Harry and Meghan’s move to Canada raised one big question: who is going to pay for their security? Originally the RCMP was providing security to the couple, but that will no longer be the case within the next few weeks. Harry and Meghan’s security costs will not be paid for by Canadians anymore.
While security costs were originally being paid for by Canada, the office of Public Safety Minister Bill Blair made clear in a statement to CBC News that protection mandated for the couple would come to an end as they shed their royal titles.
"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." The statement reads, "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."
Harry and Meghan will officially stop using their "Royal Highness" titles as of March 31.
What might have surprised people the most in the statement is that Harry and Meghan have actually been in Canada since the fall, rather than only arriving during their highly publicized Christmas trip.
Breaking from @EvanDyerCBC Canada will not pay for Harry and Meghan's security after March. https://t.co/PIQAb8ZHKc… https://t.co/nZbRLY4KXC— John Paul Tasker (@John Paul Tasker) 1582820242.0
Security costs for the couple were originally a point of concern, and security expert Chris Mathers estimated the potential cost at $10 million a year.
Originally, even Prime Minister Trudeau was unsure as to how the payments for security would be handled, telling Global News, "We’re not entirely sure what the final decisions will be."
B.C. Premier John Horgan was also previously unsure of where security payments would come from, also telling Global News, "Who is going to pay for it? I haven’t given it a lot of thought and I’m sure people are working on it and I’ll have more thoughts on it if they move here."
The couple was spotted back in Canada when they took a commercial flight to Victoria International Airport on Valentine's Day.