President Donald Trump declared Sunday that the United States will not be picking up the tab for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s security if the two have in fact moved to Los Angeles.
“I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom,” Trump tweeted. “It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will soon be just expatriates from the U.K. with no royal status and as such would have to petition the president for a Secret Service detail. Trump has seemingly not waited for the request and indicated his answer in advance.
The couple and their 10-month-old child relocated to a residence on Vancouver Island after announcing they would be withdrawing from their duties with the Royal Family.
They reportedly left Canada for Los Angeles sometime before the U.S.-Canada border closed. Although the Trudeau government initially promised to fund security for the pair, it was hedging on that commitment.