Prime Minister John Horgan says he is excited about the prospect of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle calling British Columbia their part-time home.
He had a cheerful conversation about the couple with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, he said, during a press conference in Victoria.
“We are both a little dizzy about it. Canada is a great place to be. We are all very happy with that as Canadians.”
“If they want to come back and take root here, I’m sure I can find something for Harry to do,” said B.C. Prime Minister @jjhorgan about Harry and Meghan. “The film industry is booming in British Columbia, so I’m sure Meghan could go on with one of the best, maybe Riverdale? Who knows?” pic.twitter.com/YRdCQInXXz
The Queen said Monday that there will be a transition period to resolve the future roles of the couple as members of the Royal Family, during which Meghan and Harry will spend time in both Canada and the United Kingdom.
“My family and I fully support Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” the Queen said in a statement.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain members of the royal family who work full time, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life as a family, while remaining a valuable part of my family.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the holidays in a secluded beachfront villa near Victoria, where they were seen exploring the community.
“And the fact that they felt comfortable here speaks to us as a society and that gives us a reason to pat us on the back,” said Horgan. “That we are good and kind people who do not want to interfere in the lives of famous people. We are excited when we see them but we leave them.”
“He was comforted” when he saw the response of the residents of Vancouver Island who “stumbled” on the family but left them alone, Horgan said.
“The paparazzi were not here. You, as a media group, left them alone,” he said. “You talked to people who ran into them along the way and it was a curiosity and a delight for British Colombians.” Say, ‘Oh well, they came here because they felt safe.’ ”
He has not “thought much” about the family’s costs of taking root in the province, if BC is where they choose to spend their time in Canada, he said.
“I’m sure there are people working on that right now,” he said. ” And I could have more to say about that if royalty decides to take root in British Columbia. “
The Office of the Prime Minister did not comment on the potential costs of the couple living in Canada.
In Toronto, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said there were no discussions about who would cover the couple’s security costs.
Horgan joked that he could find some work for the couple, if the family decides to settle in Victoria.
“I’m sure I could find something for Harry to do,” he said with a smile. “The film industry is booming in British Columbia, so I’m sure Meghan could continue with one of the greats, maybe Riverdale, who knows,” Horgan said with a smile. “She would be good.”