PRINCE Harry is hiring a crack team of former SAS soldiers to keep his family safe.
The unit will provide protection for him, wife Meghan and baby Archie after their move to LA.
The couple chose from a shortlist of two firms whose staff have guarded superstars including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Madonna, as well as senior politicians and diplomats.
The Sun has agreed not to name those guarding the couple due to safety concerns.
A source said: “It doesn’t come cheap — in the region of £400 per operative per day, which will quickly add up with a team on hand around the clock.
“The overall bill will be many tens of thousands of pounds, but Harry and Meghan are huge celebrities, at least on par with the biggest A-listers in the world.
“One of the guys they met had been in charge of security for Brad and Angelina while they were married and kept their family totally safe for several years.
“The other company had represented Madonna and the Ecclestone family.
“How many guards they have with them will depend whether they are at home, travelling or out in public.”
Kensington Palace confirmed that the couple would fund their own security, while Clarence House said Harry’s dad Prince Charles would be making his own “private financial contributions to the Duke and Duchess”.
Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, cease being senior royals at midnight on Tuesday.
They will remain Duke and Duchess of Sussex, under the terms of their “Megxit” deal thrashed out with the Queen.
But they must ditch their SussexRoyal Instagram page with its 11.3million followers and shut down their website of the same name.
The couple have delayed the launch of a replacement brand and charity due to the coronavirus crisis, their aides have revealed.
They have poached Catherine St Laurent from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to become their chief of staff.
She will also be executive director of Travalyst, an eco-friendly travel venture led by Harry to be set up as a non-profit organisation in the UK.
A source said: “The Duke and Duchess will spend the next few months in focusing on their family.”
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