Meghan Markle is getting a bigger security detail & Harry’s not paying for it

Invictus Games Toronto 2017 - Day 3

Meghan Markle needs to finish up filming on Suits. At this point, she can’t stay in Toronto very much longer. It must be a pretty serious security threat already, the fact that she’s still living in the same rented house in a sleepy neighborhood. Apparently, whenever Prince Harry has visited her in the past year, he’s brought visible – yet discreet – security along for the ride. But now that Meghan is Invictus-Official (a designation I just made up), that means she’s basically adjacent to being engaged. Which means there’s an even bigger security threat. So, obviously, she needs more protection in her daily life in Toronto, for however long she’s going to be IN Toronto. So obvious story is obvious:

Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle is being protected around the clock by a security detail paid for by her employers, DailyMailTV reveals Thursday. The team is understood to have been hired locally in Toronto, where the Suits star lives, but well-placed sources said that the bill is being footed by NBC Universal, the American media giant which makes her TV show, legal drama Suits. The detail was engaged because of Markle’s growing profile, fueled this week by her first public appearance with the prince, at his Invictus Games in Toronto.

Although there is not understood to be a specific threat, the combination of her growing public profile and an awareness that Harry has claimed there have been social media attacks on Markle for her biracial heritage appear to have prompted to move. And although the actress, 36, briefly enjoyed protection from bodyguards during Saturday night’s Invictus Games Opening Ceremony, boyfriend Prince Harry, 33, is not funding the detail.

Currently, Los Angeles-born Meghan is not entitled to taxpayer-funded protection in Canada because she is not an official member of the royal family. However, if the couple were to become engaged and she were to remain in Toronto, it is likely that her security would be taken over by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who provide protective services to the royals while they are in the country. If she were to move to the UK after an engagement, it is likely that she would follow in the footsteps of Kate Middleton, who was given Scotland Yard royal protection officers when she became engaged to Prince William in 2010.

Prior to becoming engaged to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge was looked after by a security team paid for by her now husband using his private fortune. Harry, who also has a private income, could have done the same for Meghan but it is her employer who has stepped in.

Along with funding Meghan’s personal protection team, NBC Universal is also understood to have paid for security measures at her home and on the Suits set. At Meghan’s rented home, in Toronto’s hip Annex district, new security cameras have been installed front and back, and a team performs regular sweeps of the street. Neighbors told that security becomes even more intense when Harry is staying at the home, with one saying the street is ‘full of police’ when he is there.

[From The Daily Mail]

I wonder if NBC Universal is paying for the security because they don’t want to get sued, because they perhaps had more specific knowledge of the kinds of threats being made against Meghan? You know what I mean? I’m struggling to see NBC Universal’s liability if one of their on-screen actors simply begins dating a high-profile royal figure. They’re only liable if they know of specific threats, or if those threats are affecting the show, or the threats are coming from within NBCUniversal. One would think. Maybe someone at NBC Universal just wants to help out Meghan and they realized that Meghan-dating-Harry is probably great promotion for Suits…? Seriously though, Meghan has given the show buckets of free publicity. So they’ll help her out. And as soon as she’s done with the show… on to London, I hope.

Here are some photos of Harry on WE Day in Toronto yesterday:

Prince Harry attends a WE Day

Royal attendance at WE Day in Toronto

Photos courtesy of WENN, Backgrid.

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  1. Tina says:

    This was not an issue in Grace Kelly’s day (or was it? I have no idea). I don’t want to rush them, but this is an unfortunate reality in today’s day and age. If they are engaged, it would be a good idea to announce it soon so that the official processes can be set in motion. I’m not a huge fan of the amount we pay for the royals, but proper security for them is non-negotiable.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      I’m sure MGM provided security for Grace Kelly. And I don’t think there was a need for it like today.

      • Lady D says:

        I’m just as sure there was a need for it then, too. The nuts were out, you just didn’t hear about it. Like a argument I had with a friend recently. She said there never used to be as many pedophiles as there is now. I told her there were, it’s just that their crimes weren’t publicized so the general public didn’t hear about them. There has always been freaks out there.

      • magnoliarose says:

        You are right. There was no internet to track someone, but I am sure she had a bodyguard.

    • Lavin says:

      William did not pay for Kate’s security as girlfriend from his own private fortune. That’s such DMail bull. Someone paid but it wasn’t out of Williams pocket.

