Vast majority of Canadians don’t want to pay for Harry and Meghan’s security: Poll
An over-whelming majority of Canadians do not want to foot the bill for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, according to a new poll released by the Angus Reid Institute.
In the poll, 73 percent of Canadians stated that they would disapprove of paying the way for the royals in self-imposed exile, particularly when it comes to covering security costs.
Earlier this month, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they would seek to become finically independent: stepping back from official royal duties and re-locating on a part-time basis to Canada.
Despite not wanting to pay for their arrival, a poll revealed that many Canadians would consider having Prince Harry as the Governor General.
Trudeau hasn’t yet announced the full financial details of the Royal’s stay in Canada, however, it is expected that the Canadian taxpayer will, to some extent, cover their costs.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be moving to L.A. after only having been in Canada for a short time according to E! News.
The couple announced that they would be leaving their royal family duties last month. Since then they have moved to B.C. where they have been seen on hiking trails close to North Saanich.
Reports are stating that the couple hope to spend part of the summer in Markle’s hometown of L.A. Some are thinking the move is so Meghan can continue on with her acting career. She made her name while acting on the television series Suits. She starred on the show from 2011-17.
A source told E! News, “They have started to look at homes online and are in the process of interviewing security teams. They are getting their ducks in a row and seeing if it’s logistically possible. They’ve reached out to people in L.A. and would like to assemble a team of locals.”
A different source told US Weekly, “Meghan is actively looking for representation. She has begun outreach. It can be a manager or an agent, but she’s reaching out to people to find someone to represent her for future professional projects.”
There have recently been claims that Markle has started working with a company called Sheeraz Inc. The company represents people such as Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian.
Sheeraz Inc. made a post to Instagram saying, “Sheeraz, Inc is now taking appearance and endorsement requests for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle @sussexroyal Sheeraz, Inc clients from Middle East, India, US and Asia can send us official offers and we will take them directly to their representatives.”
The Palace called the rumors “categorically untrue.”
Sheeraz Hasan, the founder of Sheeraz Inc., made posts after hearing the palaces response saying, “Always remember Meghan Markle was an actress in Hollywood before becoming a Princess. Now she is coming back to LA and of course I have been in contact with her inner team for brand and appearances deals as I have a global network of buyers for talent. When celebrities need global media or global brand opportunities, I always get the calls.”
He even mentioned an offer he received of $2 million in cash for the pair to make an appearance at a shopping mall in Dubai.
The UK Sun has recently reported that Markle may make an appearance with her friend Jessica Mulroney on a wedding show called I Do.
“If this happens, it will raise a few eyebrows at Buckingham Palace. It is not quite what the Queen imagined when she granted Harry and Meghan the freedom to cut loose from the family and pursue their own careers,” a source told the tabloid.
Prince Charles is known for many things, one of them being an outspoken climate change activist. He recently travelled to Davos for the World Economic Forum last week where he met with activist Greta Thunberg.
Upon his arrival, he drove an electric Jaguar car to the Swiss resort where the convention was being held. Prince Charles gave a speech on Wednesday in which he urged world leaders to take “bold and imaginative action” when it comes to their environmental practices according to the Daily Mail.
It was an appearance and a speech that didn’t corroborate very well with the Prince’s lifestyle. The Ministry of Supply revealed that in just the 11 days leading up to the convention Prince Charles took three flights on private jets and one additional flight via private helicopter for the purpose of official government business.
The Paramount Business Jet calculator, a program that allows passengers to understand and calculate their carbon emissions tallied that the air travel of those 11 days alone amounted to 162 metric tons of carbon emissions. That is 18 times the amount that the average Brit uses a year, and it cost approximately 270,000 British Pounds.
Clarence House spokesman said, “Global travel is an inescapable part of the Prince’s role as a senior member of the Royal Family representing the UK overseas.
“When he travels he does so at the request of the British Government. He does not choose the destinations any more than he chooses the means by which the journeys are undertaken.”
A source from within the Royal circle defended the Prince saying, “The Prince has been campaigning against the dangers of global warming for 50 years. As soon as there is a more efficient way of travelling, bearing in mind all the factors involved, he’ll be the first to adopt them.”
However, Muna Suleiman, of Friends Of The Earth, said: ‘Climate targets can’t be met without cutting pollution from aviation emissions, and private jets are a particularly wasteful way to travel.’’
Prince Charles had a Bombardier Global Express fly 944 miles from Austria to pick him up from his Birkhall home in Scotland. He was then flown to Muscat, where he paid his respects to the departed Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said on behalf of the Queen. He then flew 750 miles by private jet from Scotland to Switzerland for the Davos summit days later.
Following the speech, he travelled 1,740 miles to Israel. A private jet was chosen for security reasons and the Prince only accepted the Davos invitation because it was on the way to Israel according to Royal officials.
Over 80,000 Canadians have signed a petition telling Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that Canadian taxpayers don’t want to pay their security costs.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation created a petition calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to not approve the federal government supplying the couple with security.
“Canadians wish the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, all the best as they seek financial independence,” reads part of the petition.
“That goal is important because Canadian taxpayers shouldn’t have to cover the couple’s bills.
“We, the undersigned, call on the prime minister to ensure taxpayers’ money isn’t used to support Harry and Meghan.”
Some political commentators have argued paying for the couple’s security would be worth it because their mere presence in Canada will make the country a more attractive place for tourists. One even suggested Canadians were cheap because a recent poll showed the vast majority of Canadians don’t think the Canadian taxpayer should cover the costs of security for Meghan and Harry to live here.
Harry and Meghan have said they wanted to become “financially independent”, but its not clear if that includes paying their own security costs or having Canadians foot the bill.
The Daily Mail reported that Victoria MP Laurel Collins, the member of Parliament representing the riding Harry and Meghan are currently residing in, said she doesn’t think Canadians should be paying their security costs.
“Yes, I hope that they’re planning on covering their security costs. When it comes to the money our government spends and taxpayer money it’s important that we put this into context and think about our priorities.
“That we’re prioritizing making life more affordable for people, that we’re prioritizing protecting our environment and that we’re spending our tax dollars on the things that really matter to Canadians.”
A recent report claimed Meghan and Harry were interested in a $35 million mansion located in Vancouver.
Estimates for the royals’ security costs vary wildly from as low as $1 million to over $10 million.
Prince Harry has arrived in Canada to join his ever-controversial wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie to embark on a “peaceful life” in Canada. But according to multiple sources, their life of peace has already come to a rocky start, as the couple have threatened photojournalists for their taking photos of her and her son in Vancouver this past weekend.
The couple sent a lawyer letter to British news outlets stating that photos by photojournalists following the couple, calling any paparazzi following them “harassment.”
The lawyer letter also included concerns that photographers were driving dangerously around the couple. Harry’s mother Diana died in 1997 due to paparazzi chasing after her car.
A Canadian privacy act in British Columbia allows the pair to take legal action against any intrusions of privacy.
The toll that the press has had on the couple has been obvious, especially across the pond, and is the main reason why the couple decided to give up their titles and move.
“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences — a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” Prince Harry said in an official statement published to the Sussexes’ website in 2019.