Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced after “many months of reflection and internal discussions” they would be stepping back from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family. The couple plan to split their team between Britain, the US and Canada as they forge a “progressive new role” within the institutions, however questions have been raised over funding as the Sussexes said they want to be “financially independent”. Journalist Carole Malone told Sky’s The Pledge that the pair did not “understand the concept” of financial independence, and couldn’t “expect the Canadian taxpayers to foot their bills”. She also warned Canadians would not take kindly to the royals “damaging or embarrassing” the Queen.
She said: “After this week’s crisis summit at Sandringham, it looked like Harry and Meghan were getting the Cananda-style transition deal they wanted; having their cake and eating it.
“The trouble is it’s looking like Canada doesn’t want them.
“The country’s finance minister has denied reports it will foot the couple’s security bill.
“And Canada’s biggest-selling newspaper says as long as the pair remains royal, they shouldn’t be allowed to stay.”
Harry and Meghan ‘cannot expect Canadian taxpayers to foot bill’, warns Carole Malone
The couple plan to split their team between Britain, the US and Canada
Ms Malone continued: “Here’s a quote: ‘As long as you’re a member of The Royal Family, this country cannot become your home’. That’s from The Globe and Mail.
“It’s not something Canada should allow.
“What’s clear is that unlike Meghan and Harry, the Canadians respect the Queen and the institution she represents, and won’t see either damaged or embarrassed.
“Their view is ‘come here if you want to, but as plain old Meghan and Harry’.”
Journalist Carole Malone told Sky’s The Pledge that the pair did not “understand the concept”
The broadcaster added: “Deal with all the form filling, the work permits, the immigration status, just like ordinary independent people would.
“And don’t expect the Canadian taxpayers to foot your bills.
“Well, sounds good to me, but as much as they shout about wanting independence, I’m not sure this petulant, insensitive couple understand the concept.”
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The Queen issued a statement following Sandringham talks, giving her blessing to the couple: “Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.
“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.
“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
“These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”