      Meghan and Harry will announce soon, engagement before Christmas I say!
      It’s nice of her Bosses to pay.

      Also as a single working woman, compared Meghan will bring Millions dollars of HER OWN MONEY into the marriage, way more than Kate, who had virtually no income.

      Meghan is worth around 5 to 7million. Kate had very little money of her own. She never worked for more than a few months and she had no trust fund. Her parents supported her from their income.

      • SoulSPA says:

        @Lavin, please source the info as to which Meghan is worth that much money. Suits is not a big show. I don’t see how she could have made that much money from her only steady acting work. Unless she made some extra money for the last season but I don’t get the maths there.

      • Merritt says:

        I don’t know that Meghan has that much money. But she earns money from both the show and she has money from former endorsements.

      • Tina says:

        Those “how much is so- and so- worth” websites think that everyone takes and keeps all of their salary and doesn’t spend it on anything. People have rent, food, clothing and travel to pay for.

      • Megan says:

        I don’t want to pit Kate against Meghan, but I do think Kate’s crazy spending comes from the fact that she truly doesn’t understand money because she has never had to support herself. It also clearly contributes to her confusion over her role as working royal.

        Not that I think this will ever happen, but Meghan would be a great peer mentor for Kate.

      • Lavin says:

        Forbes magazine has it and various other celeb listed worth sites, Just google it.
        It’s old news really. This lady has been working for years, even if most or many never heard of her.

      • Erinn says:

        She’s been working for years, Lavin – but most of her acting work was very minor parts – some where she went uncredited – a lot of guest roles here and there. Suits is her only really ‘big’ project and it’s not even THAT big. It’s well liked, but it’s not something that is looked forward to by a huuuuge population every week in the same way the ‘major’ shows are. Her ex-husband was a producer on Remember Me which would probably be one of her bigger roles outside of Suits… and her character isn’t even mentioned in the plot summary I just read, plus the movie was only budgeted for around 16mil. She does okay. She doesn’t go huge gaps without work, but I would venture that she’s earned a good chunk of her net in sponsorship/endorsements.

        They’ve estimated her yearly income to be around 400k – which isn’t a staggering amount of money – but it’s certainly a very nice life.

      • magnoliarose says:

        She has done commercials, was a rep for a clothing brand I believe and the show is more popular globally. Besides you never know what investments someone may have or overseas advertisements.
        It is possible.

      • FuefinaWG says:

        She probably made the money through endorsements (+ acting roles) and possibly investing in real estate in So Cal.

      • whatever says:

        “Meghan is worth around 5 to 7million”

        @Lavin – There is no way she is worth that much. People are forgetting she’s 6th lead on a cable TV show and not part of an ensamble cast on a Emmy/Golden Globe winning Primetime Drama. Realistically, she’s going to be lucky to be earning anything close to $500k a year from Suits and from that income she will be paying double taxes (US and Canada), rent/mortgage, agent/management, publicist, stylist, lawyers fees (for previous divorce),car payments, household bills etc.. She also has never taken on any high profile movie projects in her breaks from no income from that. She has endorsements but as a TV actor who isn’t on Emmy/GG winning show or hasn’t won such awards herself she is not going to be paid the same amount for endorsement contracts as say Sofia Vergara for example.

        She has money..more than Kate that for sure maybe 1 or 2 million but not as much as you have stated.

        Also Forbes has no clue what they are talking about. They don’t have access to celebrities bank accounts and are just making guesses, not taking into account all the people that are entitled to a slice of an actors pay check, taxes and other expenses.

      • Combat Vet's Girl says:

        LOL she’s not worth $5-7 million. That’s pocket change compared to Harry’s wealth even if she was worth that–which she’s not. She was barely known before she became Harry’s GF. She’s comfortable, no doubt, but wealthy? I don’t think so. Her house in the Annex is MAYBE worth $1.5 million CDN (not much in Toronto where the avg home price is around that mark).

      • FLORC says:

        Those sites are widely criticized for tallying up money earned without deductions. Many also round up when unsure of exact figures.
        It all serves as “clickbait” and cannot be taken at face value. Even from outlets like Forbes. They’re financial based, but don’t think for a moment they won’t dive into vague estimates when in the context of entertainment value for viewership.

