The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer have security provided by Canada, the Canadian federal government has confirmed.
Once the pair officially step down as senior royals next month, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will stop providing them protection. The force has done so on an intermittent basis since Harry and Meghan moved to Vancouver Island last November, reports The Guardian.
The federal government explained in a statement to CBC news: “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 recognised 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.”
The couple will officially end their royal duties on 31 March and intend to split their time between the UK and North America.
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