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Trudeau stays mum on Sussexes' security costs as Harry returns to B.C.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands in front of his cabinet as he speaks to media during the final day of the Liberal cabinet retreat at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Sudoma

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands in front of his cabinet as he speaks to media during the final day of the Liberal cabinet retreat at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Sudoma

OTTAWA - 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 showed Harry landing at Victoria's airport late Monday.

FILE - In this 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. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to no longer use their HRH titles and will repay £2.4 million of taxpayer's money spent on renovating their Berkshire home, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday, Jan. 18. 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FILE - In this 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. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to no longer use their HRH titles and will repay £2.4 million of taxpayer's money spent on renovating their Berkshire home, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday, Jan. 18. 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

The prince, his wife Meghan and their eight-month-old son Archie are reportedly staying at a mansion north of the B.C. capital.

Buckingham Palace announced Saturday that the prince and his wife, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will give up public funding and try to become financially independent.

They spent the holiday season on Vancouver Island, but it's unclear where in Canada they will settle.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2020.

—With files from The Associated Press

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