How a B.C. community is helping protect Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's privacy

By Zach Harper

North Saanich, B.C. residents are reportedly not putting up with press intrusion into Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's lives.

Since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and little Archie moved to the Vancouver Island town, located just north of the provincial capital of Victoria, there has, unsurprisingly, been a surge of interest into what they've been doing there. That's resulted in a flurry of media descending on the town.

A source told Entertainment Tonight many reporters have been visiting local businesses, asking for information. The source said this started getting in the way of the shops actually doing business, so several establishments have put up signs saying the media are not welcome.

Meanwhile, there are reports Harry and Meghan have increased their security at the home, where they also spent some of their extended break from royal duties last year. TMZ states a new security camera has been installed on the beachfront outside their home, and a tarp has been placed between two trees, with another on the entrance gate and a "No Trespassing" sign on it as well.

After the Sussexes stepped down from their senior royal roles last month, Harry addressed their decision in a speech at a fundraiser for his Sentebale charity on Jan. 19.

"What I want to make clear is we're not walking away, and we certainly aren't walking away from you," he said. "Our hope is to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible.

"I've accepted this, knowing that it doesn't change who I am or how committed I am. But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life."

We're glad North Saanich residents are rallying around the Sussexes and doing everything possible to help them do just that – maintain a peaceful, private life and uphold their privacy.

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