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Meghan and Harry respond to Donald Trump’s tweets about funding their security

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have responded to Donald Trump's tweets saying the US will not pay for the couple's security.

The couple have reportedly left Canada and moved to LA, which they hope to make their long-term base after they officially quit the Royal Family tomorrow. 

There have been huge rows about who will foot the hefty security bill, which is expected to be about £20m a year, and Trump had it very clear his government would not be coughing up.

But the couple hit back, saying they don't expect the US to pay and their security will be "privately funded".

The US president tweeted: "I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom.

"It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada.

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

But a spokesman for the couple has now responded, saying the couple aren't expecting the US to pay and that their security will be privately funded.

They said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources.

"Privately funded security arrangements have been made."

When Meghan and Harry announced their plans to quit as senior royals, a decision which reportedly caused a lot of upset and anger behind Palace walls, they said they hoped to become "financially independent".

However they originally said they would continue to receive funding for security protection as Harry was born into the royal family and because of his military service.

Their statement read: "It is agreed that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to require effective security to protect them and their son.

"This is based on The Duke's public profile by virtue of being born into The Royal Family, his military service, the Duchess' own independent profile, and the shared threat and risk level documented specifically over the last few years. No further details can be shared as this is classified information for safety reasons."

The average salary of a protection officer is about £106,000 and the couple will need about 12, experts have claimed. There is also then the cost of travel, accommodation and overtime.

Police in the UK feared guarding the pair as they tour the world on money-spinning trips could leave them unable to cope.

Earlier this year, senior officers were understood to be drafting emergency plans to double the ­protection team guarding the couple and their son Archie, who were all in different countries due to their schedules.

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Former Met protection officer Dai Davies told the Mirror: "In their current state the plans are unworkable.

"Harry and Meghan's ­situation has called for a complete ripping up of the ­rulebook and they are acting like none of the rules apply to them.

"There is already a severe lack of trained officers and this is only adding to the Met's woes."



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