Harry and Meghan’s move to Africa could cost $1.3 million in taxpayer money and people are not happy

Harry and Meghan’s move to Africa could cost $1.3 million in taxpayer money and people are not happy

Sometimes, it can feel as though we’re expected to do certain things and behave in specific ways. However, the Royal Family appear to have more rules than most. As well as their strict dress code that must be followed at all times, there are parts of their lives that almost seem to be written out as a law. That is until now. It appears that Meghan Markle is set to break all the rules after she joined the Royals back in May 2018.

Posing on the steps of the hospital with her newborn and avoiding public displays of affection are all out the window since this Duchess arrived on the scene. Unfortunately, it could be one move too far for the new couple. There are rumors that they could be moving across the world, but people are angry as it’s revealed the cost of Harry and Meghan’s move to Africa could be greater than most of us ever believed.

The talk of the town

Many members of the Royal Family have grown to become some of the most loved people in the world. However, there is one couple that appears to have dominated the world like never before: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The talk of the town

The pair tied the knot in May 2018, and have been in the limelight ever since. As if that wasn’t enough, a little one on the way means they’re often the top of the conversation. Although many Royals have raised their family in the public’s eye, it seems Meghan and Harry could be about to raise their baby in a new country altogether.

Keeping their distance

The couple were living in Kensington Palace alongside many other members of the Royal Family until the beginning of 219. It looked as though welcoming a new addition was enough to see Meghan and Harry look to spread their wings and move away from the comfort of home. It wasn’t long before they settled on Frogmore Cottage close to Windsor Castle. Now, the pair had all the space they needed to grow their new family.

Keeping their distance

While it appeared the move was a way for Meghan and Harry to find their feet, others worried that it could be all thanks to a feud within the Royal Family. Sadly, it seems that even Frogmore Cottage isn’t far enough. No, now there are reports the royal couple could be about to head across to South Africa shortly after welcoming their little one to the world.

A costly decision

So what is it that’s making them move hundreds of miles across the world? Thankfully, it seems as though the decision to up and leave their nation won’t be a permanent one for Harry and Meghan. In fact, it’s reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are merely considering a sabbatical role in Africa. That’s not all. There have been no set decisions about their new home, but reports in The Daily Mail state the pair could be moving to South Africa, Malawi, or Botswana.

A costly decision

However, the move is still in the planning stages. Moving to another continent would take Harry and Meghan away from the rest of the Royal Family for many months. To top it off, it appears the move could cost people living in the U.K. a lot of money – and not everyone is happy with the final bill.

Plenty of protection

The Royal Family are some of the most watched people in the world. The media often follows their every move as many want to keep up with their latest adventures or charity endeavors. Thankfully, the Royals are typically surrounded by many members of highly trained staff who all know how to work together to ensure the family is kept safe at all times.

Plenty of protection

The Metropolitan Police are prepared to deal with most situations that stand in their way. Plus, the force will follow the Royal Family all around the world to make sure they are protected across all four corners of the planet. That means the Met Police would have to follow Harry and Meghan on their latest adventure to keep them protected, especially as the new royal baby would be jetting off with their parents.

A huge bill

Although it could be an incredible experience for Harry, Meghan, and their new arrival, moving to South Africa could come at considerable costs to the rest of the nation. It’s believed that the Met Police already spend £130 million, over $169 million, a year to keep the Royal Family safe. This is money that all comes out of the force’s pocket.

A huge bill

That means the Met Police would be forced to fork out the extra costs they would need to make sure that Meghan and Harry are protected throughout the time away from the nation. Many reports state that it could cost over £1 million, more than $1.3 million, to cover all those extra bills if the couple go ahead with the trip. The Met Police confess they are already struggling for money and might not have the extra cash needed to pay for the costs.

Fighting the decision

That’s not all. It turns out the money would come out of British taxpayer’s money. That’s right; if Meghan and Harry jet off to South Africa, it could leave millions of people forced to pick up the bill – and not everyone is happy.

Fighting the decision

Many want their money to be put to other uses and not be spent on keeping the Royal couple safe while they raise their baby in another continent. It appears the public aren’t alone. Many experts have spoken about their feelings on the matter.

Other costs

It turns out that it’s not just the Met Police that could be facing a hefty bill if Harry and Meghan move to Africa. It looks as though three Royals in the area could put a huge strain on all the other police forces at their new home, too.

Other costs

The Royals are some of the most sought after people on the planet, and many people could try all sorts to get close to the family. The police would be responsible for making sure the family were protected at all times.

Breaking it down

A security consultant spoke to The Sun where they broke down the costs of Meghan and Harry moving to South Africa. They believed the protection bill alone would be at least £750,000, or $975,000. This is just the beginning.

Breaking it down

The consultant continued to explain that the insurance for everyone, any medical bills, and the travel costs for the Royals and the Met Police could cost at least £250,000, or $325,000. It soon adds up, and it might not be long before others are paying millions for the move.

Sharing his opinions

The Met Police wanted to remind the world that they won’t discuss the security of the Royal Family with the media. However, John O’Connor is a former Met Police commander, and now he has plenty to say on the matter.

Sharing his opinions

John believes that some regions of Africa are considered to be high risk already. This would only get worse if two of the most prominent members of the Royal Family were to move to the continent. It could already cost too much to send Harry and Meghan abroad for so long.

