residence, deal with any visitors or packages, monitor the alarm system and cameras…” Falkenberg says.

Equally important is a security driver and an advance agent. The advance agent makes sure clients enter a safe environment, and they can be present to aid evacuation or to deter any inappropriate conduct. Falkenberg believes the biggest risk confronting such public figures is the potential for surprise attacks. The whereabouts of high-profile figures “are always advertised and well-known, which makes it very, very easy to plan an attack.”

For the full interview, check out Town & Country.

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