The Duke & Duchess of Sussex will be stuck in Canada for the pandemic


Being an American, we tend to just get wrapped up in whatever is happening here in our little Idiocracy dystopia. I caught a glimpse online yesterday of how the French are handling the coronavirus pandemic, and apparently President Macron is sick of French people’s sh-t and he’s declaring “war” on the ‘rona, complete with a travel ban and 100,000 cops and soldiers on the streets to enforce quarantines and bans. Here in North America, countries are just too big (in size) to do that kind of thing. But Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau is trying to enforce stricter regulations, from a (somewhat lighter) ban on international travel (going out and in) and local quarantines and isolation orders. And so of course, people are making it all about the Sussexes!

Prince Harry could now be trapped in North America unable to return to Britain after it is understood he arrived back in Canada just as the borders were set to close due to coronavirus. The Duke of Sussex is believed to have arrived in Vancouver in the nick of time as he could have been forced to postpone his abdication for ‘months’.

Having announced they were stepping down as senior royals after Christmas, Harry and wife Meghan Markle apparently returned to Vancouver Island after completing their final duties last week. But now Harry may be left unable to go back to the UK for the foreseeable future, the Times reports.

This is because Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that all non-citizens and non-residents would be unable to come into the country as he tries to slow the spread of Covid-19.

[From The Daily Mirror]

Basically, they’re saying that if Harry had waited until this week to fly back to Canada, he would have huge issues with trying to fly in and he would have been stuck in the UK. But we know he did fly back to Canada last week. Harry, Meghan and Archie are likely going to be in isolation (relative isolation and strict isolation) on Vancouver Island for the foreseeable future. Which… is what they wanted anyway. People are just trying to make it sound like Harry and Meghan could have been “separated by coronavirus” but in actuality, they’re together and just fine. People are also trying to make it sound like even if Harry wanted to abandon his wife and child – lmao – he wouldn’t be able to because of the pandemic and travel restrictions.

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  1. Maxie says:

    Vancouver Island, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island should all shut down the ferries/airports/bridge, go in a lockdown for 14 days and they may have things under control quickly.

    They can live in a bubble and save their economy (bars/restaurants, etc.) while the rest of the country fights off the virus. It’s much easier to do for an island that it is for Montreal or Toronto.

    • Erinn says:

      Newfoundland already had a presumptive case, though. I think it’s too late for them to completely cut off unless the person who has it really heeded the warnings.

    • joanne says:

      Vancouver Island will never shut down the ferries. That’s how all of our food is transported here. It was announced yesterday that there are already 7 cases of Covid19 on the Island. The Public Libraries and Recreation centres are shutting down. Many stores have announced closure. The ferries must run as they are the extension of the highway. Some people with complex medical situations have to go to Vancouver for treatment.
      I hope everyone stays home and stays safe during these strange times.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Do you think they would shut down the ferries for all but essential travel? Allow goods in, trash out, but not have lots of people on the ferry for two hours at a stretch. If they must leave for medical reasons, require people to stay in their cars if possible during crossings.

      • Lady D says:

        People will be allowed to stay in their cars as of last night.

      • Malty says:

        The Coho is still bringing passengers from Washington to the Island, that’s the first one they should stop I think, seeing as WA has a larger infection list. Also we had a bunch of Washintonians on the island last week because stuff is closed over there so they came here to sightsee. Stay home you f*ckers.

    • Arpeggi says:

      And how would people in Newfoundland get food and medical supplies? Life is already difficult on the rock during winter, there are food scarcity issues after huge storms, if they also shut down everything that brings resources from the land when the weather permits transport, they’d be screwed just in a different way… And as Erinn said, the virus is already there. Trying to stop it from coming into communities is too late now. All that matters is slowing down the number of infected people

      • Charfromdarock says:

        It’s already here. There is 1 presumptive case and presumably many more unconfirmed cases here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

        Newfoundland is not an island province, it is the island of Newfoundland and the mainland of Labrador. We can’t cleave the province in two. It would disproportionately hurt Labrador as most specialized medical treatment is on the island.

