Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Security Cost Canadian Mounties $40,000 Over Two Months

Canadian Mounties spent $40,000 protecting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during the first two months of their stay in the country.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex flew out to Canada from Britain in November as they prepared to step back from their position as senior working royals.

However, the country's government ultimately refused to continue bankrolling their security costs and in March they moved to California.

From November 18 to January 19, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spent C$56,384 ($41,500) on expenses including overtime, meals, accommodation and travel, according to a freedom of information request.

The figure does not include staff salaries and Canada has previously said security assistance was provided "intermittently" from November.

However, the figure suggests annual costs for expenses could have exceeded $250,000 had the same level of support been provided over 12 months.

Aaron Wudrick, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said: "More than $50,000 is nothing to sneeze at, especially when you consider the fact that this is taxpayers' money covering bills for one of the most famous and wealthy couples in the world.

"Had the government not cut them off and had Meghan and Harry stayed in Canada, the bill could have easily turned into millions."

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sit in front of a Canadian flag on a visit to Canada House, in London, on January 7, to thank staff for the support they received during their stay in the country. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty

In a statement to CBC News in February, the Canadian government said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex choosing to relocate to Canada on a part-time basis presented our government with a unique and unprecedented set of circumstances.

"The RCMP has been engaged with officials in the UK from the very beginning regarding security considerations.

"As the duke and duchess are currently recognized as internationally protected persons, Canada has an obligation to provide security assistance on an as-needed basis.

"At the request of the Metropolitan police, the RCMP has been providing assistance to the Met since the arrival of the duke and duchess to Canada intermittently since November 2019.

"The assistance will cease in the coming weeks, in keeping with their change in status."

Similar debates took place in Britain over whether the Metropolitan Police should provide taxpayer-funded security for the duke and duchess while they were living overseas.

And once they moved to America, Donald Trump refused to provide taxpayer-funded U.S. Marshals for their security.

He posted on Twitter: "Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!"

A spokesperson for the Sussexes said at the time: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the US government for security resources.

"Privately funded security arrangements have been made."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. Samir Hussein/Getty

While in California, they have been living in Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry's Beverly Hills mansion and using his private security team.

They have made repeated reports to the LAPD detailing drone sightings around the Tuscan-style villa and friends told Newsweek they have been chased by paparazzi.