Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's security costs will not be covered by Canada, police have said.
A spokesman for Canada's Public Safety Minister, Bill Blair, said Canadians had been covering some of the costs since their sensational decision to step down from the royal family..
But he said this will stop "in the coming weeks" once they are no longer working members of the royal family, reports Global News.
He added: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex choosing to re-locate to Canada on a part-time basis presented our government with a unique and unprecedented set of circumstances.
“The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) has been engaged with officials in the UK from the very beginning regarding security considerations.
"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."
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“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 October 2019. The assistance will cease in the coming weeks, in keeping with their change in status.”
The couple said they wanted to step down as full-time royals and work towards becoming "financially independent".
But questions over their exit lingered, and the Queen told them they could not use their HRH titles.
One of them was who would foot the bill of their extensive security costs.
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Recently, Meghan's dad, Thomas, hit out at his daughter and accused the couple of disrespecting the Queen.
He said: "(They) don't have a right to speak to the Queen the way they've spoken to her.
"I think it's an insult to the Queen and the British people."
He also accused the them of "dumping the royal family", according to TMZ.
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
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