        Take a step back. If meghan earned 150k for a single role. She’s paying taxes. She’s paying for daily expenses. She’s paying a manager. She’s spending. It’s unrealistic to think she’s worth so much when you take all the factors in.

        And lots of those sites also sneak in ways to bump up the net worth like attach their significant others finances. Only real way we know her net worth is if she discloses her bank account activities.
        Lastly, look at lots of other actors that are listed as among the highest paid. Doing millions per role multiple times a year in their prime. Meghan is no where remotely close to that level, but if those figures on those sites are to be believed she is bringing in far more per endorsement and role eith mpre frequency than we are aware of.

    • KiddVicious says:

      I don’t think there was this much courtship between Rainier and Kelly. He saw her on a yacht and within a few months a dowry was handed over and they were engaged and soon married. Any publicity came from the studios and was very controlled.

    • bettyrose says:

      Lady D:

      Your friend is right. Fifty years ago there were fewer pedophiles on the internet. (However, she might want to visit an art museum or read a book sometime if she thinks children were never desired by adults in olden times).

  2. Lainey says:

    The extra security was added months ago. there was pics of the security cameras being added to her house around last November. The dms just making a story now cause if the engagement expectations.

    • seesittellsit says:

      @Lainey – I think there’s some truth to that. The question is, who was paying for the private security around her house? Harry or Canadian taxpayers? They have to be really careful about that last. There have been occasional flaps already about what taxpayers spent on William and Kate’s security, accommodations, etc., and that was after they were married.

      • Megan says:

        NBC Universal is paying for her private security.

      • Royalsparkle says:

        Prince Harry more than likely was paying per past report.

        Seem NBC is solidifying viewerships positive spin (and SUITS) – and will payoff to have major access to the Royal Wedding. And partly to squash UK articles that Meg Sparkle is receiving RPOs and not yet an Official Royal engagement.

        NBC has Meg WORKing, good PR having come out at Invictus as a major Royal boost for NBC.

        Pretend cowgirl pips middleton job hunt looks like waste of.

      • Lorelai says:

        @RoyalSparkle: that’s sort of the way I was thinking of it. Meghan has brought untold publicity to Suits — money can’t even buy the higher profile the show has now! — and they might want to be as good to her as possible in the hopes that she will view them favorably in the future, if there is some sort of cast reunion or they approach her to appear in a cameo on the final episode. They probably see it as a good investment to stay on her good side!

        IDK if it’s necessary since she seems to have thoroughly enjoyed everything about being on Suits and she realizes that most of what she has is because of the show, but you never know.

        Does anybody know: Has it been confirmed that this coming season of Suits is the last one?

      • Mazzie says:

        She’s not a royal, she’s a private American citizen. We wouldn’t be paying for her security out of our tax dollars.

      • bettyrose says:

        Yeah, I’d never heard of Megan Markle or Suits before the Harry connection. I still haven’t subscribed to Showtime, but I have definitely youtube’d some scenes from the show. They totally owe her for the publicity.

  3. Really? says:

    If these two are engaged, they won’t make the announcement until after she is done with Suits. Too much chaos if they do it now, especially with her living alone in Toronto. Once she’s done with Suits, they make the announcement and she goes England.

    • Lavin says:

      The bosses will probably allow her to film all her final scenes way ahead of the announcement and she’ll be safely nestled in The UK in the Palace by the time of the announcement.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Suits is already allowing her to film her final scenes.

  4. seesittellsit says:

    I worked in domestic violence for nearly a decade, and workplace harassment by husbands/partners was sticky legal wicket for employers. Harry is also in sticky territory because Canada is not the UK, despite the links. Kate wasn’t an employee of a major corporate enterprise, lived in England, and was for a long time William’s likely future consort – I don’t he was paying protection for her in the earlier years of their relationship. If Harry let’s Canadian taxpayers for it, there’s a flap waiting to happen right there, and if he pays for it himself, it’s tantamount to an engagement. If nothing is done, she’s not only at risk herself but so are the other employees given the scale of attacks these days. So the company did the sensible thing from every possible front: their own PR, their show’s profile, and good relations with what may turn out to be the BRF’s fist primarily based Canadian branch. I’m still wondering if Governor General of Canada is in the works for Harry after he marries.

    Diana, by contrast, was left completely on her own until the morning of the engagement, when a protection officer arrived at the door of that Colehorne Court building on the dot. Of course, that was a different era, sadly said.

