Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hired an exclusive A-list security firm to protect them for £7,000 per day, according to sources.
The couple, who are now living at Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry’s mansion in Los Angeles with their son Archie, are using the firm also used by a slew of A-listers, including Jeff Bezos and Tom Hanks.
The team watching the royals in LA is believed to have been handpicked by Gavin de Becker, 65 – a former security chief for President Ronald Reagan.
His firm GDBA claims to protect thousands of clients and has boasted of working with the CIA and FBI.
It is unclear who is paying for the security bill, though friends of the Sussexes claimed this week that the couple would be paying for protecting out of their own pocket.
The team watching Harry and Meghan in LA is believed to have been handpicked by Gavin de Becker, 65 – a former security chief for President Ronald Reagan
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been living in this ultra-luxury Beverly Hills hideout that belongs to Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry, DailyMailTV exclusively revealed
The friends also claimed that the couple are being protected by a private security team already in place at Tyler Perry’s mansion in Los Angeles.
De Becker’s GDBA firm are now believed to be behind that team.
A source told the Star: ‘Harry and Meghan have full confidence in de Becker’s firm and they come highly recommended.
‘They are the biggest security firm in LA and by far the most respected.
‘They aren’t cheap, but if you want the best you have to pay for it.’
De Becker’s clients are said to include Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, Madonna, Cher and Barbra Streisand.
Actor Michael J. Fox describes GDBA as a ‘secret service for famous people’.
De Becker is thought to be close friends with Oprah Winfrey, the chat show host who is also a confidante of Meghan.
Harry and Meghan’s security has been a subject of much debate, after an insider told the Daily Mail earlier this week that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could only afford to start paying off their £2.4million bill for Frogmore Cottage once Prince Charles had agreed to foot their astronomical security costs in the US.
Jeff Besoz is among the clients of the security team, dubbed the ‘secret service for famous people’
The Sussexes had to ask Prince Charles to bear the cost of their security if they were to have any chance of clearing their Frogmore debt, a source told the Daily Mail. Friends have insisted they are now paying for their own security
The couple have been spotted only a handful of times since their move to Los Angeles, first volunteering for a local charity dropping off food to locals who are more at-risk of catching coronavirus (pictured), as well as taking their beloved dogs out for a walk
However, a friend of the couple later claimed that the Sussexes will pay for any security measures out of their own pocket in the future.
According to the anonymous source, the couple are not ‘asking for any special treatment’ with regard to their security situation, and ‘have not received any’.
DailyMailTV revealed earlier this month that the couple have been holed up in a Beverly Hills mansion owned by Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry with their son Archie since mid-March, after moving over from Canada.
The source also said the Sussexes have experienced ‘unimaginable’ levels of intrusion from the press while living in the Beverly Hills mansion during the coronavirus pandemic, including paparazzi-operated drones illegally flying within 20 feet of their house to snap photographs.
At least five such incidents have been reported to the LAPD.
It is not known whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are renting Tyler’s property or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold.
The couple have been spotted only a handful of times since their move to Los Angeles, first volunteering for a local charity dropping off food to locals who are more at-risk of catching coronavirus, as well as taking their beloved dogs out for a walk
The Duke and Duchess were unexpectedly stripped of their Metropolitan Police security team after their move to North America following their announcement they were stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family earlier this year.