Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "acting like none of the rules apply to them" when it comes to their "unworkable" security plans, a former police protection officer has claimed.
The Sussex family's security bill could soar to £20million as year as they set up their new lives in Canada, sparking anger over who will be stuck paying.
Experts have warned their plans will be a security nightmare that sends costs spiralling as they travel the globe earning millions.
Our already struggling police force fears guarding the pair will leave them unable to cope.
Former Met protection officer Dai Davies told the Mirror that Meghan and Harry are acting like "none of the rules apply to them".
Senior officers are understood to be drafting emergency plans to double the protection team guarding the couple and their son Archie, nine months, who have all been in separate places recently.
Mr Davies said: “In their current state the plans are unworkable.
“Harry and Meghan’s situation has called for a complete ripping up of the rulebook and they are acting like none of the rules apply to them.
“There is already a severe lack of trained officers and this is only adding to the Met’s woes.”
A row has broken out as to who should foot the bill, which is expected to rise to £20m a year.
It comes as police have been left stretched due to a decade of Tory cuts, and experts fear the move will put resources under even more strain.
An internal Scotland Yard report seen by the Mirror has revealed a staffing crisis within the squad that protects the royals, which is now facing an increasing and unprecedented demand from the royal couple.
Since quitting the Royal Family and relocating to Canada, Harry and Meghan have taken solo trips between Vancouver, the US and UK – at times leaving all three of them in different locations.
Sources have told how calculations of between £3million and £6million a year to provide security were “woefully inadequate”.
One added: “The average salary of a protection officer is in excess of £106,000 and, on current standing, Harry and Meghan need at least 12 if not more split over several teams.
Travel, accommodation bills and overtime payments are set to explode, with residences in multiple countries.
“Training for extra officers plus potential relocation payments to some who may be permanently based abroad has led to a complete reworking of the situation.
“The Met have been told to deliver the calculations before the Government makes its decision, but both parties are perturbed, with the situation exploding past £10million annually to easily reach £20million.”
The couple referenced their security in their latest statement, in which they spoke about the post-royal lives.
They sparked fury by insisting the taxpayer should cough up “based on the Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born a royal, his military service, the Duchess’s independent profile”.
Security sources have revealed “no agreement or concrete plan” is in place as the Met and Home Office wrangle over how it will be funded.
Costs for guarding Harry, Meghan and Archie include an estimated £5million for their Frogmore Cottage home in the grounds of the Windsor Estate, which they will use while here.
The couple are courting the attention of global investment banking giants and big corporations are understood to be queuing up to work with them once they leave The Firm for good on March 31.
Insiders have spoken of a “gold rush” to be associated with the couple, who are set to make hundreds of millions in the corporate world.
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