Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to be protected by 'ring of steel' during UK trip

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are living in California after quitting royal duties, have travelled to Britain to carry out charity engagements. Harry and Meghan will step out today for the One Young World summit in Manchester before attending the WellChild Awards in London on Thursday.

Organisers of the two events for the youth charities are reportedly operating under a “ring of steel”.

The strictest security measures are being implemented to ensure the couple’s safety.

The Sussexes’ own security team and event organisers are expected to protect them at today’s One Young World summit.

A Greater Manchester Police source told the Sun its officers were not providing a “dedicated police resource”, with the event “being privately secured”.

The area surrounding the 2,300-seat Bridgewater Hall is due to be cleared 90 minutes before the opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, venue details for the WellChild Awards have only been shared with accredited guests and confirmed photographers.

It comes as Harry is embroiled in a legal battle with the Home Office over a decision not to allow him to pay for police protection for himself and his family when in the UK.

The Sussexes will reportedly be afforded “ad hoc security measures” during their visit.

A source said: “There is provision for individuals to be protected on an ad hoc basis. We saw when Harry arrived for the Jubilee that he was tailed by the Queen’s own car with security guards.

“There is no way anyone would want to let anything happen to either when they are on UK soil.”

And the couple will fall under royal police protection while staying at their former home Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate.

Meghan and Harry reportedly landed in Britain on Saturday for their first visit since the Platinum Jubilee in June.

They will kick off their visit with the One Young World summit later today.

Meghan, a counsellor for the organisation, will give the keynote address at the opening ceremony.

The pair will also meet a group of summit delegates doing “outstanding work on gender equality”.

Harry and Meghan will then head to Germany for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 One Year To Go event which is taking place on Tuesday.

They will return to the UK for the WellChild Awards on Thursday where Harry will deliver a speech.

Their trip comes days after Meghan’s interview with US magazine The Cut.

In the interview, the Duchess spoke of her efforts to “forgive” the Royal Family and hinted that she can “say anything”.

Meanwhile, Harry’s tell-all memoir has reportedly been pushed back as he agonises over which “truth bombs” to include.

The Sunday Times reported that the Sussexes are not expected to see the Queen, who is staying at Balmoral in Scotland for her annual summer break, during their UK return.

A source told the newspaper: “She doesn’t want to be on tenterhooks all the time, waiting to see what the next nuclear bomb will be — that will take its toll.”



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