Canada has offered to pay for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s round-the-clock security while they spend a “period of transition” in the country, it has been reported.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed that they will divide their time between Canada and the UK and the question the taxpayers have been asking is, who will foot the bill for the Sussexes’s security.
Though the royals have said they will be working toward financial independence, their round-the-clock security was still a cause for concern.
But Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has assured the Queen that the safety of the Royal couple and their son Archie will be taken care of, in a move that could cost Canadian taxpayers millions of pounds.
Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth released a rare statement, saying she would have preferred Harry and Meghan “to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family” but that she is “entirely supportive” of their desire to create a new life as a young family.
Her Majesty confirmed that “there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.”
The Evening Standard reported that Mr Trudeau privately assured the Queen that their security would be dealt with, even if the couple continue to have British royal protection officers from the Metropolitan police.
This decision has been met with mixed reactions. Some people were opposed to it.
Aaron Wudrick, director of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation opposed to it, saying: “I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect us to pay for everything the way we do for a royal visit.
“If they’re going to make Canada a second home, a good step in the right direction would be to pay for at least part of it, and not rely on taxpayers to fund their entire lifestyle.”