Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail slams Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s
Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail slams Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s living plans in furious editorial
Harry and Meghan’s plans to reside in Canada have been lampooned in a furious editorial from one of the country’s largest newspapers.
The scathing piece mounted an all out attack on the pair’s proposed North America move – encouraging the nation’s prime minister Justin Trudeau to tell them they are not welcome to stay while they are royals.
The Globe and Mail critiqued the suggestion of residence as breaking an “unspoken constitutional taboo”, stating: “You are welcome to visit, but so long as you are senior royals, Canada cannot allow you to come to stay.”
In their bombshell announcement to stand down as senior royals, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they hoped to split their living between North America and the UK.
They spent the Christmas period in Canada, while Meghan has since returned there and is staying in Vancouver Island with their son Archie.
The Globe and Mail’s piece however said that royalty living in the country “does not accord with the long-standing nature of the relationship between Canada and Britain, and Canada and the Crown”.
It stated that while the Queen is the country’s monarch, she and the monarchy “neither rules nor resides”, adding: “They reign from a distance. Close to our hearts, far from our hearths.”
The country appreciates the visits from royals, it said, though added it wanted their trips to the nation to be no more than that.
“Canadians like their monarchy, and visits by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family tend to produce outpourings of public enthusiasm,” it added.
“But while the people who embody the Crown pay visits from time to time, they don’t set up a home on the premises. A royal living in this country does not accord with the long-standing nature of the relationship between Canada and Britain, and Canada and the Crown.”
It rallied on the Canadian government to push back against the plans, concluding: “The government should make that clear. There can be no Earl Sussex of Rosedale and no Prince Harry of Point Grey. Canada is not a halfway house for anyone looking to get out of Britain while remaining a royal.”
It comes as images emerged of Meghan visiting two charities during her time in Canada, while Harry is set to conduct his first public engagement since the pair announced their plans.
The duke is set to remain in the UK into next week, despite rumours claiming he was preparing to fly to Canada to be reunited with Meghan and baby son Archie, while the Queen has agreed to the couple’s wish step back as senior royals.