    • Suze says:

      You are 100% right here. Her company is doing the right thing by her. Good.

      It’s amazing that Diana navigated that crazy situation on her own. It was insane around her. As someone who actually lived in London during the summer of 1980, I can tell you the level of interest in Diana was off the charts, and she was, for the most part, a 19 year old coping with it on her own. Even her own family wasn’t around.

      • bettyrose says:

        Is it at all possible that the RF was still very sequestered and had no idea what the world was like in 1980? Didn’t know what Diana was subjected to? IDK. There was no Internet, no 24/7 cable news, but mygawd there were tabloids and significantly blurred lines between public personas and private citizens. I was a young child across the Atlantic, and yet I heard about Diana all the time in those days.

    • Scotchy says:

      I for one am glad NBC stepped in because I don’t want my tax dollars paying for her security detail.
      Just a quick lil note regarding the position Governor General while appointed by the Queen is Canadian Citizen so Harry wouldn’t receive that appointment.
      Currently next in line is Julie Payette a Canadian Astronaut.
      I personally loved Michele Jean and wished another ethnic Canadian would get nominated to the post but c’est la vie, at least is a woman and a former astronaut at that:)

      • seesittellsit says:

        @Scotchy – oh, thanks for filling in that info about the GG of Canada! I didn’t know that. Too bad, it would have been a perfect spot for the newly married Harry and MM, don’t you think?

      • Mazzie says:

        @seesittellsit No, it really wouldn’t. Installing someone who, while he is part of the Crown of Canada, is basically a foreigner and his American wife would be a political disaster and would probably guarantee that a strong, successful move to get rid of the monarchy and the Queen as head of state for Canada. Then Harry would get booted out anyway.

    • Megan says:

      The world is so full of crazies, I suspect plenty of threats have been made against the studio where they film Suits. NBC is protecting Meghan and everyone else, which I think is a small price to pay for this much free PR.

    • Tina says:

      I’m not aware of any specific requirement that the Governor General be a Canadian citizen, but the last British GG was Viscount Alexander, who stopped being GG in 1952. I can’t imagine anyone in Canada wanting to go back to having a British GG, even one as charming as Harry.

    • Mazzie says:

      No. Harry will not be made Governor General of Canada. We’re independent and as of 1982, all decisions involving Canada are made by the Canadian government and as such, the GG role will always go to a Canadian. Putting a British person in, especially a royal would be a political hot potato that no one wants to deal with.

      • lala says:

        plus our new GG will be a freaking astronaut 🙂 who wants Harry when we are getting Julie Payette!

      • Nic919 says:

        The Queen is only a symbolic head of state in Canada. The Governor General is decided by the PM and the Queen just rubber stamps. They are not going to make Harry a GG because they have all been Canadian since Vincent Massey. If anything would stir the embers of Canadians wanting to fully separate from U.K. monarchy it would be placing a foreigner as GG.

      • Mazzie says:

        @lala Yes! We get a scientist, an astronaut and a woman as GG. Why would we want a British royal when we have Ms. Payette.

  5. Allie B says:

    Is she good on the show? Never seen it.

    • AbbyRose says:

      I’m curious to know if there’s been an increase in the ratings for the show since she’s been with Harry. Have the “buckets of free publicity” actually helped the show?

      • aang says:

        I wonder. I’d never heard of her or the show before I read about it on CB. I’ll likely never watch it.

      • D Train says:

        I actually really loved the show before any of this popped up! But I am a sucker for any legal dramas! I love the main character, Harvey (such eye candy), and the plot lines are usually pretty interesting.

        She is good in it, she has a great love plot line since the beginning while also working her way up to lawyer status, but she is barely in episodes now. And, the sizzle that was there in every other season with her love interest (now fiance) is gone. They barely get within 5 feet of each other!!

      • Imqrious2 says:

        I’ve watched since day 1, and LOVE the show (and her and Donna’s characters especially). I’ve turned quite a few people onto the show over the years and they all love it, too. I think MM is a pretty good actress; her character is very believable; the whole cast is good (though “Harvey”-Gabriel Macht-can be a little wooden).

      • Lorelai says:

        I watched the show from the beginning (my husband and I are both attorneys so will usually at least check out any new legal drama) and I LOVED the first few seasons.

        Meghan’s character was small at first but grew. I thought she was very good/likeable. Nothing Emmy-worthy, but it was an enjoyable show to be sure.

