King Charles ‘expected to pay for Prince Andrew’s private security’

Andrew has been given taxpayer-funded security but the deal is coming to an end, it is reported (Image: Getty Images)

King Charles is likely to pay for the Duke of York’s private security, despite refusing to pay for the protection of Prince Harry’s family.

Prince Andrew is to be stripped of taxpayer-funded protection from the Metropolitan Police, despite his “furious” objections.

It comes after he stepped down from royal public duties following allegations of sexual abuse by Virginia Guiffre and scrutiny of his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. He has repeatedly denied criminal guilt.

His security will be replaced by private security guards which will cost up to £3m a year, reports The Telegraph.

This is expected to be funded by his older brother Charles, as Andrew is believed to have no regular income.

The Duke of York is believed to have written to the Home Office and Scotland Yard to complain about being taken from police protection.

Harry and his wife Meghan are unlikely to be impressed by the news, as they claim the royal family cut their security with little warning back in 2020.

Their security was apparently removed on March 31, 2020, giving them less than three weeks to fix.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the United Nations, New York, USA - July 18, 2022

The Duke said his security was cut off with three weeks to find something else (Image: Shutterstock)

The couple said they were vulnerable having just announced their retirement and found themselves “completely surrounded” by the press on Vancouver Island in Canada.

In his new documentary, Harry said: ‘M asked me: “Would they remove our security?” I said, “They never will.”

“Meghan’s background, her legacy, the well-documented hate campaigns against us, suspicious packages being sent to the palaces, especially with her name on it or my name on it.

“She said, ‘Do you think they will?’ I said, “No, they never would.” And they did.’

Harry is taking legal action against the Home Office over a decision not to provide Met Police protection for himself and his family when visiting the UK from the US.

He says his own private security team does not have sufficient jurisdiction abroad, which would include accessing local intelligence and operating under the legal framework of law enforcement.

The Home Office has said its “protective security system is strict and proportionate”, but has declined to comment on ongoing legal proceedings.

Metro has contacted Buckingham Palace and a representative for the Duke of York for comment. Both declined to comment when contacted by The Telegraph.

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