Queen's cutbacks could cost Andrew's girls their bodyguards

Friday May 15, 2009

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie may have to do without their protection officers now the Queen has approved a review of the safety arrangements for the royal family.  

Senior officers at Scotland Yard want to slash by 30 per cent the £50-million protection budget, prompted by concerns over the cost of round-the-clock security for younger royals.  

The subject has been in the spotlight during Eugenie's gap year when the £250,000 it usually costs to protect her rose by £100,000 as bodyguards followed her round the world.

If, as expected, the Princess attends university in the US that will also carry major cost implications.  

In contrast her cousins Zara and Peter Phillips, the children of Princess Anne, do not receive any such protection.  

A source at Scotland Yard said such reviews are common and assured "no one who needs security will be deprived of it".

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