        We are barely over the 8 day SOE in January. Closing the borders and interrupting the supply chain would destroy us.

        It is going to happen everywhere. It’s 2020, the world is too interconnected for it not to spread.

        Like the rest of Canada, we are doing what we can; schools closed, people working from home, etc. Even most bars are closed today on St.Patrick’s which is the biggest day of the year.

        And who in the world would consider being stuck in a mansion on beautiful Vancouver island a bad thing? It sounds ideal to me!

    • Bella says:

      Would be a v smart move!

      • Jaded says:

        @Maxie: Vancouver Islanders (I am one) HAVE to have ferries running, that’s how we get our food and supplies and more complex medical care on the mainland. What we are doing is, if possible, staying in our cars when we HAVE to take the ferry, and excluding all unnecessary travel to the mainland. Mr. Jaded and I were planning to go to Calgary next month to visit family but are not going now. Islanders are taking this very seriously – the streets and shops are half empty, and we’ve also cancelled social plans for the foreseeable future. But shutting down the ferries is simply not an option, it is our lifeline.

      • Lady D says:

        Ftr, I would absolutely hate to be stuck in my car in the bowels of a ferry. If something happens, you don’t stand a chance trapped down there. I would literally rather take my chances on deck, than below.

    • Jo says:

      Montreal is also an island. But I agree with posters above, lockdown isn’t a solution; in-community transmission is already happening. What would help in slowing the virus, for people to respect health advisories and stay home, but at least here in Quebec that is already a challenge.

  2. Erinn says:

    I think you mean they’re ‘stuck at home’ given that this is their chosen base.

    I was so impressed that Nova Scotia held out as long as it did. But I work in a huge open office so I’m currently just counting down until I inevitably get infected. I’ve only gone out on a grocery and medication run in the last week or so, and I’ve been trying to go first thing in the morning before the crowds show up because I have chronic conditions. I have a couple of friends living in BC (one is an RN, the other has a residency – I believe she’s wrapped up the school portion) but one of them has an autoimmune disease so I’m worried for them working in the health industry in BC. I’m sure they’re doing everything they can to keep themselves safe, though.

    My husband had a coworker tell him yesterday morning that he had had friends over Friday night before their quarantine was up. I was LIVID. They were like “well, it’s been about 12 days…” as if that’s perfectly acceptable. I’m just SO sick of people being absolutely selfish during the outbreak. The reason we need so many lockdowns is because people are f-cking selfish idiots who can’t follow guidelines. And it’s terrifying, knowing that I’m more at risk than others. I’m definitely not at the top of the charts when it comes to risk, but the risk is certainly increased. And my husband is a plumber, and I don’t THINK the office is bothering to screen the calls they get based on travel. My own office is in the process of rolling out a work from home situation, and I suspect I’ll be working at home as early as this week.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Our cases here in QC are going up every day (yesterday it was 50ish, up from 39 on Sunday) but I am still pleased with how our gov’t has been reacting – practically everything that isn’t essential has been shut down: bars, gyms, movie theaters, and so on. I don’t know if it’ll make a huge difference but it can’t hurt, especially when there are idiots out there who insist that ‘it’s no big deal’ and still want to go drink at a bar after work.

      I’m personally not worried for myself – I already work from home and I live alone – but rather for my parents since they’re both in their 70′s and have underlying health issues. So if I have to stay home for a few weeks and just pop over to the grocery store as needed, that’s what I’ll do. Heck, it’s the least I can do.

      • Arpeggi says:

        Our cases are going up because we’re 10 days post spring break, expect them to double in the next few days once ppl get access to tests.

