Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could cost Canadian taxpayers millions

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could cost Canadian taxpayers millions


Canadian taxpayers could be on the hook for millions of dollars if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle move to the Great White North post-“Megxit,” experts said Thursday.

The "Megxit" cover of the New York Post on January 9, 2020.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex — who on Wednesday announced plans to step away from royal duties and live part-time abroad — are said to be looking at keeping a home in Canada.

Markle lived in Toronto while filming the USA Network show “Suits.”

If that’s the case, the Canadian government would likely be legally obligated to foot the bill for their security, because of their royal status, experts told Reuters.

Canada is part of the British Commonwealth of countries that have the queen as their head of state.

“I don’t believe they can refuse the government of Canada’s security,” said Larry Busch, an ex-Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who directed security for world leaders.

Mike Zimet, whose eponymous New York executive security firm, counts Alec Baldwin, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as clients, said the cost could easily run in the millions.

The level of security would be defined by threat assessment, said another expert.

Among those concerns, would be a worry about the kidnapping of 8-month-old son Archie, said Zimet, calling the threat a “major situation, especially when it comes to terrorists.”

He added: “Kidnap a kid, hold them for ransom, what are the parents going to do?”

The couple — who spent the last six weeks vacationing in Vancouver with Archie — has said they want to work toward becoming financially autonomous, but haven’t said whether that’ll extend to the cost of their security.

With Post wires



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