Starting March, the Canadian government will no longer pay for the security of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, the office of Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced on Thursday.
The soon to be ex-royals have been living part-time in an oceanside mansion in westernmost British Columbia province since November. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been providing security for the two under the internationally protected persons convention. But that will end “in the coming weeks, in keeping with their change in status,” said a statement.
In January, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent shock waves across the globe when they announced their decision to step back from their royal duties for a more financially independent life. The couple will be dividing their time between the UK and Canada.
Canadians have been welcoming to Harry and Meghan and local monarchists surveyed by AFP are excited.
However, a recent poll found that 77 per cent of local taxpayers were not too keen to pay for their security costs.
Currently, Prince Harry is in Britain to round up his final duties as a working role. At a tourism conference in Edinburgh, he had insisted on being called just 'Harry' and not 'Prince Harry.'
Before his speech, conference host Ayesha Hazarika addressed the gathering and said: “He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry”. The Duke of Sussex is currently in Britain for his final round of royal duties before hen officially steps back from the royal life on 31 March.