The Home Office is being asked for more cash by Anthony Stansfeld, police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley, given the high-profile residents in the area
COPS protecting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s countryside lovenest are asking for extra cash as they keep an eye on fans gripped by royal mania.
The £1.4million retreat has recently been upgraded to receive official anti-terror protection just like Buckingham Palace, No10 and spy center GCHQ.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already won over the Oxfordshire villagers – but there is a huge demand on cops keeping them safe
As well as security concerns surrounding the royals, Harry is also said to have “blew Taliban extremists to pieces” as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan – meaning there could be fears of a reprisal attack.
Now cops in black combat gear toting military-grade firearms are stopping anyone wandering near their hidden Cotswolds woodland retreat.
But Thames Valley Police Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld says that such operations have cost the force between £2million and £4million, the Daily Express reports. He said: “There is a way of paying for that and we will be recompensed.
“We have a large number of VVIPs living in the Thames Valley area, from ex-prime ministers to others. We get a special allowance for doing that.”
David and Victoria Beckham mansion is only a few miles away from the Royals’ pad
The force has asked the Home Office if a special grant would be given to pay for the new royal presence in the area – on top of cash it receives for guarding other VIPs in the area.
The 18th-century farmhouse and surrounding area have been classed as a “protected site” under the 2005 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. It means trespassers could face six months’ jail.
State-of-the-art security cameras and motion sensors line the driveway to the pad, on a millionaire landowner’s private estate.
But it means Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, can enjoy time as newlyweds away from prying eyes.
Their recently renovated three-bedroom country home also boasts walk-in his-and-hers wardrobes, a two-tiered kitchen, and stables.
Newlyweds Meghan and Harry have been spotted on romantic dates at their local village inn
After secretly moving, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already won over the Oxfordshire villagers.
A source said: “All the neighbors were excited when we heard rumors they were coming.
“Although we see more police around now, they are a wonderful addition to the community.
“Meghan, especially, seems intent on embracing village life. They’ve been on romantic dates to the local pub and hidden themselves away at a quiet corner table.
“That said, their security team is usually on a table nearby, which probably kills the romance a bit.”
The lovenest is a short hike from celeb private members’ club, hotel, and spa Soho Farmhouse.
And their pals David and Victoria Beckham’s new mansion is just a couple of miles away.
A friend added: “Meghan already feels so at home in the UK. She loves it and the people.
“She’s actually quite a homebody, despite her showbiz background.
“She enjoys nipping to a local shop or market stall and returning with fresh supplies and a surprise or chocolate treat for Harry.”
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