Footing the bill

John continued to tell The Sun that he has an answer to the money problems. In fact, Jon believes the Royal Family should “contribute to the cost” of the final bill if they decide to let Harry and Meghan go ahead with their plan.

Footing the bill

John thinks the added security dangers are a huge responsibility for any team. Plus, the former commander believes that “It’s only right” the Royals help to pay for any added security the couple will need throughout their time away.

Falling in love

The Royals have often been spotted out and about as they build relationships with nations all over the world. However, it seems that Africa has a special connection with certain members of the family, including Harry.

Falling in love

The Prince visited Lesotho in 2004 as the youngster headed off on a gap year. It looked as though the trip was enough to reignite his passion for the continent as it soon became a regular destination for Harry. In fact, it was like a second home.

Giving back

It wasn’t long after his gap year that Harry decided to give back to the continent. In 2006, the Prince was one of the co-founders of the charity Sentebale. The organization has helped hundreds of children in need.

Giving back

In fact, Sentebale focuses on vulnerable children living across Malawi, Botswana, and Lesotho as many of the youngsters find themselves falling ill and may need help with their mental health challenges. Prince Harry has been a leading figure for Sentebale ever since.

Raising awareness

Meghan Markle has also made her way to the continent over the years. Before she joined the Royal Family, Meghan acted as World Vision’s Global Ambassador from 2016 to 2017. It was her role to give the charity a boost.

Raising awareness

The former actress visited Rwanda in 2016 as Meghan wanted to see firsthand the effects of clean water and how it impacted children’s lives living in the area. Meghan soon appeared to fall in love with her work for the charity.

Spreading the message

It looks as though Meghan was willing to do whatever it took to spread the awareness of the charity and all the work they do to help youngsters living across Africa. There was more to the story than supplying clean water to people.

Spreading the message

It meant that many youngsters were no longer forced to walk for hours just to get clean water meaning they could go to school while other families could invest in their own businesses. Meghan was helping people to grow closer as a community.

Sharing their passion

Harry and Meghan’s love of Africa soon went a lot further as the pair realized that the other was just as passionate about the continent. In fact, the couple jetted off to Botswana in the summer of 2016 after only two dates.

Sharing their passion

The pair later returned in 2017 as they enjoyed a three-week vacation across Africa. The continent appeared to grow close to their hearts, and it wasn’t long before their charity work and passion became a considerable part of their lives.

A place to hide

It appears there’s more of a reason that Harry feels so passionately about Africa. It was the place he could escape to after the passing of his mother, Princess Diana. Prince Charles took Harry and William on a safari shortly after she passed.

A place to hide

This was a way for the Princes to lose themselves. After all, they were hundreds of miles away from the media meaning both brothers could get away from the grief of their loss. It was the perfect hideaway for the family.

Looking for an escape

Moving to Africa could be another way for Prince Harry to escape again, only this time, he’ll have a new family by his side: his own. Many Royal Family feud rumors have dominated the headlines for many months.

Looking for an escape

Some wonder if the rift started between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton while others feel the actual feud is between William and Harry. Could moving to a new country be a way for the Prince to escape from it all once again?

Strong opinion

One person who seemed to have had a particularly strong opinion about Meghan and Harry’s potential move to Africa was British broadcaster Piers Morgan. He was not thrilled with the idea at all.

Strong opinion

In fact he had some words to describe how he felt about this whole situation. The broadcaster reported this to Mail Online on April 23, 2019: “Why should the taxpayer fork out millions to make Harry and Meghan the King and Queen of Africa just to keep them away from Wills and Kate?”

Removing themselves

Other people have wondered if moving to Africa is Harry and Meghan’s way of trying to keep themselves away from the media. After all, the couple have been the talk of the world’s media ever since their wedding in 2018.

Removing themselves

It seems as though all eyes have been on the pair, and not always for the best of reasons. It could be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s way of removing themselves from the limelight to focus on their new growing family instead.

Creating plans

Sir David Manning has been working alongside the Royal Family for many years and is said to have grown especially close to Prince William and Prince Harry. It’s believed that David is the one to have written the moving plans.

Creating plans

However, The Sun reports that the ideas are still in the “brainstorming” stage and nothing has been set in stone. It appears there are plenty of factors to take into consideration, with the cost of it all being just one of many aspects.

Two plans

Many believe there are two plans that could take place. One involves Harry and Meghan jetting off to Africa for six months. Another states the couple could head there for four months at a time for the next two years.

Two plans

Either way, it doesn’t look as though Meghan and Harry will be gone for good, but they will be out of the country for many months at a time if the rumors are true. Their absence could leave a huge gap in the Royal Family that hasn’t been seen before.

Putting plans on hold

The Sunday Times reports that it’s likely a decision won’t be made until 2020 as there is still plenty to plan. Plus, Meghan is due to give birth any day soon. Putting the move on hold will give the couple time to settle with their new little one.

Putting plans on hold

To top it off, Harry and Meghan will be surrounded by the rest of the Royal Family as they stay in the U.K., and the new addition will be older before they make their move across the world.

An unclear future

It looks as though no one is willing to confirm anything just yet. In fact, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying “No decisions have been taken about future roles” when the team was questioned about the couple’s future roles.

An unclear future

It’s thought that Meghan and Harry will continue their current positions within the Commonwealth and the move could be a way for the Royal Family to build bridges with nations overseas. However, only time will tell if they will be packing their bags anytime soon.