        The storylines started to grow tiresome after a few years so we gave up on it at some point, but I highly recommend the first few seasons for anyone interested. They’re very binge-able.

        It doesn’t hurt that the two male leads are soooo handsome 🙂

      • PrincessK says:

        I am very sure Meghan has helped the show. I had never heard of Meghan or Suits but my daughters apparently had been watching Suits on their laptops and were surprised to learn that Meghan was biracial and had no idea she was Harry’s GF.

        Anyway I specifically bought Suits Season 1 and 2 on DVD because of Meghan. Legal dramas are NOT my thing but I am forcing myself to watch it because of her. But it is very fast paced and slick and seems to be rather low budget, the acting is OK and Meghan’s acting does not really stand out , I think quite a few of the others are probably more experienced actors than her.

        So far she has a sweet girl next door type of role, so nothing challenging. I hope that when I start Season 2 it will have subtitles because they all seem to be speaking so very fast to cram all their lines in ( a sign of a low budget) and I can’t understand their accents as a result.

        I will probably buy more Seasons because of Meghan, I am pretty sure the mannerisms she displays in the show are her own in real life, so I see what endeared her to Harry. So, yes Meghan is helping the show in many ways and the least they can do is help her with security and hopefully pay her more money. 😄

        Yes, Harvey IS eye candy, he should have been Meghan’s love interest and not that wimp.

      • Megan says:

        I’ve never seen it, but my niece has been trying to get me to watch it for years. I can only do one series at a time and I am on seaso n 2 of Maters of None at the moment. It will take me years to get around to Suits.

    • Fiorucci says:

      She’s pretty much as good as the others on it! I guess some ppl love Gina Torres and I can see why but otherwise I never wondered about a break out star from the cast of suits It’s just an ok show , the first season is good but there’s a gimmick (not a spoiler it’s obvious from the first episode). I stopped around 3-4 seasons. her boss should pay for this as she’s getting Suits a lot of interest. If you like shows about lawyers I love HTGAWM.

    • SoulSPA says:

      I’ve seen the first two seasons of the show and so far I’ve love it. Totally recommend that people see at first the first episode. First season out of curiosity and because a CB (sorry I don’t remember her moniker!!) had positive feedback on it. It was difficult to assess her acting skills because I had already read about her so I tried to be very neutral. I am not in the business nor a specializedcritic!! IMHO she is not a brilliant actress on the show. The actresses for the other two main female characters are a lot, lot better. But she must have done it well enough to be on the show for several seasons – producers and public must like her. JMHO. I still like the show.

  6. Gippy says:

    Smart move for NBC, lord knows they can afford it. Anyone have an ID on her sunglasses ?

    • Millenial says:

      It’s probably a good thing for NBC Universal to have a cozy relationship with a future royal. When it’s time to give on-camera interviews, which network will she turn to? Likely the one that was nice to her!

      • PIa says:

        Um, E! News has been getting all the MM stories recently, so there might be an agreement. We pay for security, you give us the insider PR stories and an official interview when the time comes.

      • notasugarhere says:

        That would never happen, Pia, too easy to track. E like Lainey is wrong too often to be insiders. NBC appears to be paying.

      • Lavin says:

        Yes E! , is part of NBC Universal Corp

      • notasugarhere says:

        Again, that would be too easy to track and for someone on the inside to make money selling info about it. More sense if NBC Universal is paying as it says.

    • BeamMeUpScottie says:

      @ Gippy, It’s finlayandco.
      Per their social media, Meghan Markle wearing @finlayandco Percy Light Tortoise at the Invictus Games in Toronto today. Meghan’s sunglasses are monogrammed with ‘MM’ on the arm. Available from Finlay & Co. website – link in our profile.

      Lots of interest. There is now a waiting list .

      • PrincessK says:

        Apparently the company bosses are over the moon they sold £20,000 of stock in 24 hours!! Meghan’s influence and power will go off the radar, she hasn’t even started. Already she has been dubbed ‘a master of casual chic’.

    • Lorelai says:

      @Gippy: I think her sunglasses were ID’d as a brand named Finlay. (I’m not familiar with it.)

      Predictably, there is already a “What Meghan Wore” website out there 🙂

  7. Talie says:

    Right now, she’s the biggest star NBC has, and she probably makes less than their Real Housewives! So, it’s not a bad deal on their end.

