The media, social and otherwise, have been abuzz with the latest from Britain’s royal family. The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry’s recent decision to “distance” himself and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex from the royal family has been met with a barrage of opinions.
These range from outright disgust at the couple’s apparent disrespect for the traditions of Buckingham Palace and the Monarchy to those who fully support the couple and their wee one. Here in Canada, where rumour has it, they will take up at least temporary residence, there is a very pragmatic angle as well as thoughts on the split: who is going to pay for this celebrity couple’s security.
Even if they cease carrying-out royal duties, they will never be just the folks next door. Given Harry’s pedigree and Meghan’s celebrity, they will, like it or not, always be in the public eye to some extent. I realize it will not be the same as the bubble in which royals live, but Harry still won’t be able to stroll down to the corner store for milk and bread without drawing a crowd. And crowds mean crowd control, which is not free.
In my humble opinion, and I am no monarchist, as long Canada continues to recognize the Queen as head of state, and remains a member of the Commonwealth, we are “on the hook” for security costs, even for royals who have “stepped back”.
However, as we learned in The Princess and the Pea, there are great dangers when jumping to conclusions without all the facts. Let’s see how this all plays out.