        But yes, our governments, at every level has been really good, Federal a bit less (the decisions were smart, but JT should have been more present). I still loath Legault, but he’s done a good job. And Arruda, the Director of the Public Health Institute (INSPQ) is my MVP; he’s been bold and honest at every interventions (Teenagers: don’t swap fluids! Swearing on live TV, he’s awesome!). Then pur real threat will be how bad 45 mishandles the situation south of the border…

        Heading to my day in the lab, we’re rotating until all the current experiments are finished. I worked from home yesterday and I hadn’t been so busy in a long time. Closing a university is not a small task.

      • Erinn says:

        They just shut down cineplex theatres, most restuarants here are only doing takeout. Dooley’s bar/poolhall shut down saturday I believe. The response so far has been pretty good around here. Schools have been closed for the next 3 weeks starting yesterday, and registered daycares are done as of today for 3 weeks. March Break would have been this week for public schools I believe.

        Arpeggi – I’m here for the swearing! That’s actually fantastic. There’s something a bit endearing about that kind of bluntness given the current situation.

        I worry more about my mother. She’s in her early 60′s now and she’s working in retail. She has some history with bad allergic reactions and has had minor heart issues over the years. Nan’s also 94, so I’m concerned for her. I refuse to go anywhere near any of them because I don’t want to bring any germs their way.

      • LadyMTL says:

        @Arpeggi No-one in my family (including me) likes Legault at all, but we all agree that he’s done a good job so far, and yes Arruda is awesome, hahaha. I love how blunt he is but he’s not trying to scare people or downplay things. He just tells it like it is.
        I wish you luck with the Uni closure, I can only imagine what it’s like. My brother teaches at the college level and his school closed last week.

        And Erinn, stay safe and healthy; I’m sending good vibes / good wishes to your family and your Nan!

      • Lady D says:

        Dentists in BC have stopped working other than emergency cases.

      • Erinn says:

        Lady D – they just started closing dental offices here in SW NS as well. It’s a wise call.

        And thanks LadyMTL – I hope you and all the other celebitches are able to hunker down and avoid the worst of everything.

    • BUBS says:

      I’m so sorry you’re at higher risk Erinn…and I’m sorry that people can be quite selfish sometimes, living their lives without regards for others. May God be your strength. We’re all in this together. XOXO

    • Livvers says:

      I had a coworker in the office on Friday, coughing without making a single attempt to cover his mouth, while telling me about his experience getting his COVID-19 test! He told me he was “sort of self isolating” as he coughed across the table from me. For some reason his results took an extra 2 days longer than everyone else in NS, and the next day my aunt and uncle with severe COPD were coming over for the evening. Fortunately he got a negative result, but I remain very annoyed.

      • GuestWho says:

        I was at Walgreen’s yesterday, asked the cashier for a behind-the-counter product. He proceded to COUGH INTO HIS HAND and reach for it. I stopped him, told him to use his other hand that he hadn’t just coughed into, and he proceded to tell me it was no big deal. I proceeded to explain to him why he was a F’ing moron. I left without making a purchase. It’s morons like him that are going to make this all so much worse.

      • Erinn says:

        I’d want to hurl them off of a cliff. That’s insane. Thank god he was negative, but man. I’d have been seething with rage.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        Never let your guard down. The doctor from China, where it originated, says the actual incubation could be as long as 3 wks.

        I don’t think I’ve ever been this scared. Not even at my cancer diagnosis/treatments. But this terrifies me.

      • lucy2 says:

        GuestWho, I’ve seen a lot of people mention Walgreens employees being blase about it, I wonder if corporate sent out a bad memo early on or something, or its just coincidence.
        You did your best with that guy. Hope he’s not sick and spreading it to every customer.

      • Livvers says:

        “Fortunately” he was in Florida in mid-February and he developed a cold and then had a persistent cough from early March onwards, but no fever. So he qualified for the test but I can attest (as my office is just up from his) that he has had a chronic cough since October, so that seemed to be the main source. Not to say that I haven’t been exposed from anyone else since then, but his test results are very statistically likely to be reliable, and I continue to be vigilant. It’s very frustrating not to be able to guard against other people’s ignorance!

