Harry starts new life with Meghan in Canada

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VAN­COU­VER: Prince Harry was spend­ing the first full day of his new life in Canada yes­ter­day af­ter jet­ting in from Bri­tain to join his wife Meghan fol­low­ing their shock exit from their royal roles. Harry, 35, landed at Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port on a Bri­tish Air­ways flight from Lon­don Heathrow shortly af­ter 7:00 pm on Mon­day. He then took a con­nect­ing flight to Vic­to­ria on Van­cou­ver Is­land, where he and Meghan have tem­po­rar­ily set up a home from home, hav­ing spent six weeks on the Pa­cific west coast over Christ­mas with their baby son Archie.

Bri­tish news­pa­pers pub­lished pictures of Harry, es­corted by security, de­scend­ing from the plane wear­ing a beanie hat and jeans with a bag slung over his shoul­der. Meghan, 38, was ear­lier spot­ted with Archie tak­ing their dogs for a walk in the neigh­bor­hood. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal re­ports, the cou­ple are look­ing to buy a beach­side house in Van­cou­ver, or pos­si­bly in Toronto, where US for­mer tele­vi­sion ac­tress Meghan spent sev­eral years while act­ing in the le­gal drama se­ries “Suits”. Like Bri­tain, Canada is a Com­mon­wealth realm, mean­ing Harry’s grand­mother Queen El­iz­a­beth II is the head of state.

Harry and Meghan are bow­ing out en­tirely from rep­re­sent­ing the monar­chy, in a cri­sis that has shaken the cen­turies-old in­sti­tu­tion. The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex openly said they have strug­gled in the spotlight since their wed­ding in May 2018, and were seek­ing to step back as front­line roy­als. Harry said Sun­day that they did not want to quit their royal du­ties but re­luc­tantly ac­cepted there was “no other op­tion” if they wanted to cut loose from pub­lic funding and seek their own in­come in pur­suit of a more in­de­pen­dent life.

On Mon­day, Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, at­tended the UK-Africa In­vest­ment Sum­mit in Lon­don. He seemed in good spir­its as he met the pres­i­dents of Malawi and Mozam­bique, and the Moroc­can prime min­is­ter. He also had an in­for­mal 20-minute pri­vate meet­ing with Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son, who hosted the event - which might be one of the prince’s fi­nal en­gage­ments as a work­ing royal.

Un­der their new ar­range­ment, the Sus­sexes are free to earn their own com­mer­cial in­come - but can no longer rep­re­sent Queen El­iz­a­beth or be re­ferred to as their royal high­nesses, and must re­pay tax­pay­ers’ money spent on their UK home. They will no longer re­ceive pub­lic money - though 95 per­cent of their an­nual funding comes from his fa­ther Prince Charles’ hered­i­tary es­tate for the heir to the throne. To what ex­tent that will con­tinue, and who will cover their security bill - cur­rently met by the Bri­tish po­lice - re­mains to be seen.

The cou­ple in­tend to raise their own in­come streams. They have launched their new Sus­sex Royal web­site and trade­marked the name. How­ever, Queen El­iz­a­beth’s se­nior ad­vi­sor on her­aldry sug­gested they should not be al­lowed to use the royal moniker, hav­ing re­lin­quished their pub­lic du­ties. — AFP

LON­DON: Bri­tain’s Prince Harry (left) talks with Bri­tain’s Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son dur­ing a bi­lat­eral meet­ing at the UK-Africa In­vest­ment Sum­mit on Mon­day. — AFP

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