Tuesday, January 14, 2020

I for one welcome our new Sussex Royal overlords 

Well, I'm not exactly giddy, but I am excited.  I think it will be great if Harry and Meghan and little Archie moved to Canada.
Their webpage is beautiful, very well done, and explains their overall intentions.
Full Disclosure: I did meet the Queen once, when I was a reporter at a Victoria newspaper and I got to cover a Royal Visit there. And I attended a press reception on the Royal Yacht Britannia - which sort of dates me, doesn't it, since the yacht has been decommissioned for 20 years.
Anyway, getting back to today's news, I notice Canadian twitter is combining some pro-monarchy enthusiasm with some bitching about how expensive it would be for Canada to pay for RCMP protection.

Though actually, I think most of the "Canada is furious!" coverage is coming from the same British tabs that drove the Sussex Royals out in the first place, so they don't have any credibility when they write about how angry we supposedly are.
My feeling is, we already pay for RCMP protection for a lot of other ceremonial positions -- the Governor General and all the Lieutenant-Governors, not to mention the Canadian Senate - so what's another Royal Highness or two between friends. I expect the Canadian government will work out a deal with the Brits sooner rather than later on this. Isn't Mark Carney still running the Bank of England? Maybe he can cut us a cheque.
The thing that is really making me laugh is how angry the racist British tabloids are now about losing Megan as their target of bile -- they're already ramping up the criticism of William and Kate, but their hearts aren't really in it. They really loved bashing every single thing that Meghan did or didn't do. and they were salivating to start in on Archie as soon as they could start comparing him to angelic George and winsome Charlotte and adorable Louis.
Seeing how bad their Meghan-as-Monster coverage was, its no wonder Harry was furious - and the rest of the family should have spoken up in Meghan's defense much louder and more vigorously - I suspect they other royals thought mere dignity would eventually deflect them (a mistake Trump opponents make all the time, too) or they were secretly relieved that she was the target rather than them. They could have demanded changes to that Royal Rota system years ago.
Now, the next time the Raptors are in the NBA finals, I suspect Harry will be joining Obama at the arena. Won't that be fun?
But leave it to The Beaverton to have the last word:

Update: Here's a good one too:

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Well, the British papers uniformly dunned Corbyn as an anti-Semite and thus enabled a sociopath to be elected as PM. No wonder Harry wants out. I was born in England and cannot believe the BS that the place has become. It took five years back in the early '60s before even a Brit immigrant could apply to be a Canadian citizen, and then you recite a pledge of allegiance to the Queen, which was superfluous in my family's case and cause of much mirth even for the County Registrar in those days before Citizenship Court.

As for Harry and Meghan, meh. The New York Times World knows bugger all about Canada, like all Americans. They have no idea we have right wing governments in most provinces and call us socialists. Just as uninformed as in my youth. Standing in the lineup at Expo 67 venues, Americans complained of the heat, only 50 miles from the US border and clueless about climate or geography. So who cares what they think? I don't.

In my out and abouting this past weekend, not a soul brought up Harry and Meghan. I suppose if they decide to move here, it'll be like Conrad Black back from prison. Moved to the front of the immigration lineup and throw away the rulebook. Special treatment all the way while dumb as hedgehog Brit paparazzi haunt their new backyard for candid shots to emblazon on the front pages of the Sun and the Mirror.



By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:45 am  

My own feeling is that the tabs won't bother to stalk Harry and Meghan anymore - they are too cheap to send anyone here over on a regular basis. I hope the Royals will quietly disappear into a quiet Canadian life in some upscale gated neighbourhood, while Meghan supports the family doing Disney voiceovers and American TV guestshots.

By Blogger Cathie from Canada, at 9:04 am  

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