Left Turn wrote:
It comes across to me as though the Queen isn't happy about Meghan and Harry wanting to reduce the number of public events they attend in an official capacity as members of the Royal Family.
I agree, but if the Queen and Prince Charles and Duke William don't like publicity then they should have simply supported Harry and Meghan's desire to step back from full-time senior royals to play a role that allows them more freedom to travel and to pursue individual goals. It isn't an unreasonable desire especially given the nastiness of the tabloids which apparently are very different even from the US. Even without that there is no reason their lives should be so closely managed by others.
They are splitting their time not moving here full-time. The Governor General is appointed by the Prime Minister and it is a limited term so William could eventually be fired and we would need a full-time GG. We certainly don't need a King of Canada.
As things stand the GG is basically a rubber stamp with residual powers that could be used under extreme circumstances. For the most part it is a ceremonial position many would like to eliminate. We don't because it would be complicated because we don't want both a PM and a President. Given that it is purely ceremonial we leave it alone.
They don't need "jobs" to work and they don't need to work although they want to. Meghan is a feminist with a strong interest and involvement with women's organizations. It's commendable that she is helping these organizations gain more recognition.
Like it or not they have already burnished Canada's reputation on the world stange by choosing to be here part-time. It probably does have a monetary benefit that would be difficult to calculate.
They (and William/Kate) have trademarked a list of categories of products.
William and Harry personally inherited from Diana and Prince Charles has a huge personal income from the Duchy of Cornwall.
They are refusing income from the sovereign fund which comes from taxpayers.
The senior royal family is personally extremely wealthy. Imagine how quickly you could become wealthy if the country were covering the cost of your homes, servants, and living expenses.
The writing has been on the wall for royals for centuries. I have no doubt at all that they have protected themselves financially through diverse investments.