  8. Donna says:

    I’m no fan of Possible Princess I Love My Freckles. But, in this day and age, she most certainly needs some form of security detail, given her relationship with Harry. It seems she led a relatively normal life, despite her celebrity in Canada, until they started dating. Despite the fact they appear to be very much in love, it has to be quite an adjustment for her to need such protection.

    • Erinn says:

      She 100% deserves protection. But I don’t think I should really have to see my tax money go towards that. If she had a position with the Canadian government, or something like that I would absolutely support the money being used for this. She is not royalty (yet), she is not doing an official royal tour of Canada, she is not doing anything here that is related to the Canadian people. I think it SHOULD be on the studio that is causing her to spend her time here. If she’s integral to the filming of the show – and her being here creates a risk for safety for her, anyone on her cast, or any civilians – it’s because of the show that she’s here and they should front that. She isn’t Canadian. She doesn’t NEED to be in Canada outside of her job causing her to be here, so good for NBC for providing security.

    • seesittellsit says:

      @Donna – as all here know, I’m not her biggest fan, either, but you are 100% right – that has nothing to do with recognizing that we are living in a sick world, and violence seems to be the channel too many people reach for to solve their problems. Famous people are being stalked all the time (as are, I must add, non-famous people). Famous people become lightning rods for fantasies, grudges, venting, projection . . . no, this is the right thing to do.

  9. Merritt says:

    This was the right move by NBC Universal. The set is a closed set and they have really limited access. My guess is that there probably are some stalkers and the network didn’t want to take chances.

    A bunch of people who hate Meghan were having a fit about this because they don’t think she is famous enough to need to a security detail. Um yeah, some of the worst famous stalking cases involved actresses or personalities who were not household names. Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered by her stalker. Soap actress Andrea Evans experienced stalking so bad that she left the industry for about a decade. And of course there are countless non-famous people who have been stalked.

    • Lorelai says:

      @Merritt: I’ve never forgotten about poor Rebecca Schaefer; that is such a haunting story. And you’re right — it is exactly why the “she’s not famous enough!” argument holds no water whatsoever. There is no rhyme or reason as to who an insane stalker will fixate on, and right now Meghan’s profile is sky-high.

  10. Char says:

    I’d imagine NBC has had some nut jobs mailing in threats & they decided to take it seriously because having the Prince’s future wife getting attacked (or worse) while on the job would be a nightmare for them, especially if it came out that they knew about threats.

  11. Christine says:

    Two days ago she was pictured at the invictis ceremony w harry protector officers and media pointed that out.
    Now in response we have this piece saying it’s NBC who pays for her security.
    I feel like Harry PR should be more proactive w this things rather than this damage control piece: it’s not British money supporting her security…it’s NBC.
    I’m not saying that she doesn’t need protection, just feel like there is harry or his pr team who get palpably defensive. They should anticipate this will be an issue discussed….who pays for her security?!

    • notasugarhere says:

      The RPO wasn’t with her the entire time of the opening ceremony and didn’t escort her in. It was only after someone in the crowd posted her picture on twitter that the RPO joined her. They might have decided that that elevated a threat and acted quickly. For the times when she and Harry are together, perfectly reasonable that his security detail is the one doing the job, especially while they’re at the Invictus Games. Too high of a threat level to worry about two security teams, unused to each other and differently trained, trying to act decisively in an emergency.

      • Christine says:

        I don’t think you fully understood what I was saying. I was only discussing that media focused a lot on the rpo present by her side at the invictus ceremony opening. I did not say that was the correct info or that happened. Or whatever.
        I only said harry and his pr team should have mentioned before media pointed out his rpo that she has protection funded by NBC. I’m talking media strategy, which seems very defensive rather than proactive. That’s all..,

      • notasugarhere says:

        I can’t see them want it known that the crazies are causing them to have security, or what level. Too much information about it in the public sphere actually increases the risk. That’s why reactive makes more sense to me, in response to the furor caused by a handful of people when the RPO stepped in for a few minutes.

      • Christine says:

        I can’t see why discussing it proactively is not better than this defensive appearing piece. Surely they must know that this will come out and will be discussed? Right? I’m not sure I agree with this because it makes them look reactionary. Which is not a good look imo. But each w their own.

