Canada Will Cease Paying for Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Security Costs in the Coming Weeks as Their Royal Status Changes

According to a recent statement, the government of Canada has announced that upon the final step down of Prince Harry and Meghan from the royal family, security services will be withdrawn from the couple.

Since their relocation to Canada, the Canadian government has been charged with paying for the security of Harry and Meghan. However, things are about to change as the government announced recently saying:

"The assistance will cease in the coming weeks, in keeping with their change in status." 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the NATO summit at the Grove hotel on December 4, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the NATO summit at the Grove hotel on December 4, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

The security concern of the couple has been tackled and taken on by the Canadian government due to some reasons. One such reason, according to the statement was that:

"The Duke and Duchess are currently recognized as Internationally Protected Persons, Canada has an obligation to provide security assistance on an as needed basis."

However, since the couple is going to be stepping down officially come March 31st, they no longer have a right to be protected using taxpayers' money as they would now become private citizens. 

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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The statement also expressed that their relocation to Canada has presented the government with a unique and unprecedented set of circumstances.

Interestingly, when it comes to security, it seems the Prince has got things a little covered.

Although the couple has been welcomed to Canada, there has been an uproar among citizens who feel it is wrong to use taxpayers' money for their security.

Prince Harry and Meghan during their visit to Canada House on January 7, 2020, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.

Prince Harry and Meghan during their visit to Canada House on January 7, 2020, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.

According to an opinion poll carried out by a private firm, it was discovered that 73 percent of Canadians who took the poll had no interest in paying for the security or cost incurred by the couple. 

Following this announcement, Buckingham Palace has not released a statement about the next move. Similarly, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan police opined that the force did not speak openly about matters of national security.

This announcement is coming after the Queen banned the couple from using the term "Sussex Royal," seeing that they were no longer active members of the Royal family. 

Interestingly, when it comes to security, it seems the Prince has got things a little covered. Harry was reported to have chartered the entire first-class carriage on the train while journeying from London to Edinburgh for an eco-conference. 

Following this, a royal source said that Harry and his team only booked enough room on the carriage and did not book the entire carriage. 

The Prince, who recently traveled back to the U.K for a round of his last outing, asked that he be addressed as just Harry before giving a few remarks. 

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