Platinum jubilee: Security experts say Harry and Meghan could stay at Windsor Frogmore Cottage

prince harry Y Meghan Markle they can stop inside Frogmore Cottage over the bank holiday and only leave to attend two Platinum Jubilee events because they are denied 24/7 VIP armed protection by British police, experts told MailOnline today.

The Sussexes and their two young children are expected to land in the UK on Wednesday, just a few months after Harry claimed he “couldn’t go home” because it was too dangerous.

But after a secret visit to see the Queen at Windsor Castle in late April, the sixth in line to the throne was given “cast iron guarantees” that he, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet will be protected during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations that start tomorrow and end on Sunday. It’s only the second time Meghan has returned to the UK after they sensationally stepped down from their royal roles in 2020.

Simon Morgan, a former Royal Protection Officer, told MailOnline today that Harry would have no way of influencing the decision made by MI5, the Home Office and the Foreign Office, even if he pressured his grandmother to intervene. As a result, they may be forced to keep a “low profile” during their stay and not host their own events.

Morgan, who now runs the security business Trojan Consultancy, said: “If they stay at Frogmore Cottage they will be extremely safe there and that may be why they’re not doing anything outside of the main Platinum Jubilee events because they don’t I have protection for that’.

the duke and duchess of sussex They are believed to be traveling without senior staff and only a small security detail, having left their most trusted workers behind in California, according to people with knowledge of their travel plans.

His bodyguards, who have included those responsible for the security of Barack Obama and Michael Jackson, will not be able to carry weapons in the United Kingdom and the Metropolitan Police will have primacy in matters of security as soon as they get off the plane.

British officers will stand guard at Frogmore Cottage, where they will be protected 24/7. But this will not extend to private events such as socializing with friends in restaurants and pubs or shopping outside the Queen’s Windsor Castle estate.

The couple are expected to attend the Service of Thanksgiving with the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning, as well as the BBC Party at the Palace the following night. Simon Morgan hopes that they will receive armed protection at these events and on the journey to and from Windsor due to the planned jubilee security operation.

“The jubilee is one of the highest-risk events in years, and the Met has a duty to protect attendees, especially the royal family and foreign dignitaries,” Morgan said.

Harry and Meghan pictured together at a volleyball event during the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark in April.

Harry and Meghan pictured together at a volleyball event during the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark in April.

In April, the couple hired Christopher Sanchez, a burly former bodyguard for President Obama, pictured gray-haired behind the duchess keeping an eye on them at Invictus.

The Sussexes are expected to stay at Frogmore Cottage, where they will throw a small party for Lilibet that the Queen may attend.

The Sussexes are expected to stay at Frogmore Cottage, where they will throw a small party for Lilibet that the Queen may attend.

It is understood that the Met’s Royal and Specialist Protection unit spent weeks in contact with Harry’s team to ensure that taxpayer-funded officers look after them as much as possible. Mirror reports.

Lilibet turns one on Saturday, and a party is expected at Frogmore that is likely to be attended by royals including Princess Eugenie, who is close to Harry and Meghan, and the Queen could also appear if she doesn’t attend the Epsom Derby. It will be the first time that the monarch meets with the great-granddaughter who bears her name.

But Prince William and Kate will not be there because they will be representing Her Majesty in Cardiff when the royals are sent to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to mark the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.

Harry and Meghan are expected to attend the Service of Thanksgiving with the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning, as well as the BBC Party at the Palace the following night, according to the report.

But the sources added that the Sussexes will not be running their own program of events while in Britain to avoid overshadowing the four-day weekend of celebrations marking the 70-year reign of Harry’s 96-year-old grandmother.

This suggests that they may remain on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where they will be protected by armed police at all times. But this will not extend while they are at private events, such as socializing with friends in restaurants and pubs or shopping.

The UK’s stance stands in contrast to the pair’s treatment at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in April, where they were allowed VVIP status.

A former US presidential secret service agent was assigned to lead the couple’s protection, and off-site security was provided by armed protection officers who usually protect the King of the Netherlands. A Land Rover with two other private security guards drove with Harry and Meghan’s vehicle, with an unmarked car containing two members of the Dutch Royal Protection Squad.

Security experts, including Morgan, said at the time they “couldn’t understand” why Harry felt safe in the Netherlands but not in the UK.

Harry, 37, is taking legal action against the Home Office after being stripped of permanent police protection after resigning as a senior royal.

Harry has since claimed that he did not feel safe under these security arrangements when he brought his family to the UK and that he “couldn’t return home” for fear it would be too dangerous. He had even offered to pay British police bodyguards himself, but the Met said its officers cannot be paid.

Harry and Meghan pictured with their three-year-old son Archie and daughter Lilibet, who turns one this weekend.

Harry and Meghan pictured with their three-year-old son Archie and daughter Lilibet, who turns one this weekend.

Prince Harry is taking legal action against the government over its decision to remove his security (above, Harry and Meghan with bodyguards in New Zealand in 2018)

Prince Harry is taking legal action against the government over its decision to remove his security (above, Harry and Meghan with bodyguards in New Zealand in 2018)

Police officers patrol Windsor ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May 2018

Police officers patrol Windsor ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018

Sources told The Mirror that he has always been “in favor” of returning to the UK for the Queen’s celebrations, despite the Met insisting its officers are not “guns for hire”.

At their US home, Harry and Meghan are protected by a 24-hour security team, which includes 12 former members of the special forces.

A source said: “For Harry, this has always been about protecting his family.

He has been in constant contact with the relevant parties and made it very clear that he would not travel without receiving iron guarantees about the safety of his family.

“He is pleased that the correct procedures have been put in place and everyone is looking forward to this week’s celebrations and of course spending time with Her Majesty.”

It comes after the couple met the monarch in a brief secret meeting with Prince Charles before flying to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands earlier this month.

At the meeting, Harry and Meghan promised that they would introduce the Queen to Lilibet, who is named after her.

With the Queen expected to pace herself over the four-day bank holiday weekend, extended so the nation can celebrate the jubilee, there is speculation that she will not travel to Epsom Racecourse for the Derby on Saturday as she does not have a runner. , although another of his thoroughbreds is entered in a race.

The Duke and fiefdom Nacho Figueras played their last polo match in Santa Barbara on Sunday before Prince Harry travels to London with his family to celebrate the Queen's jubilee.

The Duke and fiefdom Nacho Figueras played their last polo match in Santa Barbara on Sunday before Prince Harry travels to London with his family to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee.

The day could be the perfect opportunity for the royal family to gather to celebrate Lilibet’s christening at Windsor Castle on the girl’s first birthday.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment on the reports, saying: “Frogmore Cottage remains the UK home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

The Mail revealed on Saturday that the Queen will spend time with family on Saturday to celebrate Lilibet’s birthday.

She has never met her great-granddaughter and hasn’t seen Archie in person since he was a baby and his parents took him to Canada and then to the United States.

There has also been speculation that the couple may attempt to have Lilibet baptized while they are here in the private chapel at Windsor Castle, where Archie was also christened in 2019.

And earlier this week, she shared a post praising the Duke on Instagram, writing: ‘So glad to see you smile and be so happy. I love being your teammate.

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