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US News His Grandmother Is Canada’s Queen, but Harry Won’t Get Much Special Treatment

14:16  14 january  2020
14:16  14 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Harry ’ s grandmother , Queen Elizabeth II, is queen of Canada , among her other titles. He first visited with his parents, Prince Charles and Princess While Harry ’ s grandmother is queen of Canada , he is not himself a citizen. If he and Meghan wished to stay in Canada for more than six months, they’d

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry standing next to a person in a suit and tie: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visiting Canada House, the offices of the High Commission of Canada, in London last week. © Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection, via Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visiting Canada House, the offices of the High Commission of Canada, in London last week.

OTTAWA — Queen Elizabeth II may have blessed plans by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, to become part-time residents of Canada, but the monarch’s status as the country’s formal head of state doesn’t mean the couple can expect any special treatment on many fronts.

When it comes to immigration, taxation and even what they call themselves, Harry and Meghan will be no different than any other newcomers to Canada.

But one area where they could receive unique consideration is their personal security.

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Harry will return to Canada once his royal engagements this week are finished. He is hosting the Rugby League World Cup draw at Buckingham Palace this Thursday. He is also thought to have had an inheritance from his great grandmother the Queen Mother , so is believed to have around £

Prince Harry and Meghan did not consult any royal about making their personal statement, BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond was told by palace sources. Buckingham Palace was "blindsided", he said, as talks about their future had begun but were in very early stages.

The couple, known formally as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have offered little detail about their plans, including where they intend to live in Canada, how much of their time they will spend in the country and how they plan to become independent of funds set aside by Britain for its royals.

But when they do make their move, the duke and duchess won’t get a V.I.P. pass through immigration.

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“There are no provisions in the Citizenship Act that confer Canadian citizenship status to members of the royal family,” Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, a government department, said in a statement. “In order to become legal permanent residents of Canada, they would need to apply through our normal immigration processes. However, members of the royal family are not required to seek authorization to come to and stay in Canada as visitors.”

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'They won ' t get their coal until we're paid' The world waited in anticipation yesterday as Prince Harry , his father Charles and brother William arrived at Sandringham to meet the Queen . 'I think they’ll head to Canada and then the United States and they have to find a way to fund themselves now.' 'He tried to reach out to her not only as his Queen , but as his grandmother . She, in turn, tried to help in

Harry ' s grandmother , Queen Elizabeth II, is queen of Canada , among her other titles. He first visited with his parents, Prince Charles and Princess While Harry ' s grandmother is queen of Canada , he is not himself a citizen. If he and Meghan wished to stay in Canada for more than six months, they'd

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that when it comes to who will bear the cost for providing security to Harry and Meghan, “we’re not entirely sure what the final decisions will be.” © Dave Chan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that when it comes to who will bear the cost for providing security to Harry and Meghan, “we’re not entirely sure what the final decisions will be.”

There was widespread speculation in Canada’s immigration community that the couple would be just visiting rather than calling Canada home to avoid a number of complexities.

“I doubt very much they would apply for permanent residency,” said Sergio R. Karas, an immigration lawyer in Toronto. “That would not be a good option for them.”

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As visitors, the couple can remain in Canada for up to six months without any sort of special visa. The catch, however, is they wouldn’t be able to work in the country, where coins and $20 bills bear likenesses of the queen, if that is indeed part of their financial freedom plan.

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He tried to reach out to her not only as his Queen , but as his grandmother . She, in turn, tried to help in her role as the head of the family, rather than the Commonwealth. Yet the Duke of Sussex is now said to ‘regret’ the way the 93-year-old monarch was left feeling ‘blindsided’ but last Wednesday’ s

Harry , younger son of heir apparent Prince Charles and sixth in line to the throne after brother William and his children, had been popular with the Armed Forces community, having served on the frontline in Afghanistan and done a great deal of charitable work for veterans, such as the Invictus Games.

Helen Park, an immigration lawyer with the Dentons law firm in Vancouver, British Columbia, said that while they couldn’t seek employment, they could manage businesses based outside Canada while there as visitors.

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But if they decide to become residents of Canada with the right to work in the country, there are several possible channels the couple could explore of varying difficulty and plausibility.

The easiest, but perhaps least likely, avenue would be for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s immigration minister to grant them residency on “compassionate grounds.”

“But is Harry going to say, ‘My grandmother is chasing me out of England’?” Mr. Karas said.

The government, Ms. Park said, could also declare them to be people of significant economic social or cultural benefit to Canada — a measure commonly used for prominent artists or literary figures.

Either form of queue cutting might prompt a political backlash.

While Canada is generally welcoming to immigrants, the process is expensive and time-consuming. As a result, many recent immigrants might resent any jumping in line by the royal couple. A large percentage of new Canadians include people from places like India, where the British monarchy is still strongly associated with colonial repression and is deeply unpopular.

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Meghan’s past life in Canada could, in theory, also provide the couple a way into Canada as residents. An American, she lived in Toronto for several years while filming the American television legal drama “Suits,” when she was known as Meghan Markle. While her immigration status during that time is not public information, Canada has a special visa provision for actors working on foreign film and television productions in the country.

Ms. Park said that some of her actor clients had used their time in the country to obtain residency. If — and Ms. Park noted that it’s a big if — Meghan took that step, she could then sponsor Harry for residency.

Regardless of their immigration status, the couple may face tax issues in Canada. Heather L. Evans, the executive director of the Canadian Tax Foundation, a research group, said there was no hard and fast rule for determining who is a resident for tax purposes. Instead, she said, “individual facts and circumstances are important, especially in cases of dual residents.”

Courts, she said, have found that in some cases, people who spend less than half of the year in Canada are still residents for taxation purposes.

Even murkier is the status of the duke and duchess’s royal titles if they make Canada home. In 1919, Canada’s Parliament put an end to citizens and residents being able to accept noble titles from Britain with a resolution that was affirmed twice more, as recently as 1988.

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Conrad M. Black, the former press baron, had to give up his Canadian citizenship to become Baron Black of Crossharbour. There is, however, no precedent for how the resolution, which some argue is of limited legal force, would apply to a member of the royal family moving to Canada.

In a country where there is sometimes grousing about the cost of security for the prime minister, the question of who will pay to protect Harry, Meghan and their son, Archie, has been widely raised. On Monday, Mr. Trudeau said that was one of many questions that remain to be resolved.

“We are obviously supportive of their reflections but have responsibilities in that as well,” he said, referring to security. “We’re not entirely sure what the final decisions will be.”

Currently, Canada covers the cost of the security provided to the couple by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police because Harry and Meghan’s official status in Britain makes them “internationally protected persons” under Canadian law. Kent Roach, a professor of law at the University of Toronto, said that after withdrawing from official life, Meghan and Harry would lose that status.

But citing news media estimates that their annual security cost will be about 2 million Canadian dollars, or about $1.5 million, Mr. Roach anticipates that the government-funded guard will remain.

“Strict legal definitions will in the end not matter that much in this matter, especially if the cost of protection is, as reported, less than $2 million,” he said. “Canada has received that much worth in good press already.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are rumoured to be looking at the option of relocating for a significant portion of the year, and sources say they could even relinquish their HRH titles.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are rumoured to be looking at the option of relocating to the country for a significant portion of the year and sources say they may relinquish their HRH titles in the future.

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