Saturday, December 4

Prince Harry all set to go to Vancouver



Prince Harry is preparing to join his wife Meghan and baby Archie in Canada at the end of the week following a constructive summit on the young family’s future within the monarchy.

They are believed to be staying at the $14 million mansion on Vancouver Island where the family spent their extended Christmas break.

It has been reported that the waterfront home is owned by Hollywood mogul Frank Giustra, although he has denied this.

It came as Justin Trudeau offered his support to Harry and Meghan and said most Canadians would welcome the couple making their home there.

The Canadian Prime Minister said there were still lots of discussions to have but backed the couple’s wish to spend much of their time in the Commonwealth country, where Harry’s grandmother the Queen is the country’s head of state.

His positive comments came after the Evening Standard revealed that he had privately assured the Queen that the Canadian taxpayer would cover security costs so that the family’s safety would not be jeopardised .

Mr Trudeau said: 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.

He added: 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.

We are obviously supportive of their reflections but have responsibilities in that as well. We’re not entirely sure what the final decisions will be, what the dispositions are and those are decisions for them.

Some commentators suggested that the fact that the Queen did not refer to the couple as the duke and duchess in her statement suggests they could be stripped of the title she gave them and their HRH titles.

But a senior source told the Standard: That’s not the case. The emphasis was on family, hence the informal tone.

The Queen states that they are still royals and they will be valued in the family as they become a more independent couple.

It has been suggested that Harry spent some time alone with the Queen before his father and brother arrived.

Her statement, released after the meeting concluded, said: My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.

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 also emphasised that the couple do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. This means Prince Charles will initially fund his son and family, but he is understood to have made it clear that he will not offer a blank cheque.

He has already been supporting his son, as the Standard revealed, to the tune of millions from the profits of his Duchy of Cornwall estate as well as his private investments.