Canada's Going to Stop Paying for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Security Costs

Starr Bowenbank
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From Cosmopolitan

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's security will no longer be covered by Canada.
  • Canada will stop covering their security costs sometime in March.

Welp, now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are trying to live their most normal lives possible in Canada after fleeing from stepping back from their royal duties, I guess it's fair that they'll start getting treated like true non-royals, right? In addition to losing their lofty HRH (His and Her Royal Highness) titles and their "Sussex Royal" trademark, Meghan and Harry will also be losing their government protection in Canada, too.

Earlier today, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced that the protection they have been providing Meghan, Harry, and their son, Archie with since November will officially cease in March. It's unclear exactly when that will happen, but Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the service will stop "in the coming weeks" to coincide with their final date of active royal service—March 31.

The RCMP issued a statement through CBC about the matter, and wrote:

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex choosing to re-locate to Canada on a part-time basis presented our 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 recognized as Internationally Protected Persons, Canada has an obligation to provide security assistance on an as-needed basis. At the request of the Metropolitan Police, the RCMP has been providing assistance to the Met since the arrival of the Duke and Duchess to Canada intermittently since November 2019. The assistance will cease in the coming weeks, in keeping with their change in status."

Now that Meghan and Harry's security costs will be dropped from Canada's tab, having protection remains a responsibility of their own now. On their Sussex Royal website, Meghan and Harry stated, "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."

This basically means Meghan and Harry will have to pay for security by themselves. You know, like regular people! Honestly, God bless these two, but I am sure they'll be juuuuust fine.

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