The United States will not pay for the security protection of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have to pay for their own £8 million security after they moved from Canada to California, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter.
"I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom," he said on Sunday.
"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!"
It was revealed this week the that Royal couple have left their home on Vancouver Island and have settled in Los Angeles permanently.
The question of who will foot the bill for their protection has been uncertain ever since they announced they would be stepping down as senior Royals and splitting their time between North America and the UK.
Their security bill is estimated to cost approximately £8 million.
The UK and the US have an agreement that a diplomat or members of the Royal family will receive bodyguard protection in both countries.
But as they have now stepped down the government is under no obligation to pay for their security.
In February Canadian officials said Canadian taxpayers would not be paying for Meghan and Harry's security once they cease being members of the Royal Family.
Meanwhile a Twitter poll by Good Morning Britain revealed that 90% of UK taxpayers believe the couple should pay for their own security wherever they end up residing.
Sources have claimed that Meghan and Harry decided to leave the Commonwealth country of Canada and move to the US to avoid having to pay tax in two countries.
Other suggested motives include wanting to move Archie closer to his grandmother Doria, who lives in Los Angeles, and increasing Meghan's opportunities to find work in Hollywood.
- Donald Trump
- Meghan Markle
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