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British police reportedly fear cost of guarding Harry and Meghan will spiral out of control

British police fear the cost of protecting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they trot all over the globe will soon spiral out of control, according to a report Tuesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a deployment of 10 specialist officers guarding them around the clock during their Canada stay for the holidays, with the family considered “internationally protected people,” according to The Times of London.

Their plans for a more permanent move to Canada could put a huge burden on London’s Met police, which is already finding it “extremely difficult” to train enough royal protection officers to meet demand — and already saw travel costs for the officers rise by more than $2.5 million last year, the report said.

A former Met police chief told the Times of London that the couple “have not thought out the security implications of their move and have put the Met in an impossible situation.”

The anti-monarchy group Republic claims royal protection already costs British taxpayers more than $135 million a year, the report said.

Harry is deemed high-risk because of his tours in Afghanistan as a British Army officer, as well as his current role as captain general of the Royal Marines.

The Duke and Duchess are also “demanding principals,” the Times of London reported.

During the couple’s Canada stay with baby Archie for the holidays, they were accompanied by six armed Met officers at all times, the report said. The overall deployment involved 10 officers because replacements had to be flown out to meet the demands for the 24/7 protection.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Global News on Monday that he was “supportive” of the couple moving there — but insisted it was still not clear how much it would cost his taxpayers. Canadian security will be provided even if the Sussexes continue to get guarded by British royal protection officers from Scotland Yard, according to the Evening Standard.

“There are still a lot of decisions to be taken by the royal family, by the Sussexes themselves as to what level of engagement they choose to have,” Trudeau said.

“We’re not entirely sure what the final decisions will be.”

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