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Donald Trump refuses to pay Meghan and Harry’s £8m LA security bill

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Donald Trump has declared the United States is not going to pay the estimated £8m security bill for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

The US president tweeted: “I’m an incredible good friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom.

“It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside completely 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!”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will on Wednesday finally stop to be full-time royals dropping their HRH titles after selecting to stroll away from the monarchy.

But after the couple has left their house on Vancouver Island earlier this month, now they will not profit from the Royal Mounted Police the Canadian taxpayer-funded whereas within the nation.

Donald Trump said the USA would not pay for protection for the Queen’s grandson (Image: Getty Images)


It has left the couple now being solely looked after by a team of up to nine highly-trained British officers as they settle into life in California.

The bill till now for Harry and Meghan after having left the UK final November is estimated to be in extra of £three million.

The cost paid for by the British taxpayer, consists of the duvet of officers pay, lodging, journey and logistics in maintaining the couple and their ten-month-old son Archie, safe.

Harry and Meghan shared the Queen's coronavirus messages

Harry and Meghan have swapped Vancouver Island for Los Angeles (Image: PA)


The bill was elevated when Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, who’re presently stated to be self-isolating because the coronavirus spreads all through the States, lately selected to fly again to the UK for their final royal engagements leaving their son on Vancouver Island.

At one point while in Canada detectives protecting the Sussex’s were staying in a luxury taxpayer-funded £1,100-a-week Airbnb.

Other officers are understood to be accommodated elsewhere on the island and had been staying in a waterfront resort because the couple arrived in Canada in November.

The Duke and Duchess’s security crew have been housed near to the couple’s eight-bedroom oceanfront mansion on Vancouver Island having entry to a seashore and sea views.

Before the couple moved to LA earlier this month, a poll for Good Morning Britain show suggested that more than 90 per cent of the public believed Harry and Meghan should foot the bill themselves.
The spiralling costs to protect the couple and Archie has prompted senior Met Police officers to draft emergency plans to double their protection team.

Specialist UK cops have been asked to apply for roles which could see them rotate jobs every two months, working on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Duke and Duchess have spoken publicly over their need for protection due to Harry being born into the royal family, and Meghan’s “own independent profile”.

After it was announced the couple would not be able to use the word “royal” to bolster their finances, they hit back with a statement.
Within it, they discussed their security.

It read: “It is agreed that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to require effective security to protect them and their son.

“This is based on The Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born into The Royal Family, his military service, the Duchess” own independent profile, and the shared threat and risk level documented specifically over the last few years.

“No further details can be shared as this is classified information for safety reasons.”

Critics argue the pair should fund their security after they become private citizens as they seek to make millions from the private sector.


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