      • Nic919 says:

        Not only was it posted on twitter but there were huge arrows pointing out exactly where in the stadium she was sitting. I think press forget how that can place people at risk.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I think them openly discussing her security, how much she has, etc. causes more dangers for her. Better that it is assumed but the extent of it not known. Even knowing it comes from NBC instead of the (possibly much better trained) RPOs becomes an issue. The tumblr queens may be thrilled to no end that their obsessive tracking, copying of photos, google mapping, etc. has caused her to be unsafe – from them and anyone else out to harm her or Harry (through her).

    • Odette says:

      I was skimming and read “Harry Potter protection services” for some reason…..I was all, “COOL!”

  12. Sassback says:

    I refuse to read any more of these until they’re really engaged, I need some real JUICE.

  13. Starryfish says:

    British papers have repeatedly posted photos of the front of her house, and now they’re posting photos of where security cameras are located on the premises, extra security would be understandable even without all that info being readily available. It makes sense that her employer would foot the bill, given that her job is the primary reason that she’s even in the area. I wouldn’t be remotely surprised to find out that some loonies have made various types of threats against her.

    • Lorelai says:

      Do we think she even still lives in that house anymore? It seems like way too easy a target. Since her days in Toronto are numbered, it seems like it would be a lot easier for her to stay at a hotel with built-in security.

    • PrincessK says:

      Yes, very very bad that these pics of her house got published.

  14. notasugarhere says:

    “Prior to becoming engaged to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge was looked after by a security team paid for by her now husband using his private fortune.” Well that’s where the Daily Fail is wrong. She was frequently guarded by Met Police (often uniformed), which came out in a discrimination trial for one of the officers.

    “Harry has claimed there have been social media attacks on Markle for her biracial heritage ” Again with some media pretending it didn’t and isn’t continuing to happen. No “claim” involved, all DF/DM has to do is read through any Harry/Meghan comment thread on its own site to see the fact of it.

    • Lavin says:

      The Daily Mail will say anything to build up Kate, William.
      William did not pay for her security, the DMail is so full of it.
      Someone paid but it wasn’t William.

      My worst nightmare, there is a DMail Tv evidently according to article. I just found that out.
      I hate the DMail it’s so racist. Jmo

      • PrincessK says:

        Yes, I noticed that there is now Daily Mail TV, how utterly awful. They have really sunk so low compared to 10-20 years ago, now they are just chasing money at all costs.

      • Imqrious2 says:

        It’s in here in L.A… 2:30 a.m. Lol. Unless they’re live from U.K., that says volumes about its viewership 😂

  15. The Original Mia says:

    Will is and always has been too cheap to pay for anything. He wouldn’t pay crap for Kate.

    I think it’s smart of NBC Universal to provide protection for her. Not only will it garner good will with the BRF, but it just good business.

  16. Eleonor says:

    It’s friday, sorry I would come across as mean but: I am already over this chick.

  17. Sherry says:

    Considering all of the nasty posts on the Daily Mail every time her name is mentioned, I don’t blame them for upping security. I don’t get all the hate. I think she’s beautiful, she’s handled herself very well over the last year of dating and they make a gorgeous couple. I love her style! I hope she gets a tasteful emerald cut diamond ring, a fabulous dress for the wedding and amazing fashion we can all drool over for years to come.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      I’m with you. So what if she likes attention? She’s an actress-they’re all like that. Plus-the BRF could use someone who doesn’t mind getting out there.

  18. Meg says:

    I bet this info was released to let people know of security to discourage those threatening her? With what’s happening in the USA it’s not surprising threats have been made regarding Meg being biracial. Sad but true and I bet you’re right about nbc paying for the security they’ve gotten the threats so they’d be liable if something happened otherwise Harry would pay

  19. Wren says:

    I don’t get why Harry can’t pay for her security from his private money. He has seemed very protective of her.

  20. Lorelai says:

    @Kaiser: “Invictus-Official” is my new favorite term 🙂

  21. FLORC says:

    I’ve been quiet on the sparkle boards… not getting hopes up, but let’s get this going already!
    She seems so smart, charismatic and I love her style!!! Thia is going to be amazing.

    And to my snarky side…. Kate inspired Wiglet Watch. What will Meghan inspire?

  22. Her Higness says:

    the suspense is literallllllly killing me!!
    I cant wait for her to become A PRINCESS

    • frisbee says:

      Oh for goodness sake, she won’t be a Princess (!!!!) she’ll be a HRH Duchess of Somewhere (I’m betting on Sussex). Only women born into the Royal Family are styled Princess (Anne for example). I just wish this bloody Princess nonsense would stop already.

