Canada to Cancel Security for Harry, Meghan

Brenda Watkins
February 28, 2020

As the Duke and Duchess are now recognized as Internationally Protected Persons, Canada has an obligation to provide security assistance on an as-needed basis.

The couple revealed plans to split their time between Britain and Canada after complaining about media intrusion and expressing their desire to be financially independent.

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They returned to the United Kingdom in January and thanked representatives at Canada House for their nation's hospitality.

Otherwise, the royal couple's security is overseen by Britain's Metropolitan Police Service.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially step back as working royals on 31 March.

"We are pleased to now be able to share with you an update on numerous details agreed at a meeting of The Royal Family in January 2020, which outlines The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new roles, taking effect Spring 2020", read the statement posted to the couple's website Sussex Royal on Friday night.

"This is a tremendous victory for Canadian taxpayers and the Trudeau government for doing the right thing", said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick on Thursday.

The comments come after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex published a "Spring 2020 Transition" statement on Friday, where responded to news that they will no longer be able to use the "Sussex Royal" trademark or the word "royal" in their commercial ventures.

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He added: "I think most Canadians are very supportive of having royals be here, but how that looks and what kind of costs are involved, there are still lots of discussions to have".

While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place.

"However we obviously do have a problem with climate change and we decided at board level about 18 months ago that sustainable and responsible tourism should be at the centre of our thinking".

At a recent event in Edinburgh, he was introduced to the crowd as just Harry, without his string of royal titles.

Before he took to the stage, host Ayesha Hazarika, a former Labour adviser, said: "He's made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry". It was one of Meghan's final public engagements past year before she went on maternity leave ahead of the birth of Archie.

Back in London, Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly feeling "so much embarrassment" following Harry and Meghan's response to not being allowed to use the "Sussex Royal" name for any future branding.

The duke and duchess announced their intention to set up a non-profit organisation instead of a foundation.

The pair will formally step down from their roles as working members of the royal family at the end of March.

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