Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spent six weeks over Christmas in Canada with their baby son, and the family will be spending much more time in the country in the future. Express.co.uk spoke to a Commonwealth expert, to find out what kind of role Prince Harry will have when he makes the move from the UK.
When Harry and Meghan announced their plans to “step back” earlier this month, the pair said via Instagram they also hoped to continue serving the Queen.
However in a speech last week, Prince Harry said he had hoped to do this without public funding, but “unfortunately, that wasn’t possible”.
Nevertheless, Prince Harry has pledged to dedicate his life “to supporting the causes, charities and military communities” which are important to him.
But there has been some speculation over whether Harry or Meghan will serve in any sort of official capacity for the Royal Family while living in Canada.
A Governor General, who is appointed by the Queen, represents the monarch in an independent realm which is also part of the Commonwealth.
A Postmedia poll in Canada, which surveyed 1,515 Canadians, found more than 60 percent of Canadians would support the appointment of Prince Harry to the role of Governor General.
But could the Queen ever grant the position to her grandson?
Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, told Express.co.uk he thought Harry and Meghan may find it “difficult” to assume a royal role in the country.
He added: “There’s a sense that actually effectively the head of state, although not officially, is the Governor General.
“The Governor General performs the functions of the crown and represents the Queen and increasingly now represents Canada abroad, and that the lieutenant governors in the Canadian provinces also represent the Queen.
“It’s not clear what the role would be for a semi detached royal, and it’s potentially rather disruptive.”
He added: “In effect the constitution is a properly Canadian one, it just happens to have the notion of the crown at its head.”
As Prince Harry will no longer be considered a ‘working’ member of the Royal Family, he will lose his official military titles, including Captain General of the Royal Marines.
Both Harry and Meghan are expected to continue to support the causes close to their hearts.
Although it remains to be seen whether Harry will be given a role in connection to the Royal Family, the Queen has emphasised how Harry, Meghan and Archie “will always be much loved” members of the Royal Family.
In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, the Queen said: “I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
“I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.”
Published at Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:18:00 +0000