Thousands sign petition demanding Britain doesn't pay for Harry and Meghan's ...

Petition is launched to demand Britain is not left paying for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's £20m security bill after Canadian government refused

By Tom Pyman For Mailonline

Published: 14:46 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 15:10 GMT, 3 March 2020

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A petition demanding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's £20 million security bill does not land at the feet of British taxpayers has received more than 5,000 signatures - just a day after being set up.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world when they announced their intention to quit as senior working royals at the end of this month, and to move to North America to pursue lucrative commercial careers.

However, the Canadian government, which has a legal obligation to provide security to so-called internationally protected persons, last week refused to keep guarding the couple, and baby son Archie, in keeping with their ‘change in status'.  

The security bill for Meghan and Harry, pictured, will not be covered by the Canadian government and now thousands of British people have signed a petition demanding the cost doesn't fall at the feet of the taxpayer

The security bill for Meghan and Harry, pictured, will not be covered by the Canadian government and now thousands of British people have signed a petition demanding the cost doesn't fall at the feet of the taxpayer

More than 5,000 people have already signed the petition, which claims it is the couple's 'own responsibility to provide their own security'

More than 5,000 people have already signed the petition, which claims it is the couple's 'own responsibility to provide their own security'

Who will foot the bill for Meghan and Harry's security costs?

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) revealed last week they will cease to provide security for Meghan and Harry once they officially step back from their royal duties - a deal brokered with the Met Police.

In their roles as senior royals, the couple had their security paid for by the state and once they step back from these officials roles it has not yet been clear as to who will foot the bill.

According to the Royals' 2018-2019 financial reports, physical security is not covered by the Sovereign Grant.

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