Prince Harry and Meghan Markle given 'cast iron assurances' of protection upon landing in the UK today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be protected by the Met Police's Royalty and Specialist Protection unit

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been given "cast iron assurances" that their family will be protected today upon landing in the UK for the Queen's Jubilee.

Despite an ongoing row with the Home Office over the use of police guards, Harry, Meghan and their children Archie and Lilibet will be protected by the Metropolitan Police's Royalty and Specialist Protection unit.

In what will be there first family trip to the UK following their departure to the US in 2020, the couple are thought to be travelling without any senior staff and just a small security team.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be protected by taxpayer-funded the Met's Royalty and Specialist Protection Unit.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be protected by taxpayer-funded the Met's Royalty and Specialist Protection Unit.

The family will be staying at Frogmore Cottage, their home on the Windsor estate.

The assurance of taxpayer-funded officers follows extensive discussions between Harry's team and the Met's Royalty and Specialist Protection unit, according to The Mirror.

It is reported the Duke felt unsafe without ample security in place, and offered to pay for British police bodyguards himself.

The trip to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be the families first trip to the UK since departing for the US in 2020.
The trip to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be the families first trip to the UK since departing for the US in 2020.

In an interview with The Mirror, a source said Harry had always been "in favour" of returning to the UK for the Queen's celebrations, despite the Met's comments that its officers are not "guns for hire".

Their California home is monitored by a 24-hour private security team, which include 12 former special forces personnel.

Harry and Meghan are due to attend the Service of Thanksgiving alongside the Queen at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday morning, in addition to the BBC's Party at the Palace on Saturday evening.

Sources told the paper the Duke and Duchess will be keeping a low profile during their visit, to avoid overshadowing the four-day weekend celebrations of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Earlier this month the couple are reported to have attended a secret meeting with Harry's father Prince Charles, prior to flying out to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands. The Duke and Duchess promised Charles they would introduce Lilibet to the Queen.

The Queen has scheduled time to spend time with her great granddaughter Lilibet on Saturday, as the family will be celebrating her first birthday.