Prince Harry and Meghan Markle granted ‘VVIP status’ ahead of their trip to the Netherlands this weekend

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle granted ‘VVIP status’ ahead of their trip to the Netherlands this weekend

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle granted ‘VVIP status’ ahead of their trip to the Netherlands this weekend
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Dutch cops have granted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “VVIP status” ahead of their visits to the Netherlands this weekend.

According to rumours, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the Invictus Games and will be protected by a “high-level multi-agency protection package.”

Their request for their private security crew to be armed while they go to Holland was previously turned down by Dutch officials.

However, their bodyguards are reported to have coordinated with officials in order for the Sussexes to work together during their first trip to Europe after Megxit.

Officials are claimed to have offered the couple “high level guarantees that their safety is a top concern.”

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It comes amid Harry’s continuing legal dispute with the British government over the removal of his taxpayer-funded Met Police armed guards after he stepped down from royal duties.

The pair has been informed that there is “no real danger” to their safety and that they would be well-protected by Dutch security.

According to the Mirror, the pair is protected by a “high level multi-agency protection programme” for the length of their trip.

It provides immediate access to all law enforcement and emergency agencies, as well as “detailed extraction methods” in the case of a “personal or larger-scale terror assault.”

The operation is apparently being led by the Dutch national police’s DKDB Royal and Diplomatic Security Service.

Harry and Meghan, both 40, are also claimed to have attended a “hostile environment” training session led by their security staff.

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According to a source who spoke to the Mirror: “Harry and Meghan have been given unequivocal reassurance that they are not in danger.

“This is the position of Dutch government and various organisations across the continent.

“In any case, because they are attending a high-profile event in the Netherlands, both the Duke and Duchess have been classified as VVIPs for the length of their stay, and overall responsibility for their safety while in the Netherlands will rest with the Dutch authorities.”

The Duchess is only expected to stay for a “few days,” whereas Harry will remain for the remainder of the international athletic event.

On Saturday, they will both be in The Hague for the opening ceremony of Harry’s games for injured troops.

SNUBBING THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY

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And the Sussexes will be trailed by a Netflix documentary team the entire time.

Despite being only a short distance from London, Harry has decided to skip a visit to the Queen on her 96th birthday.

The 37-year-old stated that he “does not feel comfortable” in Britain without armed protection and that the decision to remove them is “illegal and unjust.”

His wife Meghan and he will go to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games, which begin on April 16.

However, by the time the competition concludes on April 22, they would have missed Her Majesty’s birthday on April 21.

The couple’s plan has ruffled eyebrows even more after they did not attend Prince Philip’s memorial.

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The ongoing security debate was blamed for Harry’s absence, but he was called a hypocrite for arranging a vacation to the adjacent Netherlands.

Harry and Meghan are reported to have armed security in the United States, but they are not permitted to deploy it when they visit Britain.

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