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Trump says US will not pay for Prince Harry and Meghan’s security

FILE - In this Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020 file photo Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after visiting Canada House in London after their recent stay in Canada. In a stunning declaration, Britain's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, said they are planning "to step back" as senior members of the royal family and "work to become financially independent." A statement issued by the couple Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 also said they intend to "balance" their time between the U.K. and North America. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

(CNN) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States would not pay to protect Prince Harry and his wife Meghan if they move to the U.S., but the Duke and Duchess say they’re not asking for any help.

“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!” Trump tweeted.

But a Sussex spokesperson said in a statement to CNN on Sunday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the US government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made.

In January, Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step back from royal life and become “financially independent,” sharing their desire to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution” in an Instagram post.

They also said they planned to relocate to Canada on a part-time basis. While there, Canada has assisted the couple with security arrangements. However, those arrangements are set to end on March 31, when they officially bow out as senior royals.

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