U.S. president Donald Trump said in a tweet Sunday that the U.S. will not be paying security protection for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, following reports that the couple intend to reside in the U.S. in a change of events.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s security protection have been estimated to be around US$1 million per year.
“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”, Trump’s tweet read.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex already had plans to move from Vancouver Island in Canada to Los Angeles, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement of the closing of Canada-U.S. borders last week sped up the process.
The U.S. has long provided security for U.K. royals, but as Prince Harry and Meghan renounced their titles and stepped down as senior Royals, they’re no longer categorized as “international protected persons.”
The President’s response came after a prank call to Prince Harry allegedly evoked him to respond that Trump had “blood on his hands” regarding his actions on climate change.