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.
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.
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.
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.