Typical millennials. It’s all about them, isn’t it? You can almost hear the Queen and Prince Charles grinding their teeth about the shock decision by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to pursue a new and as-yet-undefined semi-detached status from the royal family.
Their loss, though, looks to be our gain. Harry and Meghan say they plan to “step back” as senior members of The Firm (as Prince Philip famously labeled the royal enterprise) and split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
They didn’t actually specify Canada, but that seems almost a foregone conclusion. Harry, after all, says he still wants to play a role in the Commonwealth, so that’s a big point in our favor. You can’t really do “Commonwealth” in New York or L.A. And Meghan lived in the lovely Seaton Village neighborhood of Toronto while starring in “Suits.”
Not only that, but the Duke and Duchess spent the holidays with their baby son Archie at a secluded estate in the Victoria suburb of North Saanich, another lovely spot, and reports are she’s back there now. It all adds up.
So come on over, Harry and Meghan. We’d love to have you.
Elements of the British press, which effectively hounded the Sussexes out of Britain, are griping about Harry and Meghan supposedly shirking their royal duty. Royal life, they argue, is all about service. Service cushioned by vast wealth and unsurpassed privilege, certainly, but service nonetheless. When things get rough, goes this line, the royals just buckle down and get on with it.
— Toronto Star
What rubbish. “The Crown” is great entertainment, but it also makes crystal clear the human cost inflicted on the minor royals by being trapped in supporting roles in the monarchical drama. Witness the pathetic spectacle of Princess Margaret, the useless “spare” drowning her sorrows in gin. And the current tribulations of the wretched Prince Andrew.
Harry and Meghan: Congratulations for refusing to accept that as your inevitable fate. Well done for breaking the mold and declaring your independence, sort of.
Sure, you might have given the Queen and Prince Charles a heads up before announcing it all on Instagram. That would have been polite. But in the overall scheme of things, it’s a detail.
There’s so much to work out. What exactly does “step back” mean? How are the Duke and Duchess going to become financially independent while retaining a measure of royal dignity? What about security? Where in the end are they going to live?
It’s just got to be Canada. At this point our hopes are up. This country has so many wonderful things to offer. But, let’s face it, we’re a bit short in the glamour department. A bit of the Sussexes, even part time, could be just what we need.
We don’t want to seem too eager. But it’s hard. Postmedia rushed out to take a poll on the matter, and found that 60% of Canadians already would like to see Prince Harry take the place of Julie Payette as governor-general. Younger Canadians, aged 18-34, are even more supportive.
— Toronto Star