Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan 'require effective security'

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Prince Harry and Meghan have stated in a new post on their website that they will "require effective security" after stepping down as senior royals.

It is, however, unclear who will pay for it.

In a statement on their Sussex Royal website, Harry and Meghan said: "It is agreed that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to require effective security to protect them and their son. This is based on The Duke's public profile by virtue of being born into the Royal Family, his military service, the Duchess' own independent profile, and the shared threat and risk level documented specifically over the last few years. No further details can be shared as this is classified information for safety reasons."

The pair also claim that there is no "jurisdiction" to prevent them using the word royal in their branding, but say that nonetheless, they will not use it after Spring 2020.

They wrote: "As The Duke and Duchess will no longer be considered full-time working Members of The Royal Family, it was agreed that use of the word 'Royal' would need to be reviewed as it pertains to organisations associated with them in this new regard.

"While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word 'Royal' overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use 'Sussex Royal' or any iteration of the word 'Royal' in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020.

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex eagerly await the opportunity to share more with you and greatly appreciate your support!"

Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step down from the royal family in an Instagram post last month.

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