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Justin Trudeau says 'lots of discussions' still to be had about Harry and Meghan's move to Canada

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 13/01/2020 Sean Morrison, Bronwen Weatherby

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Justin Trudeau has said there are "many discussions" yet to be had about the details of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s move to Canada.

The country's prime minister said his government is "supportive" of Harry and Meghan's move but that the cost still needs to be discussed.

Mr Trudeau's remarks came after it emerged he had privately assured the Queen that Harry, Meghan and Archie would be kept safe if they chose to live there.

Speaking to Global News about the move, he said: "I think most Canadians are very supportive of having royals be here, but how that looks and what kind of costs are involved, there are still lots of discussions to have."

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie: Trudeau said he would be supportive of the couple's decisions (AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Evening Standard Trudeau said he would be supportive of the couple's decisions (AFP via Getty Images)

Mr Trudeau said there were still "a lot of decisions" to be had by the royal family and the duke and duchess regarding the "level of engagement they choose to have".

"We are obviously supportive of their reflections but have responsibilities in that as well," he said.

"We're not entirely sure what the final decisions will be."

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The Sussex's security detail bill is estimated to cost around £1 million annually, and there have been fears there would be a backlash from Canadians.

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On Monday, Prince Harry attended a summit with the Queen, his father Prince Charles and brother William on Monday at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk to discuss his and Meghan's future roles.

The Queen announced afterwards that she had agreed to a transition period "in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK".

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The "historic" crisis talks are believed to be the first time the senior royals had met since Meghan and Harry's bombshell announcement that they were stepping down from their roles as senior royals.

The couple went public with their plans against the advice of Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and the fallout has since engulfed the Windsor family, it was reported.

Gallery: Prince Harry and Meghan exit - what we know so far (Picture Services)

In an unprecedented statement released on Wednesday, the Queen was described as being "hurt" by the news.

A property, where according to British news reports Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, spent the holidays at the end of 2019, is seen amid conflicting rumors about the plans of Meghan, in North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada January 11, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Light © Thomson Reuters A property, where according to British news reports Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, spent the holidays at the end of 2019, is seen amid conflicting rumors about the plans of Meghan, in North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada January 11, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Light

However, the Queen described their crisis talks as "very constructive" and said the royal family are "entirely supportive" of the couple's plan for a new life as a young family.

The Queen said: “Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

A property, where according to British news reports Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, spent the holidays at the end of 2019, is seen amid conflicting rumors about the plans of Meghan, in North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada January 11, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Light © Thomson Reuters A property, where according to British news reports Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, spent the holidays at the end of 2019, is seen amid conflicting rumors about the plans of Meghan, in North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada January 11, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Light

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.

"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

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