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Moving To Los Angeles

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While it seemed like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be settling in Canada on Vancouver Island, it's been reported that the couple has moved to Los Angeles ahead of the coronavirus pandemic spread. L.A. is Markle's hometown and her mother, Doria Raglan, still resides there, as well as Markle's "big support system" of friends.

According to a source to People, the young family is living in a "secluded compound" and they are "looking at houses in L.A."

"Harry is looking straight ahead at his future with his family. They will be spending time in California…He’s not looking back."

Special Protection

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However, the fact that Harry and Meghan have stepped down as senior royals means that Harry is no longer an "'international protected person." This makes the issue of security rather tricky and potentially expensive for the couple, as the United States is no longer obligated to pay for their private security.

A source told the Daily Mail:

"It will be down to Harry or his Met Police protection officers to ask for help. There is a reciprocal agreement between the US that allows protection officers to carry their weapons. But Harry is no longer a serving royal and that is why his protection in Canada from the Mounties was withdrawn.

Someone is going to have to ask the State Department, and ultimately the decision rests with Donald Trump, for assistance. Harry cannot live in the US without armed protection."

Trump is Not Onboard

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Despite the fact that he's dealing with an international health crisis that is killing thousands of Americans and sending our economy into a free fall, President Trump took the time to tweet out his response.

"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!"

What Are Their Options?

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Back in January, the Evening Standard reported that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "agreed the country fund half of the $1.3 million in estimated security costs, but he has said the conversations are tentative."

Harry and Meghan expressed their desire to become largely financially independent -- moving to Los Angeles, a good base for Meghan's potential return to Hollywood, could be part of that -- but that could prove more difficult than the couple initially anticipated. Cutting the Crown's purse strings is going to be a challenge to say the least.

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