Justin Trudeau has thrown his support behind Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry moving to Canada as part of their "period of transition" from their senior royal roles, but says there are "still a lot of decisions" to be made about how that looks.
In an interview with Global News, the prime minister confirmed the federal government "will play some role” in the Sussexes’ move to our country, but also says nothing has been determined as to who will handle or pay for the couple's security.
"That is part of the reflection that needs to be had, and there are discussions going on,” Justin said. “We're not entirely sure what the final decisions will be, what the dispositions are and those are decisions for them. I think most Canadians are very supportive of having royals be here, but how that looks and what kind of costs are involved, there are still lots of discussions to have."
As for what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be doing here, the prime minister says that still has not been determined, but says Canadians have a "general feeling of appreciation" for Harry and Meghan. Indeed, the causes the couple support fit well with Canada and the Commonwealth's strong tradition of advancing human rights, so there's a lot they could do here.
"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," Justin continued. "We are obviously supportive of their reflections, but have responsibilities in that as well."
On Jan. 13, the Queen released a statement following talks at Sandringham that involved Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles. In it, she struck a deeply personal tone, referring to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as "Harry and Meghan" and Harry as "my grandson."
She said she and her family supported the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step down from their senior royal roles. Her Majesty also said she had agreed to a “period of transition” for the couple, which they would spend in Canada and the United Kingdom.
When Harry and Meghan announced their major news, they said they wished to become “financially independent.” They also said they would divide their time between North America and the UK so Archie would have knowledge of his royal background and they would be able to move into this next phase of their lives.
The Sussexes have long loved Canada. It’s where their romance blossomed before they became engaged, since Meghan lived in Toronto for seven years while she was a cast member of Suits. It is also the site of Harry’s first overseas tour, which royals fans will fondly remember from photos taken with the late Princess Diana and William at Niagara Falls in 1991.
The couple love our country so much that they spent part of their six-week break from royal duties here, reportedly staying on Vancouver Island in a home near North Saanich, just north of British Columbia’s capital, Victoria. There were reports their dogs had been with them during the stay.
More still needs to be determined with regards to what the Sussexes’ future looks like, but Her Majesty also said she wishes to settle the matter in days, not weeks.