It reportedly came as a shock to the Duke of Sussex, Harry, to learn that Canada, his newly adopted country, will stop footing the bills for his family's protection services.
The royal couple, Meghan and Harry, arrived in Canada in December, receiving a warm welcome from Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau.
The country is like a second home to Meghan, who became famous on the Canadian TV show, "Suits." According to DailyMail, polls had been sent out to the Canadian public.
During their tour of Africa, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry prepare for their speeches at a reception held at the High Commissioner’s Residence in South Africa, on October 02, 2019, in Johannesburg, South Africa | Source: Getty Images
In January, a public opinion poll by Angus Reid Institute showed that 73% of Canadian citizens were not interested in paying for the security of the royals.
The Canadian Federal Government confirmed that the country would stop providing protection services for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
"We are taking a leap of faith-thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step."
As part of their withdrawal from the engagements of the British royal family, the Buckingham palace asked that the couple give up the title "royal" while embarking on their new life.
Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Photo: Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess had planned to use the name "SussexRoyal" as a brand name for their charitable works and social media accounts.
In a lengthy description of their new status, they mentioned their wish to continue to support the Queen, although in a limited capacity.
The couple is expected to officially step down from royal duties on March 31.
During a recent return to the Uk, Harry appeared at the Travalyst working summit and asked to be introduced by his name only before giving his speech.
The event host, Ayesha Hazarika, invited the Duke to the stage and told the audience of his wish to be addressed as Harry. She said:
"He wants to say a few words to kick start the day, and he's made it clear that we are all to just call him Harry."
Harry's introduction was met by a round of applause, as he warmly exchanged greetings with the host before he began his speech on stage.
This appearance is the first the Duke has made at high profile events since his relocation with his wife and son.
The couple is expected to officially step down from royal duties on March 31 and are expected to shuffle between North America and California, where Meghan grew up.