Does Canada Have A Responsibility To Pay For Harry And Meghan?

Zi-Ann Lum
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stand with High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom Janice Charette as they leave after their visit to Canada House in London on Jan. 7, 2020. 

Justin Trudeau’s Office says Canada has “responsibilities” to support the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s eventual move to Canada, but it remains unclear what financial obligations Canada has when it comes to their security costs.

The prime minister told Global News on Monday the federal government is “obviously supportive” of Meghan and Harry’s decision to relocate part-time to Canada. No decisions have been made about the potential millions in security costs that may be funded by the public purse.

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“There are still a lot of decisions to be taken by the Royal Family, by the Sussexes themselves as to what level of engagement they choose to have,” Trudeau said, when asked if Canadians would be picking up the tab. 

“We’re not entirely sure what the final decisions will be,” adding that he thinks most Canadians are “very supportive” of having royals choose Canada as their new part-time home.

No discussions yet: finance minister

Finance minister Bill Morneau said Monday that, as a member of the Commonwealth, Canada is “obviously” looking to play a role but that there have been no discussions on the matter.

The Queen confirmed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will split their time between Canada and the UK. Her statement comes a week after the pair announced their plan to “step back” from their senior roles within the Royal Family.

Their indeterminate roles within the Royal Family, combined with their expressed desire to not be “reliant on public funds in their new lives,” have raised questions about who should pay for their security after they settle in Canada.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Canada House in London on Jan. 7, 2020. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s eventual move to Canada has already ruffled the feathers of some Canadians, irritated by the idea of tax dollars being used to pay for the royals’ security costs. Their security costs are covered by British taxpayers when they’re in the UK.

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