Trudeau mum on Sussexes’ security costs as Harry returns to Greater Victoria

A crowd of journalists was waiting to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry when he arrived at Victoria International Airport on Monday night.

Within hours, international media outlets were reporting that lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had sent warnings to media over images they say were taken by paparazzi “hiding in the bushes and spying.”

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The photos, which were published by some British outlets, show Meghan walking in a park with eight-month-old Archie and two dogs. She appears to have two bodyguards with her.

CHEK News reported seeing crews from Japan and the American CBS network at Horth Hill park on Tuesday. The duke and duchess were spotted there several times over the holidays.

Harry’s arrival comes after an announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday that the prince and his wife will give up public funding and try to become financially independent. They plan to split their time between Britain and Canada.

Harry, Meghan and their son spent the holiday season in North Saanich, but it’s unclear where in Canada they will settle.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has refused to say who will cover security costs for Prince Harry and his family while they are in Canada.

Trudeau said Tuesday in Winnipeg that discussions on the matter were ongoing, adding he had not spoken to the Queen about it.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, the cabinet member responsible for the RCMP, said Tuesday an assessment of the security needs for the family was underway, “but that has not yet been resolved.”

Video from Sky News shows Harry disembarking a WestJet flight at Victoria International Airport late Monday.

—With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press

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