Harry & Meghan's Security Costs Should Not Be Paid by Canadian Taxpayers, Claims Daily Mail Writer

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

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. 

Harry and Meghan announced earlier this year that they were stepping down from royal duties and would work to be financially independent. In a speech about their decision, Harry explained:

"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

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. 

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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images - Chris Jackson

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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.

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