Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will live part time in Canada, and they have the green light from Queen Elizabeth.
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” the Queen said in a statement.
“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.”
A statement from Her Majesty The Queen. https://t.co/IVSyfeojqk— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 13, 2020
Tony Keene, chair of the Barrie Huronia branch of the Monarchist League of Canada is overjoyed.
He says there are two points to be taken away from the Queen’s statement.
“One as the royal family as an institution and the other is a family–lower case–as people.”
In the statement, the Queen said the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K. during a period of transition.
The Queen held discussions with family members today to sort out the wishes of Harry and Meghan, talks some have dubbed “Megxit.” The meeting was attended by Princes Charles, Harry and William, while Meghan reportedly called in from Canada where she is with her son.
“These are two people who are raising a child,” says Keene. “They have been under tremendous pressure and tremendous scrutiny. They have made a decision which is in their best interests, they believe, and the best interests of their child, and I think everyone needs to respect that.”
No details were released following the meeting about the roles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following their bombshell announcement last week. The couple said they would step back as “senior” royals and work to become financially independent.
Keene says the Royal Family is often referred to as the firm, that it would be like a company or business concerns. He does see some parallels.
“There are parallels with dynasties in the industrial world, where children have been expected to carry on the same business that their parents carried on. There are some that do and some who say no, they don’t want to become the next president of the corporation, and they want to go on with their own life.”
Keene calls the couple’s decision a good news story.
As for Harry and Meghan living off some of the taxpayers dime, Keene says in the area of security, he believes it behooves Canada to make sure that initially they and their child are kept safe.
He also points out that Canadians pay nothing towards the royal family outside of Canada and the only expenses come when a member of the royal family is on a state visit. Keene says nearly all visits by other members of the royal family are not official and many of those things are paid for by private money.
The example Keene points to is a visit to Canada by Princess Anne, the Queen’s daughter, in 2013, which also included a stop in Barrie. Keene says the cost was privately fundraised.
As for where Harry and Meghan will live in Canada, Keene has no idea, though he says the couple enjoyed their six week stay in British Columbia most recently, and Meghan spent a number of years living in Toronto while filming the TV show “Suits.”
“It’s a good news story. The fact they have chosen to come to Canada, a country for which they have expressed great admiration, is a feather in our cap.”