Harry & Meghan's Security Bill Debacle Causes Thousands to Sign Petition Objecting to UK Taxpayers Footing the Costs

A petition has been launched objecting for the British parliament to use tax payer's money towards helping cover Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's million-dollar security bill.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will face a lot of changes as they transition to a life of independence after ending their official posts as senior members of the royal family on March 31.

Since making their announcement for a life of independence balanced between England and North America, many questions emerged over which country would cover their almost $25 million a year security bill.

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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball #LondonSeries, in support of @WeAreInvictusGames. Tonight’s highly anticipated game between the #Yankees and #RedSox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park. The @WeAreInvictusGames, of which His Royal Highness is Founding Patron, has been selected as charity partner for the @MLB 2019 series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ - it embodies the fighting spirit of the competitors. As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s #Softball60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport. On this #ArmedForcesDay, tonight’s event was also a chance for Their Royal Highnesses to shine a light on the men and women here in the UK and around the world who have sacrificed so much for their country. Discover more about the Invictus Games Foundation through the link in our bio. Photo credit: PA

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Since Meghan and Harry arrived in Canada with their son, Archie, in November 2019, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been handling their security.

According to BBC, the security has been provided because the royal couple's position means they are "recognized as Internationally Protected Persons," and the Canadian government is obligated to ensure their safety.

However, the Canadian government recently announced that they would no longer be obligated to provide their services on the same conditions following Meghan and Harry's status change as non-royals after March 31.

For classified reasons, the Palace and the couple have both refused to go into detail about their security arrangement. 

It is expected that the bill will come from British tax payer's dollars, which been previously covered their security through the Sovereign Grant. In Response a petition has been started, it argued:

"The UK tax payers are expected to pay for Harry, Meghan and their son's security costs, even though they no longer live in the UK and they are now private citizens. This is undemocratic."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to a crowd waiting outside Canada House before going in to meet the High Commission staff January 07, 2020, in London, England | Source: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to a crowd waiting outside Canada House before going in to meet the High Commission staff January 07, 2020, in London, England | Source: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Many people are in support of the petition, with some commenters calling it a "waste of money." Explaining why the couple should handle the bill privately, the petition  stated:

"Harry and Meghan’'s new life as an ­independent couple will travel the globe earning millions as private citizens. Harry and Meghan are already multi millionaires in their own right."

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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined The Queen and members of The Royal Family at the annual Trooping the Colour, to celebrate Her Majesty’s official birthday. Trooping the Colour orginated from traditional preparations for battle and has commemorated the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years. In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces regularly assembled to “troop" colours or flags down the rank, so they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers. In 1748, it was announced this parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday. Trooping the Colour is performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies for The Queen’s birthday parade, allowing them to pay a personal tribute to Her Majesty. Today over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians came together on Horse Guards Parade in London in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare. The parade concludes with a 41-gun salute fired by The King’s Troop, following which The Queen leads members of The Royal Family back to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force flypast display. Photos credit: PA

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The goal for the petition is to reach 25 000 signatures, in the past 24 hours almost over 23 000 people have signed in objection to taxpayer's dollars footing Meghan and Harry's security bill. 

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