‘Ring of steel’ to protect Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during UK visit

A "ring of steel" will be in place to protect Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their return to the UK today.

Strict security measures have been rolled out by the organisers of the One Young World conference in Manchester, and the WellChild Awards in London.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the events on Monday and Thursday respectively, with organisers operating the “ring of steel” security protocol.

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A row over the couple's security arrangements sees Harry currently awaiting a judicial review of a Home Office decision to only provide Met Police protection to his family on a case-by-case basis.

The row is thought to have jeopardised any chance of them travelling to Balmoral to visit the Queen.

After Harry was reportedly pursued by a photographer following a children's charity awards in 2021 organisers will enforce strict measures in a bid to avoid a repeat.

Only accredited guests and photographers will be informed of venue details, with staff at the One Young World conference ejecting unauthorised visitors 90 minutes before the opening ceremony.

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The Queen's mobility issues are likely to prevent her from heading to England to see her grandson, while Prince Charles is also expected to spend the week in Scotland and has no plans to meet with his youngest son during their time in the UK.

The Sussexes arrived on British soil from California on Saturday amid scrutiny of their relationship with other royals, with Harry's memoirs due to be published soon and Meghan having given an extensive interview to The Cut last month.

The couple will be based at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, which is only half a mile from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new residence.

However, there are reportedly no plans for the brothers to visit each other, despite their proximity.

They will spend today in Manchester for the One Young World summit, where Meghan is due to speak.

They will then travel to Dusseldorf in Germany for the one-year countdown to the next Invictus Games.

On Thursday, the couple will attend the WellChild Awards together.

The Met declined to comment on security matters.

The Duke has declared his intention to pay for police protection, although the decision rests with a Home Office panel and will not be resolved until after the judicial review.

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