Trump says Prince Harry, Meghan Markle must pay for their own security if they move to US

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE said Sunday that Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleMeghan MarkleRoyal family honors International Nurses Day amid coronavirus pandemic: 'Thank you for everything you're doing' The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump embraces underdog role Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrate Archie's first birthday with coronavirus charity video MORE must pay for their own security if they move to the U.S.

The president tweeted Sunday in response to reports that the prince and his wife had moved to Los Angeles. He started by saying he is a “great friend and admirer” of the queen and the U.K.

“It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada,” he posted. “Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”


The couple announced earlier this year that they would step back from their royal family roles and earned the support of Queen Elizabeth II. They had said they would split their time between North America and the U.K.

A report from the Evening Standard in January said Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCanadian PM Trudeau pushes for national sick leave plan to prep for coronavirus second wave Trump says in-person G-7 would 'primarily' take place at White House US-Mexico border restrictions extended to June 22 MORE agreed the country would fund half of the $1.3 million in estimated security costs, but he has said the conversations are tentative. 

But reports circulated last week that the royal couple and their son had moved to Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times

The royal family moved in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has captured the world’s attention, as hundreds of thousands of people have been infected, thousands of people have died, and many countries and states are banning people from leaving their homes except in certain circumstances.