DONALD TRUMP has insisted that the US will not be funding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's security costs now that the couple are living state-side.
The President took to twitter to stress that "they must pay" for whatever measures are needed to keep the Prince and his family safe.
"I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom," Trump wrote.
"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!"
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
The tweet came just a few days after reports emerged that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been house hunting in California.
However, in the days since Trump's tweet, sources close to Harry and Meghan say that the couple always intended to privately fund their security costs, and were never looking for the US government to front the bill.
Since the couple's infamous and dramatic exit from royal life earlier in the year, much has been debated about where the couple's money should be coming from.
UK taxpayers, frustrated that their money is paying for comforts for two members of the Royal Family who have stepped away from all their royal duties, haven't taken too kindly to the idea of covering the costs.
Nor have Canada, where the couple initially moved to after 'Mexit'.
But now it seems they've upped sticks once again, this time moving south of the border to America, a country where Markle - once upon a time - swore never to live in while Donald Trump was in the White House.
I guess one can understand the President's reluctance to open up his wallet to them.