Police won’t reveal Meghan’s security cost for lavish New York baby shower

Police have refused to reveal what "security was afforded" to Meghan Markle during her trip to New York for a star-studded baby shower.

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, flew to New York and back in a £33million private jet in February and partied in a £66,000-a-night penthouse suite.

Celebrity friends, including Amal Clooney and Serena Williams, celebrated the former actress' pregnancy during her stay.

But now Met Police has declined to state what measures were put in place to protect our royal such as how many bodyguards went with her, or how much it cost taxpayers.

Responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, Scotland Yard insisted "national security" concerns precluded it from revealing the cost.

Their response to Mail Online stated: "To confirm or deny that security is afforded to Duchess of Sussex could undermine the safeguarding of national security, allow those with a criminal intent to gain an operational advantage over the MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] and place those who are afforded protection, protection officers and members of the public at risk."

It is estimated Meghan's baby shower cost more than £300,000. This reportedly included £30,000 on catering and entertainment in the US.

Kensington Palace stressed these costs were funded privately, mainly by the royal's mates.

But the police's response to the FOI has angered campaigners in the UK.

Anti-monarchy group Republic said: "Royal spending is out of control and a major part of the annual £345m cost is security for more than a dozen royals.

"For years police and government have refused to give details, but the public has a right to know. If Meghan is spending public money on private trips, the taxpayer should be told.

"We’re always being told by the palace that the monarchy is value for money, but how can voters know that when we’re kept in the dark about how much it really costs?"

Last year, accounts showed the Sovereign Grant, which pays for the Royal Family rose from £41.9m to £47.4m. 

But campaigners say the cost born by police forces for security and local councils during events mean they cost taxpayers much more.

The Palace points out that the royals carry out hundreds of engagements every year and represent Britain abroad.

Meghan is due to give birth to her first child in the coming weeks.

She's set to shun the Lindo Wing though , in favour of a hospital closer to Windsor, Berkshire.

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