      • The OG — if we are talking about the same Chinese doctor from Wuhan, he has died of the virus. Such a tragedy: A whistleblowing Chinese doctor who tried to raise the alarm about the coronavirus outbreak has died, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has confirmed. Posted Feb 6, 2020 in The Washington Post —- Li Wenliang, 34, was declared dead at 2.58am local time on Friday morning after “emergency treatment” at a hospital in Wuhan, the Global Times reported, following hours of confusion over his fate.

      • Rita says:

        Hint: Practice ahead of time how you will inform co-workers, repairmen, etc., of your desire to avoid droplets and actual contact. It’s hard to extemporaneously convey how strictly you want to adhere to the rules.

      • Erinn says:

        And to add to what Rita said – if you’ve been out of the country and need plumbing, electrical, hvac work, etc etc… MAKE SURE TO LET THEM KNOW. Nobody should have to go in blind to a job with the potential to catch this.

        I don’t believe that they’re doing any screening before my husband goes to job sites. He’s doing everything he can to sanitize obsessively, but I do worry.

    • Golly Gee says:

      While Trudeau is finally closing the borders internationally, I’m pissed off that he continues to allow the border with the US to remain open! Also, why aren’t they screening passengers when they get off international flights (in Canada)? Even if they start now, what has already come through? Nor are passengers given any information as to what they should be doing to keep safe and keep other safe. You’re not necessarily on top of the news when you’re in a foreign country especially if the native language isn’t English.
      As to the Harry and Meghan story, the tabloids are just trying to come up with something to write about, so why not incorporate one big click-getter — coronavirus with speculation about two big click-getters– Harry and Meghan. And sure enough, here we are commenting on it.

      • Nic919 says:

        I suspect Americans are exempted from the ban at the moment because the orange idiot would retaliate and go after the Canadians in the US. Also in border towns there is a lot of back and forth that relate to business and trade. That said I can see the borders being restricted even more once more Canadians abroad get back.

      • Erinn says:

        “I suspect Americans are exempted from the ban at the moment because the orange idiot would retaliate and go after the Canadians in the US”

        I think that’s exactly it, Nic919.

      • Lady D says:

        It has more to do with commerce than anything. Workers by the thousands from both countries flow back and forth daily. Economically speaking, the borders need to stay open. But yeah, Trump would totally make us pay for closing the borders to Americans, no matter the cause.

      • Westerner says:

        We live in a U.S. border town. My husband just got home this morning from his monthly blood test for clotting. The pharm tech who manages his case is Canadian and commutes daily. She said it’s smooth getting into the states but increasingly difficult getting home, with intense questioning. She’s from Iran originally, and she’s more used to the hassles coming from the U.S. side.

      • Golly Gee says:

        Offices are shutting down, people working from home, stores closing. The same should apply to workers going back-and-forth over the border. Yes, products still have to make their way over, but at least limit the traffic to the essentials. What’s the point of all the sacrifices businesses and people are having to make to flatten the curve, if people are freely coming from an increasingly infected, high-population country over the border without screening? I mean at least there should be bloody screening. I do realize retaliation from the Baboon’s Ass is likely, but what will the alternative look like? People are dying.

      • Tigerlily says:

        Canadian here with RA and taking immunosuppressive meds. I went to island of Hawaii February 10 with a ton of antibacterial wipes& gel. For the last couple weeks hubby and were pretty much staying put in our condo. March 14 after seeing how things were spiraling I changed our return dates. We left morning of March 16, flew from Kona to Seattle then Seattle to Edmonton. First flight delayed due to passengers wiping down seats, trays etc. We had to run to get on connecting flight in Seattle. I wore rubber gloves for most of the flights, had several pairs plus gel and wipes

        Zero screening in Kona. We had our own snacks plus bought (and wiped down outside) water bottles after security.

