In a statement, the queen said she will allow the couple to move part-time to the North American country. “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,” she wrote. “It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K.”
Recently, the family of three spent extended time off in the Vancouver area. It’s been reported that, while Prince Harry is in the United Kingdom for talks about his and Meghan’s future, the duchess is there with their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Will they stay in Vancouver? Perhaps. But another likely place for the couple is Toronto. The duchess lived there while working as an actress on Suits, and has many friends in the city. Also, with the nickname of “Hollywood North”—in late 2020 it will debut a 400,000-square-foot studio complex, and each year the city plays host to one of the industry’s most important film festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival—it’s a place with professional possibilities for the couple, who wish to become financially independent. If Meghan wants to return to show business, or Harry—who is cocreating an Apple TV+ series with Oprah Winfrey—wants to dive in further, they can do so.
Plus, the country will be happy to have them: “Come to Canada, where you belong,” read a recent headline in the Toronto Star.
No matter where they settle, this is for certain: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie are officially (part-time) expats—a rarity in the royal family.