EDITORIAL: Canadians support the royals -- up to a point

Royal memorabilia featuring Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is displayed for sale in a store near Buckingham Palace in London on Jan. 10, 2020. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

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For once, our rather celebrity-lacking news industry in Canada has got a taste of how they do things across the pond in the United Kingdom with their non-stop royal watching.

With that, the coming days will show that Canadians do have a great deal of support for the Royal Family. They’ll also show that such support is not without limits.

On Monday, coverage of the Royal Family in Canada hit a fever pitch after the Queen issued a rare statement on the future of the royals.

This came after Prince Harry and his wife, actress Meghan Markle — formally known as The Duke and Duchess of Sussex — announced that they would “step back” as senior royals, become financially independent and perhaps even move to Canada.

Markle is here right now with baby Archie.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” the Queen’s statement read. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

The Queen added that “there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K.”

We welcome Harry and Meghan to spend time in Canada, even extended periods of time. As a member of the Commonwealth, Canada should be pleased to open its doors to the royals. Our relationship with the Crown is an important one with deep roots.

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But Canadians have their concerns about what this means. The news that taxpayers could be on the hook for over $1 million in annual security costs didn’t go over well. We share these concerns.

We understand that the idea of living a normal life in this great country is appealing to the Sussexes, it’s also not practical.

Such a move wouldn’t be as simple as packing a few boxes. Formal measures would have to be undertaken. Discussions would need to take place.

The Prime Minister’s Office has so far been tight-lipped on what all of this means.

We wish the Sussexes well. But we want to hear the full plan before we sign on.

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