Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have Queen Elizabeth's blessing, the royal couple is officially packing their bags and moving to Canada. Actually, the Duchess has reportedly been staying in Canada with baby Archie ever since the couple released their initial statement in early January — house hunting, perhaps? While the couple claims that they will "balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America," many seem to think that their goal is to spend as much time in Canada as possible, especially during Archie's younger years.
The recent news has everyone wondering if we missed something all along: Is Meghan Markle actually Canadian? In short, no. The Duchess was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, but called Canada home for six years while filming Suits. Her time on Suits ended abruptly when she met, fell in love, and later followed Prince Harry to London in 2017. During their early days as a couple, Prince Harry even visited Meghan in Toronto to attend the 2017 Invictus Games together.
The couple's big move actually makes perfect sense. Not only does one of Meghan's best friends still live in Canada, but Prince Harry also has close ties to British Commonwealth country. Since Queen Elizabeth is the current monarch and head of state of Canada, Meghan, Harry, and Archie will still pledge allegiance to Harry's grandmother, which we imagine is very important to the family. It also means the royal couple can lean on the Canadian state for security. "The Governor General, who represents the Queen in Canada, is protected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and as a prince of the realm of Canada, Harry and his family will be protected by the same team of guards, which will have to be expanded," according to the London Evening Standard.
In fact, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren't the first royals to move across the pond. Until 1952, all of Canada's Governors-General were British, including Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. During his five-year rule, he relocated to Canada along with his wife and daughter, Princess Patricia of Connaught. The Telegraph even speculates that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's move could mean that Harry is in talks to be named Canada's Governor General, ultimately carrying on the British tradition. In The National Post's poll of 1,515 Canadians, 61% say they would support the prince's new role — if offered, of course.
One thing: Even with their royal ties to Canada, Meghan and Harry still have to follow the immigration laws just like everyone else. As American and British citizens respectively, they are both allowed to spend up to six months a year as a Canadian visitor. If they want to extend their stay, they must apply for a visa. At this point in time, it's unclear how many months the couple plans to live in Canada each calendar year.
What we do know, however, is that Canada is ready to welcome the royals with open arms. Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons even publicly offered the couple a lifetime coffee supply, which, let's just say, is a sign that they made the right decision.
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