Vote: Who should handle Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's security costs in Canada?

By Zach Harper

Many questions have come up about Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan moving to Canada, and one is the couple's security.

On Jan. 13, the Queen revealed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend a "period of transition" from their senior royal roles in Canada and the United Kingdom. The announcement came after Her Majesty held talks at Sandringham with Harry, Prince Charles and Prince William just days after Harry and Meghan announced they would step down from their senior positions and work to become "financially independent" while still supporting the Queen and Commonwealth.

Following Her Majesty's statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he supports the couple's move here, but there are a lot of issues still to be sorted out. The security issue and any costs is one of those questions, he said. Justin said that is "part of the reflection that needs to be had" and discussions are ongoing as to how it will look.

"We're not entirely sure what the final discussions will be, what the dispositions are and those are the decisions for them," he said. "I think most Canadians are very supportive of having royals be here, but how that looks and what costs are involved, there are still lots of discussions to have."

At Canada House the day before their announcement, Harry and Meghan toured an exhibit by Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) artist Skawennati. Photo: © Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

It's important to keep in mind this situation is extremely fluid and has changed rapidly within the space of just over a week. Additionally, what the Sussexes will do here and the roles Harry and Meghan will play are still questions that need to be answered.

But the security issue has proven to be one of the biggest questions Canadians have and Harry and Meghan themselves seem to have recognized that. A line on the Sussex Royal website that read "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are classified as internationally protected people, which mandates this level of security" was removed last weekend and amended to, "The provision of armed security by The Metropolitan Police is mandated by the Home Office, a ministerial department of Her Majesty's Government, responsible for security and law & order."

That said, we want to know who you think should handle the couple's security costs. Should it be Canadians? Should the Royal Family take care of it? Should it be Sussexes themselves, through a private company or something along those lines? Is there a solution that might involve a combination of these options, or do you see a better option entirely outside of all of these scenarios? Sound off in the poll below!

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