British Columbia Sun

Guarding Prince Harry levy Canadians almost $334,000

Key takeaways: 

  • The noblest price was for the year when he was dating Meghan Markle and toured Toronto.
  • Prince Harry’s guarding cost Canadian taxpayers a huge amount of money. 

Canadians Taxpayers costed $334,000 for protecting Prince Harry: 

Guarding Prince Harry and his family during vacations to Canada cost Canadian taxpayers almost $334,000 over fewer than four years, The media has discovered.

Reports received by the media from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the Access to Information Act reveal that protection related to Harry’s visits between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018 cost taxpayers $182,430. That amount included items like overtime and travel expenses but not the wages of police officers.

In January 2020 — as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex openly considered living in Canada part of the year — the RCMP figured that guarding them and their son while in this nation could cost taxpayers approximately $33,000 a month.

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According to the Court Circular, which describes the public activities of members of the Royal Family, Prince Harry had 1 public tour to Canada during 2017 and 2018 — a week-long tour to visit events in Toronto. The events involved the Invictus Games — which Harry established — a WE Day ceremony and a reception for young people who got Duke of Edinburgh gold honours.

Prince Harry’s arrival at the Invictus Games brought extensive media attention because it was one of the prime times he was seen in the populace with Meghan Markle, an American star residing in Toronto. The couple, who met in July 2016 in London, were engaged in November 2017 and wedded in May 2018, when Prince Harry was awarded the title of Duke of Sussex.

That wasn’t Prince Harry’s single visit to Toronto during that period. In April 2017, paparazzi photographers expecting outside Markle’s house in Toronto’s Seaton Village neighbourhood took pictures of Prince Harry visiting her house during a special, unannounced tour.

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