Trudeau has “privately assured” Queen Elizabeth II that Harry, Meghan and baby Archie’s safety “will not be jeopardized” in his country, which is part of the British Commonwealth, according to the Evening Standard.
The family will be protected by the same specialist team of Royal Canadian Mounted Police that currently guards the governor general, who represents the Queen in Canada, the paper said.
Security — and its huge cost, given the Sussexes’ desire to be “financially independent” — is one of the issues understood to be central to ongoing discussions within the royal household after “constructive discussions” at the historic summit at Sandringham Monday.
As a former British Army officer who has served in Afghanistan — and the current captain general of the Royal Marines — Harry is deemed a particularly high-level risk following previous death threats.
Canadian security will be provided even if the Sussexes continue to get guarded by British royal protection officers from Scotland Yard, the report says. UK police bosses are currently debating with government officials as to whether that protection will continue, the report says.
Trudeau, 48, has agreed that his taxpayers will foot the bill — sparking outrage among some as the costs are expected to soar to more than $1.3 million, the paper says.
“I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect us to pay for everything the way we do for a royal visit,” Aaron Wudrick, director of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, told the Standard.
“If they’re going to make Canada a second home, a good step in the right direction would be to pay for at least part of it, and not rely on taxpayers to fund their entire lifestyle.”
Meghan is already in Canada with baby Archie, returning after just a few days in the UK following their six-week stay over the holidays.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
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