Will Trudeau government foot the security bill for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
Finance Minister Bill Morneau has stated that the federal government has not yet decided whether or not the Trudeau government would foot the bill for security costs of Price Harry and Meghan Markle living in Canada.
According to a report from the Evening Standard, though, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already informed the Queen that Canada would take on the costs involved in ensuring the pair are safe as they live in the country part-time.
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.
Meghan Markle is looking into real estate in the prestigious West Vancouver market according to The Sun. One particular mansion has caught her eye: a beautiful 6,900-square foot waterfront home selling at just over $35 million dollars according to the Vancouver Sun.
There are a total of six bedrooms and five bathrooms in the four-story mansion complete with full-length panoramic windows that offer breathtaking views of both the ocean and the city skyline.
Security is clearly a concern for the rogue royals but it won’t be a concern at this estate which is surrounded by gates, screen hedges and a 20-foot beachside wall behind the property.
“The neighbourhood is a known haven for wealthy people and has a very laid-back atmosphere. I’m sure they would be very happy there, and they would be welcomed with open arms.” said one estate agent source. “Meghan has expressed an interest in this beautiful house. It would be perfect for her, Harry and little Archie.”
The house is located in Kitsilano, one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in Vancouver. The residence is 108-years-old runs along a street of prized billionaire’s dubbed “Golden Miles.”
“The area is particularly sought after by super-rich and image-conscious young achievers.” said one real estate expert. “But best of all for Harry and Meghan, it’s quiet and locals respect each other and value their privacy. They’d fit in very well.”
Canadian billionaire founder of the uber-trendy Lululemon Athletica yoga gear brand, Chip Wilson, would be a neighbour should the couple decide to buy. His mansion is worth about $64 million. Meghan Markle has been public about her love for yoga, pilates, and the Lululemon brand.
The new mansion is a long way from the Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Home Park, Windsor. The Queen is apparently “privately furious” at the couple for the money spent to renovate the Frogmore Cottage prior to the decision to move to Canada. Frogmore has been the home of the couple ever since their publicly-funded wedding that came in at $40 million dollars. The Queen is said to be “privately furious” at the money spent on Frogmore Cottage renovations following Prince Harry and Meghan’s announcement they are moving abroad. The royal couple have lived there since their publicly-funded $40-million-dollar wedding.
In a brand new statement by Buckingham Palace, it has been confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer be using royal titles.
Buckingham Palace stated: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
“As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.
“With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”
The Queen issued a statement that read:
“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family.”