Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been forced to call the police after drones were seen flying over their Los Angeles home with one source suggesting they're worried that they're the subject of a 'terror threat'.
According to a friend who spoke with the Daily Beast, just this month, Harry and Meghan have noticed at least five drones flying as low as 6 metres, including during times when they've been in the pool with their son Archie, one.
The source revealed, "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."
"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 [6 metres] above your head when you are trying to play with your son?
"It’s like people forget they are real people. But this is a real family. They are not asking for any special treatment; they are just asking for the safety and security we all expect in our own homes to be respected."
LAPD confirmed with the publication that there was "an ongoing drone issue".
The source revealed that Harry and Meghan were driving in LA last month when they noticed the paparazzi were tailing them and driving "erratically".
“They were then tailed, followed and chased by two cars, which were being driven very erratically. When they parked up, one of the cars following them, which had been in an outer lane, cut across two lanes of traffic to park themselves.
“The photographer’s car was five meters away from causing a T-bone crash. It was incredibly dangerous, shocking and scary. They were rattled, but they handled it the best way they could," the insider revealed.
They added that the couple is trying not to let the "aggressiveness" get to them and protecting their family is their main concern.
It would be natural for Harry to be especially nervous given his mother Princess Diana died in a car accident while being chased by paparazzi in 1997.
Speaking with ITV's Tom Bradby in the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired last year, Harry revealed he is still very much wounded by the death of his mother and that every click of a camera by the paparazzi is a reminder of her passing.
The reporter asked Harry, "Do you feel at peace in a way yet, or is it still a wound that festers?"
To which Harry responded, "I think probably a wound that festers. I think being part of this family and this role and this job.
"Every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back.
"So in that respect it’s the worst reminder of her life, as oppose to the best. Being here now 22 years later, trying to finish what she started, it will be incredibly emotional.
"But everything I do reminds me of her, but as I said with the royal job and the pressures that come with that, I get reminded of the bad stuff unfortunately," he added.
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