      • seesittellsit says:

        @frisbee – this is getting incredibly confusing. It is my understanding that HRH IS the rank of princess. Kate’s passport says, “Princess of the United Kingdom” and she only married in, too.

        I think there needs to be some distinction made between the “rank” of princess and the TITLE of princess by birth. If MM marries PH, and the Queen confers a royal dukedom on him, MM, like Kate, will become HRH the Duchess of [whatever], which carries the rank of princess. Yes, she won’t be Princess Meghan; but she will be a royal duchess which carries the rank of princess. Princesses Anne and Eugenia and Beatrice were BORN princesses, so they get to be Princess Anne, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice. And they can keep those titles when they marry, even if they marry the dustman.

        Can some British person straighten this out?!

      • FLORC says:

        Princess Henry. Kate has her own title of duchess that ranks higher than Princess William. Which… should be self explanatory why.

        It’s really just a bowl of titles to use as they apply for my understanding. Like Camilla will be Queen Consort, but she may not choose to use it.

      • Isobel says:

        There are princesses of the blood who are born royal ; daughters of monarchs, royal dukes etc. Then there are princesses by right of marriage who are styled as Princess Husband’s name of husband’s titled domain. The Duchesses of Kent are are great mix of princesses by blood and Marriage

        Princess Marina of Kent , wife of George, Duke of Kent was a Princess of Greece and Denmark in her own right before marriage so was entitled to be Princess Marina. Her daughter, Princess Alexandra, Lady Ogilvie, is also a princess by blood as the daughter of a royal Duke. Prince Michael’s wife is styled Princess Michael of Kent not Princess Marie Christine as she was born a baroness.

        If Harry becomes Duke of Sussex on the the morning of his marriage, Meghan would become HRH The Princess Henry, Duchess of Sussex when the marriage is solemnised. She would probably be styled as HRH The Duchess of Sussex

      • notasugarhere says:

        Sophie is HRH The Princess Edward, Fergie was HRH The Princess Andrew, Diana was technically HRH The Princess Charles as is Camilla, etc. This is why Marie-Christine is HRH The Princess Michael of Kent, because she is called by the female version of her husband’s highest title.

        One of Harry’s wife’s titles would be HRH The Princess Henry, but she would never technically be Princess HerFirstName (unless she was already a royal princess from another country for example). As he would likely be given a ducal title upon marriage, his wife would be called by the higher title which would be Duchess.

        Why is Duke higher than Prince? My understanding is that prince is not an aristocratic title, but Duke/Marquis/Earl are.

      • frisbee says:

        Thankyou Isobel, nota, it’s 1.02 in my part of the world so it was nice to come back to try and clarify my rather huffy post to discover you had already done it. Cheers for that 👍🏻 Now I’m off for 😴.

      • frisbee says:

        Checked again and a Princess of Royal blood is always ranked higher than a Duchess. The Queen has apparently told Kate she must curtsey to Princess Anne – the Princess Royal and so titled for precisely that reason. I can’t believe that in the early 21st century I just typed that, demonstrates how ludicrous it all is really. Apologies for my ultra grumpy first post, I must be tired or something ( it’s now 3.30 am here and I can’t sleep. Arghhh 😤

  23. mima says:

    this dude doesn’t deserve her. :/

  24. Erica_V says:

    Yeah they are so def already engaged.

  25. Jenna says:

    Harry and Obama. Harry and a baby share popcorn. Harry loving up his girlfriend publically. That’s it. I’m officially a fan. Bring on the Harry posts. Especially the Harry and Obama please. (Side note: he looks much happier to hang with Obama than he did with Melania).

  26. StillTotalled says:

    Honking for Harry, the Obamas, and the Bidens at Invictus basketball game!

  27. No borders says:

    Wanna bet NBC gets some exclusives of Harry and Meghan? The engagement interview perhaps?

  28. fran says:

    meghan markle and family seem to live in fantasy dramaland. Mother, father, half siblings-ex bankrupts, unsuccessful marriages. Too much controversy to be RF success.

  29. fran says:

    Drama always in background. Ex bankrupts, failed multi-marriages. bf Markus from ex-waiter upwardly mobile (not innocents and birds of a feather?)