AGENCIES, Washington: While the US braces for the peak COVID-19 period, President Donald Trump said on Sunday that his country would not pay security costs for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.
The former royal couple have moved from Canada to live in California permanently. The flew in to Los Angeles before the border between the two countries closed because of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
They left UK, after deciding to no longer represent the British monarchy and to pursue a new, independent life and had been living in Canada before moving to LA.
“I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom,” Trump tweeted.
“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!”
A spokeswoman for the Harry and Megan later released a statement saying they had no intention of soliciting help from Washington.
“Privately funded security arrangements have been made,” the statement said, according to the Washington Post.
Meghan is familiar with Los Angeles where she grew up and her mother, Doria Ragland, still lives in the city.
The one-time actress has a network of friends and work contacts in Los Angeles, where she could now restart her career.
Disney announced on Thursday that she will narrate a new film about a family of African elephants.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will relinquish royal duties on March 31.