Canada refuses to pay for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Vancouver security once they step down as full-time Royals (so WHO will?)
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has been protecting the couple and Archie
- Protection will cease in weeks as the pair officially step back from royal duties
- Comes after weeks of speculations that Canadian taxpayers would pay for them
- It is estimated their security costs had rocketed to £20 million after the move
Canada has refused to pay for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Vancouver security once they step back from their roles as full time royals.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) has protected the couple and their baby Archie since November but has now said this will cease in the ‘coming weeks’, leaving questions as to who will now pick up their security costs.
It had previously been estimated that security costs for the couple would rocket to £20 million.
With Canada now declaring they will not foot the bill, the couple could be forced to pay out from their own wealth, or to use funds from the Duchy of Cornwall fund.
It comes after weeks of speculation that Canadian taxpayers would have to foot the bill to keep the Sussexes safe.
The RCMP stated that it had been providing the pair with protection as requested by the Met Police, due to the fact that they were Internationally Protected Persons.
Police in Canada have today revealed that they will stop paying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s security costs after the pair officially step back from royal life (the couple are pictured above in London last month)
Meghan Markle is pictured above taking her two dogs for a walk with baby Archie with Canadian security guards
Harry and Meghan’s travels this year and where they are expected to be going in March
In a statement to CBC the RMCP said the Duke and Duchess moving to Canada on a part-time basis had presented their government with a ‘unique and unprecedented set of circumstances’.
‘The RCMP has been engaged with officials in the UK from the very beginning regarding security considerations.
‘As the Duke and Duchess are currently recognised as Internationally Protected Persons, Canada has an obligation to provide security assistance on an as-needed basis.’
It added that these protection measures had been at the request of the Met.
It is not yet clear who will pay security costs for the couple and the Met are not able to disclose details for protective security.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) today revealed that they will cease to provide security for Meghan and Harry once they officially step back from their royal duties.
Canadian officials said that this had been a deal that was brokered with the Met Police in London.
In their roles as senior royals, the couple had their security paid for by the state and once they step back from these officials roles in the coming weeks it has not yet been clear as to who will foot the bill.
According to the Royals’ 2018-2019 financial reports, physical security is not covered by the Sovereign Grant.
The costs are likely to fall on British taxpayers even when the prince and the former actress move to Canada on a permanent basis.
This could be due to the fact that Harry has been a high-value target since serving in the military.
But Prince Harry is still set to receive money from his father from the Duchy Estate and could use these funds to pay to keep his family safe.
Harry is worth an estimated £30million, made up partly from funds left in a trust to him by his mother, Princess Diana, inheritance from the Queen Mother (which reportedly included her jewels) and partly from his earnings as a captain of the Army.
If Meghan were to go back to acting she could be in for a princely sum of money, as she made £3million from appearing on American TV show Suits.
‘The assistance will cease in the coming weeks, in keeping with their change in status.’
In January Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Canadian government had ‘not really’ been involved in any negotiations around the couple’e arrangement in Canada.
But he did highlight that any such details would be confidential.
Tensions have been rising in recent weeks as questions continued to arise as to who would pay for their security costs.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation had previously given a petition with 80,000 signatures to the Prime Minister’s Office insisting that Canadian taxpayer money should not be given to Harry and Meghan.
They are due to officially leave the British Monarchy on March 31.
Security sources previously said that there is ‘no agreement or concrete plan’ in place when it comes to who will actually fund their security team.
On Tuesday royal experts criticised Harry and Meghan’s ‘unsustainable’ security plans and warned costs could ‘spiral out of control’ as the predicted bill rocketed to £20 million a year.
Experts claimed the couple’s jet-set lifestyle and move to Canada could leave the police unable to cope as they undertake trips to various countries in order to establish their own brand away from the British Monarchy.
Royal author Phil Dampier told MailOnline: ‘The cost of security was always going to be a major problem for Harry and Meghan and it doesn’t surprise me that the bill seems to be going up and up.
‘The travelling they do around North America is going to put an immense strain on resources as both they and their son Archie need to be protected 24/7 and Scotland Yard detectives will tend to work shifts of two weeks on two weeks off.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured above earlier this month. It is said that costs to keep the couple safe are continuing to soar
The couple insisted in their statement last week that they need security ‘to protect them and their son’ amid controversy surrounding protection costs
‘If you add the costs of them having to travel to and from the UK for leave it could spiral out of control and become absolutely ridiculous. So in the long term I don’t think it is sustainable.’
