Canadian Taxpayers Will Foot The Bill For Harry And Meghan's Security
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has privately assured the Queen that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's security cost will be covered by Canadian taxpayers.
After a landmark crisis meeting was held at Sandringham estate on Monday, the palace has officially announced they will support Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's plan to step back as senior royals.
The meeting took place between Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, where it is believed they discussed the practicalities behind creating the "progressive new role within this institution" the young royals desire.
Her Majesty The Queen issued a rare statement overnight where she confirmed that "there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK."
In this "period of transition," Canada will pay for round-the-clock security for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their eight-month-old son Archie.
The Evening Standard reported that Mr Trudeau privately assured the Queen that the couple's safety will be looked after by his country, which is a part of the British Commonwealth.
The family will be protected by a team of Mounties -- the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who currently guard the Queen's representative in Canada, the governor general.
These security measures will be implemented whether or not British royal protection officers are also posted to Canada to guard the couple. It is believed that Scotland Yard is currently in talks with the Home Office, working out their future role.
Speaking to 10 daily, royal expert Gavin Grey flagged that the cost of security would be one of the most expensive considerations in the couple's quest for financial independence.
"They have roughly six full time bodyguards, with each one, I reckon, on an annual salary of about [AUD]$140,000," Grey said.
"Now if those bodyguards have to spend time here in the UK and Canada, that is going to be colossally expensive and if they are going to be self-sufficient, they’ll have to pay that for themselves."
It appears that in this "period of transition," they will not be paying security for themselves. At this stage, it is not clear how long this period will be.
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