Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that his government has yet to decide whether it will assume the security costs associated with the decision of Prince Harry and his American wife, former actress Meghan Markle, to split their time between Canada and the UK, AFP reported on Tuesday January 14th.
In an interview with Canadian television channel Global, Trudeau said,"I think that is part of the reflection that...needs to be had, and there are discussions going on.We're not entirely sure what the final decisions will be."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently shocked the world by saying they are stepping back from their senior roles in the British Royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Instagram on Wednesday January 8th that they are stepping back from their royal duties due to the high pressure they are facing under the media spotlight.
"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution," read the Instagram post.
On Monday January 13th, Queen Elizabeth II allowed her grandson Harry and Meghan their wish to split their time between the UK and Canada.
According to Trudeau, Canadians are "very supportive" of having the royal couple live in Canada, but there are still "lots of discussions to have" he said.
Trudeau’s comments came after a gathering Monday afternoon of senior royals at the queen’s Norfolk estate, Sandringham.
Canadian finance minister Bill Morneau for his part affirmed,"We haven't spent any time thinking about this issue." He was interviewed earlier Monday about British press reports that Trudeau had assured Queen Elizabeth II that Canada would cover security costs for Harry and Meghan.
British media had reported Canada would contribute $650,000 (CAN$850k, £500k) per year, while Canadian media have estimated that protecting the couple and their baby son Archie would cost about $1.3 million (CAN$1.7m, £1m) per year.
Prince Harry and Meghanhave said their official plan is to continue to "fully support" the queen and honour their duties to the Commonwealth and their patronages."We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the royal family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen", the couple said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace.