By Ian Gallagher Chief Reporter For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:17 GMT, 29 February 2020 | Updated: 23:44 GMT, 29 February 2020
A security team guarding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has been put up in a luxury £1,100-a-week Airbnb house near the couple’s eight-bedroom Canadian mansion.
Described as idyllic, the detectives’ taxpayer-funded bolthole on Vancouver Island has sea views and access to a beach.
More officers are understood to be housed elsewhere on the island.
The Airbnb house was vacated when Harry flew to the UK five days ago for his final round of Royal duties. A neighbour said: ‘There used to be a security team there. They moved out a few days ago when Harry went. We haven’t seen them since.’
The arrangement will intensify the fierce debate about the cost of the couple’s round-the-clock protection, which since November has been provided by both Scotland Yard officers and Canadian Mounties.
In a humiliating blow last week, Canada announced it would quit guarding them on March 31 when they step down as working Royals to pursue lucrative commercial careers.