        When we arrived in Edmonton and used kiosk to complete Customs declaration there was about five questions quiz about fever, cough etc. After we got our bags we received written and verbal instructions to quarantine for 14 days. Which we are doing. We have great friends who (before we arrived) stocked us with groceries & dropped our vehicle at the airport so we wouldn’t be in contact with them. I am retired so no biggie, my husband is a farmer who won’t start spring work until late April. Crazy times. Still American from mainland at our Kona complex who are staying through May & June….

    • Wilfred says:

      Erin – I hope that you stay healthy, and I completely empathize with you about your husband! I live in Vancouver, and am lucky enough to be able to work from home. However, my partner is a firefighter and it makes me really worried because I know that people don’t always disclose necessary information (exposure, travel, etc.) when making 911 calls.
      Hope that you all stay healthy – emotionally and physically!

  3. aquarius64 says:

    I am glad they are together in Canada and are self isolating. The rest of the senior royals need to self isolate to set the example.

    • Ali says:

      Are the paparazzi self isolating?

    • I so agree with Kaiser. This is such a non story about Harry. However, I’m also glad — as you are Aquarius64 —- that the Sussex family is home together in Canada.

    • SilentStar says:

      What a great place to be “stuck”! Beautiful, natural, fresh air, friendly neighbors, and the nasty international paparazzi has to stay home! I imagine it could be like heaven for them. I’m just so glad they did not find themselves separated before all this went down.

  4. Nic919 says:

    They are better off in Canada than the UK because the population density is lower and Canada has treated this much more seriously from the outset. The UK has had several deaths already and they only just started restrictions yesterday and they still aren’t as strict as they should be.

    All the idiots who tried to make a story of Archie not coming to the UK last week look even dumber now too.

    • Becks1 says:

      I’m also side-eyeing all the people who defended William’s stupid comments about this.

      • morrigan01 says:

        I bet the video of that comment is going to become in the UK what Rudy Gobert of the NBA touching all the microphones has become here in the US. Will was getting dragged on twitter over the weekend for that comment when some blue check person on twitter posted that clip with the caption “Prince Harry > Prince William.”

      • notasugarhere says:

        Or who defended Kate taking the kids out shopping in London for a pap stroll, while the government was telling everyone to stay home.

      • Nic919 says:

        William’s comments were especially stupid because people had already died by then.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      The UK prime minister’s initial response was to speed up the spread among the healthy to build herd immunity and accept that people are going to die. I can absolutely believe that Boris Johnson is that dumb, but I can’t believe enough people agreed with him to let him say it in public. Hopefully, they will all continue to come to their senses.

      • Livvers says:

        The fact that it took that new statistical modelling report to come out yesterday for them to change their mind, when the rest of us did a back of the envelope calculation when they first announced their “herd immunity” plan and got the SAME number of deaths is mind boggling. These people are sociopaths

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        They don’t consider themselves a part of the “herd”. They will also have access to treatment that a lot of the “herd” won’t.

      • just because says:

        Sooo…. at first the virus was stated to be particularly dangerous for those over 70 and then it was lowered to 60. And now we are seeing infected at even lower ages.

        Boris Johnson is 55. So we are to presume he’s fine with being one of the acceptable losses.

      • Livvers says:

        @ just because Didn’t he just announce his girlfriend’s pregnancy and then brought her out to a bunch of hand-shaking events? And then today the UK government issued new directions for pregnant women b/c the effects of COVID-19 on them is unknown, and pregnancy tends to lower immune systems naturally (that latter fact being known for, well, many years)… This man doesn’t even feel concern for his nearest and dearest.

    • Thinking says:

      Thrre are 365,000 canadian coming back to Canada. That inc all snowbirds. Trudeau telling everyone to come home may not have been a great move. Now the infections will really start with that many people all coming back from international destinations. There were photos of them all sardine packed in airports waiting for screening. Does anyone else worry about this ?

      • KellyRyan says:

        I’m not a Canadian but this decision would concern me as well. We are taking extra precautions in CA with isolating in place as common.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        My nephew flew in last week from Berlin (via London). Although there was a 4 1/2 hr. queue in Customs, he said NO ONE took his temp. He was ONLY asked where he was coming in from (he said London), and he was waved on to another cattle herd at baggage claims.

