The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made clear their plans to split their time between the UK and North America, with the Queen confirming in a statement yesterday that she intends to support their decision to spend at least some of their time in Canada. And now, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau has spoken out about the news.
Trudeau expressed support for the couple's plans to move, but stressed that there were still decisions to be made regarding how much the country would be able to support the royal family financially.
The prime minister told Global News that most Canadians were "very supportive" of having the royals living in their country, but that "there are still lots of discussions to have over how that looks and what kind of costs are involved".
The duchess is currently residing in Canada, having flown out shortly after the couple made their bombshell announcement last Wednesday. She is reportedly there with their young son Archie and the couple's two dogs. Harry, meanwhile, is in the UK taking part in discussions with his family in an effort to come to an agreement about what their new, less senior roles in the royal family will look like. The duke took part in an emergency summit at Sandringham yesterday with his brother, father and grandmother, where the group worked towards a decision.
"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," read the statement shared via The Royal Family's social media channels yesterday evening. "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."
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