The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from royal duties last year and relocated to Los Angeles with their son Archie. The couple has since welcomed daughter Lilibet Diana. Since stepping back from duties as senior working royals, Harry and Meghan have claimed they were stripped of their royal protections.
Last week, the couple appeared in public for the first time together in months as they started their whirlwind visit of New York City.
The couple’s children were notably absent from their post-royal tour of the Big Apple.
Matt Fides, a former personal bodyguard to Michael Jackson, said leaving the children behind in Los Angeles was not surprising to him.
Mr Fides said: “I have seen this many times in my career and even when working with Michael Jackson, we had to leave the children behind many times against his wishes due to threats upon them for financial gain.”
He added: “When they left the Royals they also left the Royal protection behind, like Princess Diana, they have found themselves the most hunted public and media targets in the world.
“There will always be more media interest in them than any current Royal as they have gone against the establishment and continue to do so.”
During Harry and Meghan’s trip to New York, the couple were surrounded by armed security personnel.
Mr Fides said this was essential and was similar to government presidential protection like the Secret Service.
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He told the Daily Star: “The level of security around Meghan and Harry in New York is far greater than you would see with a megastar such as the late Michael Jackson or anyone else I have protected at the highest showbiz level.
“What they had in New York is similar to government presidential protection like the Secret Service.”
The former bodyguard added: “Going to New York on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 is very dangerous for such a high profile couple, especially with the current troubles in Afghanistan on where Prince Harry has served before.
“The visible display of guns on show and how the protection have arranged themselves around Meghan and Harry is on another level in comparison to normal bodyguards or protection teams even at high profile levels.
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“You can also see behind the securities masks – they are all wearing ears pieces to communicate with each other – this may be a clear hint that President Biden has given in to keep Meghan and Harry secure due to the risks.”
During their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Harry and Meghan claimed their UK security was withdrawn after they stepped down as senior royals last year.
Harry argued that the threat level for him was the same, but a royal expert claimed that is “just not how it works”.
Back in March, Russell Myers, Daily Mirror royal editor, told the Pod Save the Queen podcast: “Again, the issue of security could have been solved very, very easily if they had stayed as working members of the Royal Family.
“The Royal Family is an institution paid for by the taxpayer.
“They may be fabulously wealthy people, but the British taxpayer picks up the bill for an awful lot of things.
“And the Home Office under the British Government is responsible for those bills for keeping them safe.
“And when the couple, as the Sussexes did, announced that they wanted to step back or there were even rumblings that the Queen may have been aware of, why would they have put their neck out to say, ‘Well, we need to go back to the Government with our cap in hand and say we need a few more million to look after this family, who don’t even want to be in the Firm, don’t necessarily want to represent the Firm full time…’
“It just doesn’t work like that.”