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Meghan Markle and Harry's Africa job 'could cost taxpayer £1m in security'

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's security bill to move to Africa could reach £1 million ( 1 Pound = 1.95 NZD) a year, it is claimed.

a woman standing next to a man in a suit and tie: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at Buckingham Palace in London to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales. © PA Wire/PA Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at Buckingham Palace in London to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales. Harry’s advisers are reportedly working to create a role that capitalises on the couple's 'rock star' status, that could see the pair move to the continent for up to three years.

But such a move would require a dedicated team of Metropolitan Police Royal protection officers each to accompany them, The Sun reports. Their as-yet unborn baby would also be entitled to its own security, the paper adds.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls © Thomson Reuters Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London, Britain November 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls These security details could come with a hefty price tag, met by the British tax payer.

A security consultant estimates that could be in the region of £750,000 a year, according to The Sun, with a further £250,000 to cover travel, medical and insurance costs for staff.

a person in a suit standing in front of a statue: The royal couple could cost taxpayer another £1million for their stay in South Africa © AFP/Getty Images The royal couple could cost taxpayer another £1million for their stay in South Africa Former Scotland Yard commander John O'Connor has raised concerns about safety, and called for the family to help meet the cost.

“Southern Africa is not safe by any means and Islamic State have strongholds across the continent," he told the newspaper.

"It's only right that the Royal Family themselves contribute towards the security costs of protecting Harry and Meghan when they are there."

Royal experts have already warned costs could scupper the move, amid Brexit  and continued austerity from the Tory Government. 

Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, said she doubted it will come about.

But she added: “What Harry wants, Harry gets, and he always said he would like to live in Africa, so we will see."

Royal sources say the African scheme is “one of a number of options” but “nothing is off limits”, adding formal plans would not be in place until next year.

Prince Harry smiling for the camera: Prince Harry, in Lesotho, Africa, back in 2004 © Press Association Prince Harry, in Lesotho, Africa, back in 2004 But the couple are said to be keen to explore the idea in more detail after settling into life as new parents, even though it could fuel talk of a rift between Harry and his brother, Prince William.

A royal source said: “Harry has spoken about his love of Africa, in particular Botswana, which he has referred to as his second home.

“It’s widely understood that Harry and Meghan fell in love in Botswana and they returned there for Meghan’s 36th birthday in 2017.

Pictures: Maternity style of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

“Meghan sees the role as hugely exciting and something that could affect real change.

“The Duchess has long been an advocate of global causes, she has worked with the United Nations and charities such as World Vision across Africa and India."

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