REPORT: Canada Will No Longer Pay for Harry and Meghan’s security costs

A government spokesperson has confirmed that Canada will on longer pitch in to Harry and Meghan Markle’s security costs.

Yahoo reports Canada has been paying some of the costs for the duke and duchess since last October.

A statement given to Yahoo News U.K. from the Office of the Minister of Public Safety in Canada read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex choosing to relocate 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 U.K. 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 October 2019. The assistance will cease in the coming weeks, in keeping with their change in status.”

Harry and Meghan spent an extended break on Vancouver Island over Christmas, with their son Archie.

They returned to the U.K. in January and thanked representatives at Canada House for their nation’s hospitality.

But it was shortly after the visit that they made the shock announcement that they wanted to step back from royal duties, saying they would carve their own path.

Over the weekend, it was confirmed that their last day of senior royal duties would be March 31.

In a statement on their website, they did not give any details on how their future security would be funded.