      • KellyRyan says:

        Jan, I know it’s hit and miss with testing. In some ways we’re fortunate living at 5,500 ft. We keep a well stocked pantry in the winter months, (120 miles round trip to grocery stores, etc.). Easy enough for us to isolate for several months. As to community activity, we’re on hold until 3/31.

      • Lady D says:

        My landlords live on the same property as me and they have been in Thailand for the last 6 months. I’m expecting them in this wave of Canadians returning, and they better stay hidden for 14 days. My neighbour works in NY and he was there for 5 weeks and has been home for two. I’m avoiding both homes like the plague.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Of course they’re going to hunker down in Canada. Based on what we know of their lives over the past 6 months, they probably wont need to make that many adjustments, more skype meetings maybe, less sandwich shopping lol, but as is true for most crises, the people with means will be okay. Its not ideal for anyone, but some are def better off than others.

    I do love how the press can make basically anything about H&M though.

  6. morrigan01 says:

    From what I’ve been reading from UK residents on twitter, Harry, Meghan and Archie are better off being in Canada than the UK during this whole pandemic anyway. The Canadian Gov’t seems to be acting proactively to slow the spread of it in their country and get testing done, while the UK looks to be behind even us here in the USA about testing and prevention, and *that* is saying something. (Something NOT VERY GOOD). Harry, frankly, looks to have made it out of the UK just in time.

    So yeah no, they aren’t stuck in Canada. They are at home. Together. Which yes, is exactly what they wanted. And are in a country that at least is working very proactively regarding all of this.

    • LaraK says:

      Canadian here. Not sure how hard we’ll get hit, but we were pummeled by SARS, so we have some experience with pandemics. Most hospitals have protocols on this already. But supplies will be short everywhere.
      We are about 2 weeks behind Italy, so we’ll see in two weeks if we’ve managed to curb this thing, or if we too all off the cliff.

      • Ali says:

        Another Canadian here are Canada is no italy. The states’ numbers are on par with Italy just two weeks behind.

        Canada will be fine. Most cases are related to travel but there is community spread so now everything is closed except stores.

        The Sussexes are in a great place.

    • Nic919 says:

      The concern trolling by certain royal reporters about what would have happened to Harry if the borders were shut in Canada and he hadn’t flown back was just stupid. Harry didn’t hang out for an extra week away from his kids. He was back the day after meghan.

      • Lady D says:

        Tabs are getting de$perate for content. They’re used to the big money from Sussex stories and those have dried up. The DM posters however will flock to this story so they can write hateful things that they think make them sound clever, and the DM makes money. Those posters remind of the experiment Pavlov did, only instead of dogs salivating at the sound of the bell, you have the ignorant racists salivating at the sight of her name, flocking to the site to denigrate her. They remind of a giant herd of stupid and therefore slightly dangerous sheep.

  7. AGreatDane says:

    I know Harry is breathing a huge sigh of relief right now. I also don’t think he was going to the UK much anyway (except maybe for Invictus, which will probably be postponed).

    • Smices says:

      And Invictus was actually in the Netherlands. He was heading back for the London marathon but that’s been postponed now. So he’s good.

  8. Janet says:

    Canada is allowing citizens, permanent residents and their close family members to enter. Presumably Meghan is still a permanent resident and her husband would be considered a close family member.

    • ME says:

      Meghan is not a permanent resident of Canada. She is a U.S. citizen.

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        Meghan acquired Canadian permanent residence thanks to her stint on Suits. I doubt she relinquished it when she moved to the U.K.

