Eighty thousand Canadians have banded together to sign a petition demanding that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay for their own security as they prepare to move their family to Canada. As The New York Post reports:
More than 80,000 people in the Great White North have signed an online petition demanding that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay for their security detail while they’re in town.
The petition, from the fiscally conservative Canadian Taxpayer Federation, racked up the signatures over six days from residents who refuse to use taxpayer money toward the estimated millions of dollars needed annually to safeguard the Sussexes.
Prince Harry and Meghan are on Vancouver Island preparing to begin a new life with their 8-month-old son, Archie, after stepping back from the British royal family.
“Canadians are pleased to welcome the Duke and Duchess to Canada, but have made it crystal clear that taxpayers should not be forced to support them while they are living here,” said Aaron Wudrick, the federation’s federal director. “All Canadians wish them well as they realize their ambition of financial independence.”
Costs to protect the family once they officially leave the royal family are estimated to run approximately 10 million dollars a year.