The Mail of Sunday states taxpayers fund the security detail and other officers based elsewhere on the island. The Airbnb house, near the Sussex residence is understood to have been vacated when Harry flew to the UK five days ago for royal engagements. 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 security has been provided by Scotland Yard and Canadian Mounties.
Though last week Ottawa announced it would quit guarding them on March 31 when they officially leave the royal family.
The security team guarding Harry and Meghan reportedly stayed in a £1,100 p/w Airbnb (Image: GETTY)
Airbnb is an online private property rental service (Image: GETTY)
Canada, which is a Commonwealth realm, has a legal obligation to provide security to internationally protected persons, but the change in status for the Harry and Meghan means this will no longer apply.
This means that responsibility for funding security will fall to either the Sussex’s themselves or to the British taxpayer.
The UK pays £600,000 to fund protection currently.
This covers salary, overtimes, allowance, pension, flights and accommodation.
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A Vancouver Island village in 1960 (Image: GETTY)