  9. truthSF says:

    Harry and Meghan aren’t stuck, they’re home! But due to the travel restrictions keeping UK visitors out of Canada during the crisis, the Royal reports are stuck and can’t get to Vancouver Island to stalk and harass Harry and his family! Look at Karma at work!!!😌😂😂😂

  10. 10KTurtle says:

    “Oh nooooo, not stuck in Canada!” cried Harry and Meghan, after their leisurely morning yoga session out on their deck overlooking the sea, before hopping online and plotting dastardly philanthropy efforts together and then taking an undisturbed hike in a pristine island woodland…

    • Vava says:

      Sounds good to me!
      That Harry’s jacket lining matches Meghan’s dress is giving me life this morning. (Yes I am that shallow.)
      Also agreeing with Erinn about how infuriating it is to see people put others at risk by not following guidelines.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Right? I’m sure they’re just broken up about having to stay in Canada, far away from his crazy family.

    • Redgrl says:

      That’s awesome – yeah, if you’re going to be “stuck” somewhere Canada is one of the best places to be “stuck”. 🇨🇦🇨🇦 And Vancouver Island is stunning. Your soul just comes alive out there.

    • Pineapple says:

      XO!!! Yah, my family is “stuck in canada” also … we are hiking in the forest later on today. Rough being stuck in Canada.

      Honestly, I suspect Meghan and Harry are a little worried about Archie though. He is pretty little, I know as a parent of little ones I always worried about them and serious illnesses.

  11. notasugarhere says:

    FFS, Mirror. You cannot ‘abdicate’ unless you are the monarch. Harry and Archie remain in the line of succession, but Harry and Meghan won’t be official working royals anymore.

    • Nic919 says:

      Katie Nicholl doesn’t seem to understand that either. She was unfortunately in that new doc about Meghan and Harry and kept saying that Harry was abdicating like the duke of Windsor. These royal “experts” are so incredibly ill informed and yet they manage to fool North Americans with their accent. They know as much as most commenters here about the royals.

    • Yes NotASugar and Nic919, it is amazing to me how much the courtiers and idiots like Nicholls keep trying to compare the Sussexes to Wallis and Edward and the abdication of a king. Edward became king the moment his father died and he abdicated as king. Harry is sixth in line and is nowhere near ever becoming king at this point in his life, let alone having the option to abdicate that role. I guess it helps feed the frenzy that what the Sussexes have done has “so threatened the monarchy” that it needs to be constantly trolled by all of them. And William’s leaked comment about Harry disrespecting the monarchy and embarrassing the Queen, PLEASE. Harry is in the same position as Margaret’s, Anne’s, Andrew’s, Edward’s, and even Archie and William’s son, Louis: at this point he needs to create his own life as they have (or will have to, in the case of Archie and Louis. Poor Charlotte is in that no man’s land of spare heir until George has a child.). I don’t see William banging on about any of them disrespecting or embarrassing anyone or anything by living a private life.

  12. Citresse says:

    Covid-19 or not, H&M want to be stuck in Canada.

    • Marianne says:

      @Citresse: exactly.

      Also, Canadian here: They live in Canada now. And, so getting “stuck” here, is kind of the point.

  13. Tia says:

    I’m glad he made it back. I’m on the other side of the world to most of my family with no chance of seeing them in person possibly until a proper vaccine is ready. I can’t imagine being stuck in a different country to my spouse and my child.

  14. Sass says:

    Honestly unless they get sick – and I hope they don’t – this is pretty much their idea of heaven right now.

    They’re probably gonna make a ‘rona baby 😂

  15. one of the Marys says:

    Walgreens customers can complain and communicate to their PR people. I’m in Ontario and there’s loads of emails and ads coming from businesses to explain how they’re responding during the outbreak, all designed to assure me they have everyone’s health as a top priority
    Local stores are advertising the first hour of business or an hour before opening for seniors, vulnerable, disabled etc in an effort to give them clean, uncrowded conditions in which to get groceries.

    • Lady D says:

      I think it’s fantastic that grocery stores are opening an hour early just for seniors to shop. I live quite close to the grocery store here and this morning I cruised past it a couple of times on my walk to see if any seniors needed help walking with their groceries. I’ll probably do the same for awhile. I’ve been volunteering with seniors for years now, I know what precautions to take, and I do want to help my friends, just from a slight distance. Plus, it was -9C at 7am, they can use the help.

