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Canada will stop providing security for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married on May 19, 2018. The couple was engaged Nov. 27, 2017.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married on May 19, 2018. The couple was engaged Nov. 27, 2017.

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The Canadian Office of the Minister of Public Safety has announced it will no longer provide security for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when the pair officially forsake royal titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on March 31, CBC reports.

When the pair elected to step back as senior members of the royal family in January, the scandal rocked Buckingham Palace, which expressed disappointment with the couple’s choice, Deseret News reports.

The couple’s statement included the announcement they were to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America, which quickly came to mean Canada, but that move was also met with controversy, with The Globe and Mail publishing an editorial saying a move to Canada would violate the Canadian constitution.

Despite the backlash, the couple and their young son, Archie, have been living in Canada for the past few months and receiving protection from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as they are “Internationally Protected Persons,” a status which obligates Canada to provide them with security, Yahoo! News reports.

The move follows a Canadian poll which revealed that 70% of Canadians were against the use of Canadian taxpayer funds to cover Harry and Meghan’s security costs, as well as an online petition from the Canadian Taxpayer Federation with more than 120,000 signatures which asked that taxes would not be used to support the couple, according to The Washington Post.