On March 31 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially ceased to be senior members of the royal family. Their decision to step down from royal duties comes at a price. Their high security detail is alleged to have cost the UK taxpayer upwards of $9 million. No longer entitled to any public protection, and now based in Los Angeles, some argue the couple must foot the bill themselves. Others call this irresponsible, and say the state - wherever they live - should pay.
Harry and Meghan should pay for their own security
The couple cannot enjoy the benefits of being part of the Firm having chosen to leave it.
As civilians, they are responsible for their own security
Having left the Royal family, the couple is no longer classified as 'internationally protected persons'. It was this classification that meant state obligation to protect them. They now must live under the same expectations as every other private citizen.
Harry and Meghan knew the risk when they left the royals
The move to leave the Royal family was momentous, and not a decision taken lightly. The couple knew the possible outcomes when they chose to renounce their status. They should have anticipated paying their own security costs.
The responsibility should be shared, as both have a duty to contribute.
This is a shared burden
We cannot hold the royal family to the same expectations as the general public. Harry and Meghan have a burden that is partially the state's responsibility, but their decision to drop royal duties means that they should pick up some of the costs.