JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A RATHER LIGHT AND FLUFFY SUBJECT BUT ONE TOUCHING SOME IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES – MEGHAN AND HARRY COMING TO LIVE IN CANADA – CANADA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH BRITAIN AND THE CROWN’S ROLE IN CANADA’S GOVERNMENT – NO ROOM FOR RESIDENT ROYALS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT ON MEGHAN AND HARRY COMING TO LIVE IN CANADA

 

I tend to agree with a good part of an editorial view published in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper about Meghan and Harry and their plans for living in Canada.

Canada has no aristocracy, and while it retains an attachment to the British Crown, as do a number of Commonwealth countries, the attachment is rather special in nature, involving no resident royalty. The country’s Governor-General, who represents the Crown, is always a Canadian appointed for a limited term.

There is also something almost demeaning in the notion that a Prince and a Duchess without enough to do back home can be shipped off to Canada until everyone figures out what their future roles are going to be.

And that does appear to be the couple’s situation, that they wanted for some time different kinds of duties than the ones they were doing, ones opening them to less press criticism, which I believe is especially upsetting to Meghan’s fairly volatile personality, and nothing yet has happened.

Meghan and Harry, as private citizens, would be welcome.

As Royals, they might be welcome for a formal tour or visit.

But they are not welcome coming to live as Royals, either as full-time Royals trying to figure out their future roles or coming under some kind of confusing concept such as part-time Royals.

It is rather patronizing that two highly privileged people think they can now both retain their privileges and live as private people, doing so in a country of which neither is a citizen.

And a great many Canadians would agree that a half-million dollar a year bill for security is completely out of order.

The very fact that they intend to try seems to me a confession of the confusion I have always associated with Harry, a man who has long appeared to have inherited his mother’s unbalanced psychological tendencies, which, despite her charm and beauty, were evident from many reports and anecdotes. They were the very tendencies that drove her to her death. Diana’s family, the Spencers, has a history.

Harry’s record of unbalanced behavior is briefly highlighted here with images:

https://chuckmangrotesques.blogspot.com/2013/01/harry-is-prince-mad-he-does-have.html

NOTE ON FURTHER DEVELOPMENT

“Prince Harry and Meghan will give up royal titles, public funding
“Statement from Buckingham Palace says Sussexes also want to repay cost of Frogmore Cottage refurbishment”

If the report is accurate, and they give up the titles and public money, that settles my issues for residence in Canada.

The matter of security costs is unclear, but Canadians should not be paying them.

The couple already is being granted many privileges. For instance, they did not have to go through the same process other would-be immigrants must go through. They are being allowed to gracefully jump the queue.

I am glad they are going to repay the Queen for Frogmore Cottage.

She gave that charming place to them as a gift, and just before all this business about quitting broke, the Queen was apparently unhappily surprised to learn they had spent a few million, and not from their own funds, on renovations.

The costly renovations not long before leaving do further suggest issues of judgment and stability.

Posted January 17, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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