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Canada’s largest newspaper says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shouldn’t move to Canada

The Globe and Mail published an editorial slamming the decision

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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle arrive for the wheelchair tennis competition during the Invictus Games in Toronto. Palace officials announced Monday Nov. 27, 2017, Prince Harry and Meghan Mar

In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Prince Harry and his then-girlfriend Meghan Markle arrive for the wheelchair tennis competition during the Invictus Games in Toronto.

Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press via Associated Press

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly moving to Canada in the wake of the royal family crisis. But Canada’s biggest newspaper argues it shouldn’t happen.

What’s going on: The Globe and Mail published an editorial this week that said the royal couple’s decision to move to Canada is a violation of the country’s constitution.

  • The editorial explains that the British monarchy rules from afar and never rules from within Canada.
  • The editorial calls for the government to reject the British royals from moving to the country in order to keep the royal family away from governing in Canada.
  • An excerpt form the editorial reads:
If they were ordinary private citizens, plain old Harry and Meghan from Sussex, they would be welcome. But this country’s unique monarchy, and its delicate yet essential place in our constitutional system, means that a royal resident — the Prince is sixth in the line of succession — is not something that Canada can allow. It breaks an unspoken constitutional taboo.

The concept of the Crown is at the centre of the Canadian system of government. Bills aren’t law until they receive royal assent; crimes are prosecuted in the name of Her Majesty by lawyers known as crowns; your passport asks foreign states for protection in the name of the Queen. All of that comes out of a constitutional order, more than a century-and-a-half old, based on the British model.

But though Canada borrowed from Britain, it isn’t Britain and never was. And this country long ago took steps to make that unmistakably clear.

Already in Canada: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said they would move to North America after deciding to step back from their royal family duties. Markle already made her first public appearance in Vancouver, per the Deseret News.

A report from E! News suggests Markle has been spending a lot of time in Canada, specifically at an expensive mansion.

According to MarketWatch, the couple hopes to move to Canada to avoid complicated U.S. tax laws.