How Do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Plan to Pay for Their Security Now That They’ve Moved to LA?

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have moved again. After leaving their roles as working roles, the pair moved to Canada. But recently, they retreated to LA amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since their move, they have received some flack from people, including President Donald Trump for potentially needing the USA to fund their security. But that doesn’t even seem to be the case.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave the UK

In January, Prince Harry and Meghan decided to leave their posts as senior royals in an effort to gain independence.

“As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from royal duties, including official military appointments,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “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 Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the royal family.”

The pair then moved to Canada to live in relative privacy. They both returned to the UK for their final round of engagements, but are now living in LA.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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Donald Trump disses Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

On Mar. 29, Trump took to Twitter to accuse Meghan and Harry of wanting America to pay for their security.

“I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada,” he tweeted. “Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”

How do Meghan and Harry plan to pay for security?

Though Trump alleged otherwise, Meghan and Harry never intended to ask the United States to fund their security.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources,” a spokesperson for the couple said in a statement, according to People. “Privately funded security arrangements have been made.”

Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter also shared the same sentiments.

“Trump spouting off half-cocked as per usual,” she tweeted. “Harry & Meghan never had any intention of asking the US to pay for their security, but at least word from their spokesperson also serves as confirmation of their move for those who doubted it. Now if Trump could back to ventilators…”

How has coronavirus affected the royal family?

Prince Harry, Meghan, and baby Archie are currently isolating themselves in LA amid the pandemic. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, tested positive for the virus.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus,” a spokesperson told CNN. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual. The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. Per Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.”

As of today, Charles has been released from self-isolation. The queen is at Windsor and Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are with their family at their home in Norfolk.