Donald Trump Says U.S Will Not Pay For Harry And Meghan’s Security
Trump made the statement amid reports that the couple had moved permanently from Canada to California.
The couple left their rented home in Vancouver and took a private flight to the US before the border between the two countries closed last week, the Sun reported.
Trump in a tweeted stated that the couple “must” pay for their own security in the U.S:
“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. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”
According to the Guardian UK, a spokesperson for the Sussexes said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the US government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made.”
Scotland Yard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had been providing round-the-clock security for the couple and baby Archie in their rented mansion in Vancouver, the Sun UK reports.
The bill for their security, which includes a roster of nine highly skilled British officers shuttling between the UK and US, is estimated to be as much as £8 million a year and is covered by British taxpayers through the Metropolitan Police budget.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially step down as senior royals on 31 March.
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the reports the couple are now in California. The palace has also consistently refused to comment on security matters involving the couple.
Harry, Meghan and their baby son, Archie, are said to be living in lockdown near Hollywood in accordance with the state’s Covid-19 containment measures.