One of Canada’s biggest newspapers has slammed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back as senior royals and spend some of the year in the North American country, saying the country “cannot become (their) home”.
According to an editorial in The Globe and Mail, Harry and Meghan’s decision would impinge upon the “Canadian monarchy”.
“Our royals don’t live here.
"They reign from a distance,” the editorial says.
“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.
“This country’s unique monarchy, and its delicate yet essential place in our constitutional system, means that a royal resident … is not something that Canada can allow.”
The editorial went on to stress Canada’s place in the Commonwealth as an “equal, independent nation” to Britain and urged the Canadian government to deny residence to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“The concept of the Crown is at the centre of the Canadian system of government.
“But though Canada borrowed from Britain, it isn’t Britain and never was.
"And this country long ago took steps to make that unmistakably clear.
“Canada is not a halfway house for anyone looking to get out of Britain while remaining a royal.
"In response to the sudden announcement of a vague and evolving plan for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to move to Canada while remaining part of the royal family, the Trudeau government’s response should be simple and succinct: No.”
The Canadian prime minister said his government had not been involved in Harry and Meghan's arrangements before they announced they would split their time between the UK and North America.
Justin Trudeau told Canada’s Global News: There are still a lot of decisions to be taken by the royal family, by the Sussexes themselves, as to what level of engagement they choose to have."
He added: "We are not entirely sure what the final decisions will be. I think most Canadians are very supportive of having royals here, but how that looks and what kind of cost is involved, there are still lots of discussions to be had."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not in the UK for Christmas, instead choosing to celebrate Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s first festive season in Canada with the duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland.
Harry and Meghan's decision to spend Christmas away from Sandringham followed claims of a rift, first between Meghan and Kate, which appeared to have been been quashed as they arrived together at last year’s service, and then between Harry and brother William.