Moving to Canada may be the key to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry getting a break from media scrutiny for a while. An attorney based in Vancouver — Roger McConchie of McConchie Law — explained to Fox News that certain privacy laws in British Columbia may save the former royal couple from paparazzi after their recent decision to step down from their royal family roles.
According to McConchie, British Columbia has a “privacy act” that allows people to bring a civil court lawsuit “without having to prove they suffered monetary loss against someone who unreasonably invades their privacy.”
“An invasion of privacy can involve ‘surveillance,’ but there are not many lawsuits for invasion of privacy, and the damage awards do not amount to much,” he said.
In addition, McConchie noted that there aren’t nearly as many paparazzi in British Columbia as there are in the U.K. and the U.S. He explained that most news outlets focus only on “high-profile” stories, such as a celebrity arrest.
“There seem to be few cases where the camera is just trying to catch a celebrity in an embarrassing situation by following them around, spying on them,” the lawyer added.
Many television shows and movies are filmed in Vancouver, which means that celebrities are often spotted in public. However, McConchie insisted that fans don’t “bug them” because “we like our privacy and respect theirs.”
“Unless foreign paparazzi descend, [the Duke and Duchess of Sussex] have a decent shot at enjoying some peace and quiet.”
Because of this, the lawyer feels that Canada is the perfect place for Meghan and Harry to raise their 8-month-old son, Archie.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed last week via a lengthy post on their official Instagram account that they would be taking a step back from the royal family.
According to the announcement, Meghan and Harry plan to become financially independent from the royals, but they will still show their support for Queen Elizabeth II. The couple said they will balance their time between North America and the U.K. in the hopes of giving Archie a normal life with knowledge of his royal background.
Meghan has been lying low in Canada since the news broke, but she certainly isn’t going through this whirlwind transition alone. She was spotted on Friday heading to the Victoria International Airport to pick up her close friend Heather Dorak, who reportedly flew in from Los Angeles to lend some support. The women were seen hugging it out at the airport before heading back to Meghan’s Vancouver Island estate.