One of Canada's biggest newspapers said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not welcome

  • One of Canada’s biggest newspapers, The Globe and Mail, published a scathing opinion piece on Monday arguing that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not welcome to stay permanently in Canada.
  • The newspaper’s editorial board argued that their presence in Canada would break an “unspoken constitutional taboo.”
  • The duke and duchess’ security detail could also cost millions of taxpayer dollars.
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As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare to leave the royal family and split their time between the UK and Canada, one of Canada’s largest newspapers offered a strong opinion: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not welcome.

“You are welcome to visit, but so long as you are senior royals, Canada cannot allow you to come to stay,” The Globe and Mail said in an editorial published Monday.

The scathing opinion piece argued that their residency would break “an unspoken constitutional taboo.”

Canada was an amalgamation of British colonies until it became an independent country in 1931 after years of pushing for sovereignty from the UK. For this reason, the newspaper’s editorial-page editor, Tony Keller, argued that housing royals from the country’s former colonizer would be infringing on Canada’s current system.

“In Britain, the monarch reigns but does not rule. In Canada, the monarch neither rules nor resides. She’s a virtual monarch,” Keller told Insider. “The ‘Crown’ is just an idea, but for the Canadian system of government, it’s a very real and even necessary idea.”

Queen Elizabeth II has a representative in Canada, known as the governor-general, who performs largely ceremonial duties.

Queen Elizabeth II canada tourJohn Stillwell – Pool/Getty ImagesQueen Elizabeth II inspects an honour guard outside the Canadian Parliament in 2010.

The Globe and Mail’s editorial added: “If they were ordinary private citizens, plain old Harry and Meghan from Sussex, they would be welcome. But this country’s unique monarchy, and its delicate yet essential place in our constitutional system, means that a royal resident – the Prince is sixth in the line of succession – is not something that Canada can allow.”

It could be expensive to let Harry and Meghan stay in Canada

While the newspaper’s editorial board argued that the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Canada would be an affront to the country’s government, officials and citizens have said they’re primarily concerned with the costs associated with hosting the royals.

The Canadian government may have legal obligations to provide personal security for the couple, which could cost taxpayers millions of dollars a year, security experts told Reuters.

And a sampling of The Globe and Mail’s From the Comments section, which highlights the thoughts and contributions of readers, indicated that Canadian citizens are not in favour of footing the bill.

Meghan harry canada houseChris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty ImagesHarry and Meghan Markle at Canada House in London.

“If the Windsors want to live in Canada, paying their own way, and paying taxes like the rest of us, I am fine with that,” one comment said. “If they propose to freeload on the Canadian taxpayer, then no thanks. I see no need to subsidise the royal soap opera.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has suggested the government would play “some role” in the royals’ move, but it’s unclear whether that would include their security detail. A former royal bodyguard told Insider that keeping the couple safe could prove difficult.

But if Harry and Markle were to abdicate their titles and apply for residency or citizenship as “regular folks,” Keller said, there would be “no problem whatsoever.”

“They’re welcome to apply and get in line,” Keller told Insider. He added that if the couple were to become Canadian citizens, they would be required to vow allegiance to the “Queen of Canada” – also known as Harry’s grandmother.

While the editorial was sympathetic to the couple’s woes, Keller made it clear that while they are welcome to visit, they are not welcome to stay.

“The Sussexes are working out their own personal issues, and Canadians wish them the best of luck,” the editorial said. “Canada welcomes people of all faiths, nationalities and races, but if you’re a senior member of our Royal Family, this country cannot become your home.”

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