Some Canadians Are Furious That Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Cost Them $40,000

Before they decided to officially resign as senior working members of the British royal family, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry spent an extended holiday on Vancouver Island in Canada. The royal couple and their infant son, Archie Harrison, spent some much-deserved time away from the grueling spotlight during the holiday season and into the new year.

Upon returning to the U.K. at the beginning of January, the Sussexes shocked the world when they announced they would be stepping back as senior royals. Their intent at first was to remain working royals at a part-time capacity. However, when they were unable to come up with a strategy with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince Willam, everyone involved decided that a clean break was best.

Following their announcement, the pair jetted back to Canada where they remained until early March. Now, the bill for the couple‘s security during their time in Canada has been revealed, and some Canadians are furious.

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Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s picturesque life in Canada

The Sussexes adored their life in Canada. Residents of Vancouver Island loved having them, and they often posted signs on their shop windows letting the press know they were not welcome. The duke and duchess stayed in a gated mansion during their time on the island where they had friends visit and got to spend quality time as parents and a couple.

“They are enjoying living a quiet life,” a source revealed to Page Six at the time. “They go for long walks, they do yoga, and Meghan cooks. [Harry and Meghan] are real homebodies who love to chill out with Archie and the dogs.”

The time away from the spotlight reportedly helped propel the duo toward their choice to leave the royal family.

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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball #LondonSeries, in support of @WeAreInvictusGames. Tonight’s highly anticipated game between the #Yankees and #RedSox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park. The @WeAreInvictusGames, of which His Royal Highness is Founding Patron, has been selected as charity partner for the @MLB 2019 series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ – it embodies the fighting spirit of the competitors. As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s #Softball60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport. On this #ArmedForcesDay, tonight’s event was also a chance for Their Royal Highnesses to shine a light on the men and women here in the UK and around the world who have sacrificed so much for their country. Discover more about the Invictus Games Foundation through the link in our bio. Photo credit: PA

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s life in Canada was never going to work

Unfortunately, life for the duke and duchess was never going to work in Canada in the long run. First and foremost, neither one of them is a Canadian citizen.

“Harry and Meghan have left Canada now for good,” an insider told People in March 2020. “The borders were closing and flights were stopping. They had to get out. But this move was planned for some time. They realized Canada would not work out for various reasons and they want to be based in the Los Angeles area.”

Not only are Meghan’s friends and mom, Doria Ragland in Los Angeles, but the Sussexes’ new Hollywood powerhouse team is also based out of California, allowing them access to big brands and companies to become financially independent.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cost Canadians $40,000

Though their stay in Canada was lovely, the Sussexes left Canadians with a hefty bill. Page Six and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation are reporting that Meghan and Prince Harry have a bill of $41,500 in security fees just from Nov. 18 to Jan. 19.

This massive number reflects the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s “overtime, travel, meals, incidentals, and accommodations.” This might not even reflect the total amount that the Sussexes incurred while living in Canada. Though over 100,000 Canadian citizens signed a petition stating they should not be responsible for the duke and duchess’s security bill, the royal pair may already have a plan in place.

In January 2020, The Telegraph reported the couple will “reimburse the taxpayer for security provided on private business engagements with no royal connection if they are commercially successful.”

The pair are already paying back U.K. citizens for the money spent on renovating their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, so we think they’re good for it.