Harry Meghan and their son Archie have been in different locations over the last few months and officers are believed to be drafting new plans to double their protection team.
They have previously been criticised for their carbon-heavy jet-set lifestyle despite frequently flaunting their eco credentials.
In a statement last week Prince Harry and Meghan said they ‘will continue to require effective security to protect them and their son.’
They sparked fury by insisting the taxpayer should cough up ‘based on the Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born a royal, his military service, the Duchess’s independent profile.’
The couple also infuriated people earlier this week after the Queen banned them from using their Sussex Royal branding.
Harry and Meghan’s statement on their website in full
AS AGREED AND SET OUT IN JANUARY 2020:
- It is agreed that the commencement of the revised role of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take effect Spring 2020 and undergo a 12 month review.
- The Royal Family respect and understand the wish of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to live a more independent life as a family, by removing the supposed ‘public interest’ justification for media intrusion into their lives. They remain a valued part of Her Majesty’s family.
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will become privately funded members of The Royal Family with permission to earn their own income and the ability to pursue their own private charitable interests.
- The preference of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex was to continue to represent and support Her Majesty The Queen albeit in a more limited capacity, while not drawing on the Sovereign Grant.
- While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place.
- Per the agreement The Duke and Duchess of Sussex understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties and not undertake representative duties on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
- As agreed and set out in January, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will retain their “HRH” prefix, thereby formally remaining known as His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer actively use their HRH titles as they will no longer be working members of the family as of Spring 2020.
- As the grandson of Her Majesty and second son of The Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex remains sixth in line to the throne of The British Monarchy and the Order of Precedence is unchanged.
- It was agreed that The Duke and Duchess will no longer be able to formally carry out ‘official duties’ for The Queen or represent The Commonwealth, but they will, however, be allowed to maintain their patronages (including those that are classified as ‘royal’ patronages).
- It is agreed that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to require effective security to protect them and their son. This is based on The Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born into The Royal Family, his military service, the Duchess’ own independent profile, and the shared threat and risk level documented specifically over the last few years. No further details can be shared as this is classified information for safety reasons.
- In relation to the military, The Duke of Sussex will retain the rank of Major, and honorary ranks of Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader. During this 12-month period of review, The Duke’s official military appointments will not be used as they are in the gift of the Sovereign. No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the 12-month review of the new arrangements is completed.
- While per the agreement, The Duke will not perform any official duties associated with these roles, given his dedication to the military community and ten years of service he will of course continue his unwavering support to the military community in a non-official capacity. As founder of the Invictus Games, The Duke will proudly continue supporting the military community around the world through the Invictus Games Foundation and The Endeavour Fund.
- Based on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire to have a reduced role as members of The Royal Family, it was decided in January that their Institutional Office would have to be closed, given the primary funding mechanism for this official office at Buckingham Palace is from HRH The Prince of Wales. The Duke and Duchess shared this news with their team personally in January once they knew of the decision, and have worked closely with their staff to ensure a smooth transition for each of them.
- Over the last month and a half, The Duke and Duchess have remained actively involved in this process, which has understandably been saddening for The Duke and Duchess and their loyal staff, given the closeness of Their Royal Highnesses and their dedicated team.
- As The Duke and Duchess will no longer be considered full-time working Members of The Royal Family, it was agreed that use of the word ‘Royal’ would need to be reviewed as it pertains to organisations associated with them in this new regard. More details on this below.
- As shared in early January on this website, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not plan to start a ‘foundation’, but rather intend to develop a new way to effect change and complement the efforts made by so many excellent foundations globally.
- The creation of this non-profit entity will be in addition to their cause driven work that they remain deeply committed to. While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal’, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation will not utilise the name ‘Sussex Royal’ or any other iteration of ‘Royal.’
- For the above reason, the trademark applications that had been filed as protective measures and that reflected the same standard trademarking requests as done for The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have been removed.
- While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020.
- As The Duke and Duchess of Sussex continue to develop their non-profit organisation and plan for their future, we hope that you use this site as the source for factual information. In Spring 2020, their digital channels will be refreshed as they introduce the next exciting phase to you.
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