The Globe and Mail told the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in no uncertain terms they cannot set up a base in their country.
“Canada is not a halfway house for anyone looking to get out of Britain while remaining a royal,” the piece said.
The Sussexes shocked the world last week when they announced they’d be stepping back from their roles as senior royals and working to become “financially independent” while splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
However, the editorial piece suggests the couple living in the country on a semi-permanent basis could go against their constitution.
Detailing Canada’s history with the monarchy, it says the country has borrowed many things from Britain but is not ruled by the Crown.
“A royal living in this country does not accord with the long-standing nature of the relationship between Canada and Britain, and Canada and the Crown,” the piece acknowledges.
“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 piece also advises Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not to allow the couple’s request.
“In response to the sudden announcement of a vague and evolving plan for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Prince Harry and Meghan – to move to Canada while remaining part of the Royal Family, the Trudeau government’s response should be simple and succinct: No.
“You are welcome to visit, but so long as you are senior royals, Canada cannot allow you to come to stay.
“This isn’t about breaking up with the Crown. On the contrary, it’s about maintaining Canada’s unique and highly successful monarchy.”
Following an emergency meeting on Monday, dubbed the ‘Sandringham Summit’, the Queen announced aides would work furiously over “the coming days” to establish how Harry and Meghan’s new life as part-time royals will look.
The monarch, however, admitted there’s still plenty to work out.
“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.”