The LA-based royal couple has been forced to call in local authorities after a series of disturbing incidents at their new home.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have complained to police about drones flying over their new Los Angeles home – fearing it could be a “terror threat”, according to a report.
This month alone, the former royals have reported at least five drones flying as low as 20 feet (6 metres) – including when they’ve been at the pool with young son Archie, a friend told the Daily Beast.
“They see these drones coming in at them, and they guess that they are being operated by photographers, but they can’t just assume that,” the source told the site.
“Meghan received racist death threats at the time of her wedding, so the terror threat is very real for them.
“But, aside from that, imagine if you were in their shoes facing that, how that would feel? To have drones buzzing around 20 feet above your head when you are trying to play with your son?”
It includes “following and tailing them every day” they go out, leaving them “rattled” at cars “being driven very erratically” as they follow them. One incident almost caused a crash, which was “incredibly dangerous, shocking and scary,” the source said.
It is particularly alarming for Harry, who has said every time he sees a camera, it brings back the pain of losing his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident while being chased by paparazzi in 1997.
The couple – who famously quit the royal family this year – plan to hire a personal security squad, the source said, denying that Harry’s dad, Prince Charles, has been fronting the costs. “They are not asking for any special treatment,” the friend said. “Protecting their family is their top concern.”
An LAPD spokesman confirmed to the Daily Beast that there had been reports of “an ongoing drone issue” in the area.
This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission