Experts Say Canadian Taxpayers Will Have To Pay Millions Towards Harry And Meghan's Security

After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell announcement about stepping back as 'senior' members of the royal family, the media and public have been scrambling to discover what this will mean for the future. The couple announced they will be splitting their time between the U.S., Canada and the U.K., leading many Canadians to believe they will have to foot the Sussexes' security bill.

Reuters reports Queen Elizabeth and her heir to the throne Prince Charles along with Prince William, Harry’s elder brother, are all gathering to meet at Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England.

Taking to their official Instagram account last week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a shocking statement announcing they “intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and “work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”

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The Duchess of Sussex will attend @OneYoungWorld opening ceremony this evening to continue her support for this amazing collective of global youth ambassadors. Her Royal Highness was a counsellor for OYW in Dublin in 2014 as well as in Ottawa in 2016. This evening she again joins world leaders and activists to celebrate the youth of today as they tackle some of the world’s greatest problems. She is proud to attend as Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and to continue her long-standing commitment to this very important summit. Later this week The Duchess will hold a round table discussion with several of the OYW young leaders to address the issue of gender equity worldwide, and how we can all play our part to reach equality for all. Ahead of the opening ceremony tonight, we take a look back at some photos and moments from HRH attending One Young World in the past. Stay tuned for highlights from tonight’s event! #OYW2019 Photo ©SussexRoyal Video: One Young World

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Security experts told The Mirror that Justin Trudeau’s government in Canada will be legally obligated to provide security for Meghan and Harry because of their royal status.

Larry Busch, an ex-Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who did security for royals in Canada said, “I don’t believe they can refuse the government of Canada’s security." Another security expert Mike Zimet believes this bill could run into the millions.

Canadian users on Twitter have voiced their outrage at the possibility of Meghan and Harry coming to Canada. One user wrote, "Two freeloaders wanting to come to Canada to further burden the taxpayers of this country. Stay where you are, we don’t want you.”

While another said, '“Canadian taxpayers could be on the hook for millions of dollars a year in security expenses if Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan move there, even part time,'"Which is, one of many reasons, why we don’t want them here!!"

It has been circulating in the media that Trudeau could make Harry the country's governor-general. While many people are outraged on social media, a poll by Dart and Maru/Blue found 60 percent of Canadians said they would back the Prince as governor-general.

However, on Twitter, one user said, "The governor-general gets a salary for life. No way do I want to see Harry living off the Canadian taxpayer for the next multiple decades."

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham - Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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While no news is confirmed Harry and Meghan will make their second home in Canada, the Mirror reports there is speculation the couple could settle in Los Angeles to be close to Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.

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