#HarryAndMorgan'sMovetoCanada; #SecurityCosts; #BritishTaxPyers
Ottawa, Jan 13 (Canadian-Media): It is undecided if the federal government of canada would help to cover the security costs associated with a move by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan to Canada, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said today, media reports said.
During a meeting on Monday between the Queen, Prince Charles, William and Harry at the Queen's winter residence, Sandringham House, to discuss Harry's future in the House of Windsor, the queen had agreed to the decision of the couple to split their time between Canada and United Kingdom.
Harry and Meghan Markle. Image credit: Twitter handle
The Queen said that she respects and "understands their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
The couple had decided to be financially independent and less dependent on funds from the Sovereign Grant to help them carry out their duties.
British taxpayer has already covered the security costs incurred by the royals, but the status of that funding for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex while in Canada is not yet decided due ito their intention to withdraw from public life.
Although Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had committed to Queen that Canada would assume some of the security costs associated with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Morneau said the government has not yet held any formal talks on the matter.
"No, we haven't spent any time thinking about this issue," Morneau told reporters in Toronto. "We obviously are always looking to make sure, as a member of the Commonwealth, we play a role. We have not had any discussions on that subject at this time."