Prince Harry & Meghan's Security Could Be Paid By Your Tax Dollars If They Move To Canada
People are buzzing with the possibility that some Royals could be spending a lot more time in the great white north soon. Nothing is for sure yet but that hasn't stopped people from speculating about what's next for the Duke and Duchess. Not all of it is good news. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moving to Canada could mean your tax dollars pay for their security while they're here.
In a statement to Global News, Cpl. Caroline Duval of the RCMP said that Prince Harry and his family are what's known as Internationally Protected Persons and while in Canada, they're entitled to protection by the RCMP.
"As part of its mandate, the RCMP is responsible at all times for the safety and security of visiting members of the Royal Family while they are in Canada," said Duval.
It's not cheap to do that. According to Turbo Tax Canada, a big chunk of the country's tax income is used for security and infrastructure. That includes the RCMP.
If they move to Canada while keeping the royal title, that extra cost is likely.
"I don't believe they can refuse the government of Canada's security," Larry Busch, an ex-RCMP officer who's directed security for the Royal Family before, told Reuters.
While nothing has been confirmed, since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they would "step back" as senior members of the Royal Family and split their time between the U.K. and North America, many have been wondering if a move to the true north is in the cards for these two, especially since the couple seems to love spending time here.
They just vacationed in B.C. over the holidays with their son Archie and are already coming back.
Markle returned to Vancouver Island to be with Archie after the announcement she and her husband would become financially independent. According to Global News, Prince Harry will also be coming back soon.
There's been no confirmation that the couple will move to Canada permanently but based on these trips, it wouldn't be totally out of the blue.
It's unclear if the royals will be making the move to the True North but based on their post, they plan on being both North American and royal.
"This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter," the Duke and Duchess said in their announcement.
If they do end up moving here, one thing they won't have to worry about is coffee because Tim Hortons offered them free coffee for life.