Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s British Columbia stay cost Canadian taxpayers over $40,000 for security

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the UK to go and live and North America after they stepped down from the Royal family, they initially stayed in Canada.

But according to reports while living in British Columbia the couple cost Canadian taxpayers over $40,000 USD.

According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the cost of protecting Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, during their two month stay came to $56,384.52 Canadian dollars.

The revealed cost does not include any salaries paid to the Mounties – who were tasked with providing security for them – but does show extra costs such as overtime, travel and meals.

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In a statement a spokesman for the RCMP said: “For security reasons and to protect our operations, we are not releasing salary costs. Security costs for protection are covered through the existing operational budget.”

Harry and Meghan ended up leaving Canada by private jet and settled in California where they are staying at one of the many homes owned by movie tycoon Tyler Perry in Los Angeles.

The mansion that they are now living in is said to be worth $18million and has great views across the Hollywood hills.

Harry and Meghan’s big move stateside also was said to have left Prince Charles feeling upset.

Broadway star Katharine McPhee recently revealed that Harry has grown close to her 70 year old husband David Foster, claiming their relationship is almost parental.

Katherine, 36, who acted alongside 38 year old Meghan as a teenager, opened up on how close their husbands have grown since their move to North America.

Millionaire record producer David, who has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Madonna and Michael Jackson, is said to have helped the couple move to Vancouver Island before they relocated to Los Angeles.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Waitress actress Katharine said: "My husband has a really, really beautiful relationship with Harry. They're so cute, they're like father and son."

But it has now been claimed that Katharine's comments will have upset the future King.

Royal expert Brittani Barger told Daily Stat Online: "Charles loves his son very much.

"I think it would sting a little for any parent to hear someone say that their child has a parent/child relationship with someone other than their parents. I think it could sting a bit more because Harry and Meghan have stepped back from royal duties and moved to the States."

Brittani then went on to refer to reports from 2011 which claimed that Prince William called Kate Middleton's father "dad".

She continued: "If Charles was indeed hurt when he heard Prince William referred to Michael Middleton as 'dad', then I'd say if he heard this statement, it would sting a bit."

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