Princess Beatrice and Eugenie arrive at Prince Philip’s funeral
Members of the Royal Family take on high profile roles representing the monarchy and as such many of them are eligible for state-funded security to keep them safe. Royals will always receive taxpayer-funded security when completing royal engagements, but several senior working members are also entitled to round-the-clock police protection, whereas others have to pay for it privately. The Duchess of Sussex said she was concerned that her son Archie was not going to have HRH status, because that meant he was not going to be given full-time security.
She also appeared to take his lack of HRH status as a slight, because he was the first person of colour to be born into the Royal Family, even though he was never entitled to that rank according to Letters Patent, which dictates who is a Prince or Princess.
Meghan told Oprah: “They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess ‒ not knowing what the gender would be, which would be different from protocol ‒ and that he wasn’t going to receive security.”
She added: “How does that work? It’s like, ‘No, no, no. Look, because if he’s not going to be a prince, it’s like, OK, well, he needs to be safe, so we’re not saying don’t make him a prince or princess ‒ whatever it’s going to be…’
“But if you’re saying the title is what’s going to attend their protection, we haven’t created this monster machine around us in terms of…