Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be protected by a royal guard when they return to the UK for the anniversary celebrations, sources say.
The Sussexes and their children Archie and Lilibet have been given “cast-iron assurances” that they will be assigned specially trained police officers when they land in the UK this week.
They will be accompanied on the flight by their own security detail – but once they step on British soil they will be looked after by Met Police, the Mirror reports.
It is understood that royalty and the force’s special protection unit spent weeks getting in touch with the prince’s team.
Taxpayer-funded officials guaranteed the family throughout their stay, sources told the publication.
It comes after the Duke of Sussex took legal action against the UK government following a Home Office decision to strip him of police protection.
The 37-year-old’s lawyers told the Supreme Court he had “not been able to return home” as he feared it was too dangerous.
He has offered to pay for the Met – but was turned down, reportedly saying officers are not “guns for hire”.
However, it is claimed that he always wanted to return to the country to celebrate the anniversary with his family in the UK.
The Sussexes are under 24-hour surveillance by a team that appears to include 12 former special forces personnel.
One of her newest employees is Michael Jackson’s ex-bodyguard Alberto Alvarez.
Unlike Met officers, Alvarez is not allowed to carry guns in the UK, nor does he and his team receive information from the security services.
A source close to the Sussex camp told the newspaper: “For Harry, it’s always been about protecting his family.
“He was in constant contact with the relevant parties and made it very clear that he would not be traveling without cast-iron reassurances about his family’s safety.”
Robert Palmer QC, of the Home Office, told the Times that Harry will likely always receive senior police protection in the UK.
He was granted “a kind of exceptional status”, meaning that he would be eligible for personal protection in certain circumstances.
Harry and Meghan were last in the UK in April when they paid a private visit to the Queen and Prince Charles ahead of the Invictus Games in the Netherlands.
It is understood that Her Majesty has freed up space in her diary to celebrate Lilibet’s first birthday on Saturday.
It will be the first time she meets her great-granddaughter face to face.
The source said claims the Sussexes were “causing a scene or distracting from the Queen’s celebrations” were “nonsense”.
And they are understood to be planning to ‘glamour’ the monarch after promising to avoid the limelight during their stay.
They spend their visit at their former home, Frogmore Cottage.
Royal insiders believe the Sussexes, who have a £13million mansion in California, are planning to return to Windsor more often after signing another 12-month lease on the property.
They will attend St. Paul’s Thanksgiving Service on Friday and possibly the Jubilee Contest on Sunday.
However, they will not be standing next to the Queen and other senior royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
Prince Andrew was also excluded from attending.
Netflix cameramen filming the couple for their new Keeping Up With The Kardashians-style reality TV show are being urged to “move on” if they’re spotted during the celebrations, it said.
A team of palace ‘watchdogs’ have been tasked with stopping any moves by filmmakers to ‘exploit’ the streaming giant’s £112million deal with the Sussexes.
Meanwhile, a new poll suggests the couple’s popularity in the UK is at an all-time low.
About 63 per cent of those polled have a negative opinion of the couple, and Palace sources say there is some “nervousness” about their visit.
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