    • For what it’s worth: I was in a Walgreen’s yesterday. I live in a small town in a desert state in US. Staff was overwhelmed but working hard and very pleasant. One bad experience with one staff member in one store shouldn’t condemn everyone working in that chain. Also, everyone working to keep stores, gas stations, hospitals etc., open is exposing themselves relentlessly to the virus. I for one am grateful.

  16. Jumpingthesnark says:

    Only certain of the british population would view being “stuck” in the lovely country of Canada as a bad thing. Which is why they published it, I suppose……

  17. vertes says:

    Here in SF Bay Area, some restaurants & small businesses are closing permanently. Schools, bars & nightclubs, many libraries, city & county
    offices, etc. have closed. No visitors allowed at nursing homes. Many grocery stores won’t take cash now – cards only.
    Nordstrom announced last night that they’re closing ALL stores in US & Canada for the next 2 weeks. They will continue to pay the employees & keep up their benefits. Staff in some departments may lose commissions from sales but at least they’ll have base pay.

  18. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    “Stuck in Canada.” No, they’re at home where they want to be. They can conduct meetings via Skype and continue to prepare their new foundation for launch. I doubt they’re sad and grumbling about not being in the UK.

  19. Lady D says:

    So, paying closer attention to my actions in the past few days, I have discovered I touch my face about 3-4 times an hour. I had no idea I did that so often. I thought the masses were joking when they said the average person touches their face about 20 times an hour.

  20. Well-Wisher says:

    The Sussexes is in a scenic beautiful setting , surrounded with supporting neighbours who view personal privacy as a right. They may be able to breathe for now as one Hope’s the Splash paparazzi has left. The community seems uninterested with tourists and is self sufficient enough to cope.
    I hope they are living their best life.

  21. Mouki's wife says:

    Stuck in the most gorgeous and warmest region of Canada, the hardships H and M are suffering after leaving the Royal Family’s nest. Pray for them! Lol! I’m quarantined in Ottawa. It’s cold, snowing, and all the restaurants are closed for my birthday on Thursday. And it’s taken Mouki and I a week to find toilet paper! I think we’ll be okay stuck in Canada too. :)

    • lizzieb says:

      Hi Mouki’s wife. Also in Ottawa (waves hi). What part of the city are you in? Glad you were successful in the great tp hunt. Heading back to work now ( crossing apartment to desk). Take care everyone.

    • Jaded says:

      Well I hope you and Mouki have a happy birthday celebration nevertheless! Best wishes!

    • LBB says:

      Happy Birthday! Thursday is my daughter’s 13th birthday. She is very upset that we have to cancel our plans and stay inside. Restaurants closed her in Austin today as well, but we don’t have snow and it is pretty warm!

  22. Cosmo says:

    They live in Canada.

  23. Jaded says:

    First, Harry would have to request an act of parliament to step out of the line of succession. He can’t abdicate, he would have to be the reigning monarch to do that.

    Second, he and Meghan haven’t been banished to a leper colony, they chose to come to Vancouver Island, which happens to be one of the most peaceful, scenic places on the planet, to get away from that next of vipers that is his family and the tabloid vultures. I wish Katie Nicholl and her like would just STFU and realize they’ve been outsmarted.

  24. L4frimaire says:

    Glad they’re in Canada and no news on them or paparazzi. It seems like the tabloids are still obsessing over them, hence the poor Harry/ bad Meghan stories. They won’t hear from those two for months or know what they’re doing, especially with the pandemic. All that time indoors, great for writing books and articles, online meetings, planning, making babies. I hear royal reporters are still upset about older people having to isolate and cancel appearances, and someone was going on about great that Princess Anne still doing appearances. Like are they kidding! She’s 69. Don’t think they are taking this as seriously as the rest of Europe yet. A year, we’re all stuck in the house and trying to make it work.

  25. Mini says:

    Vancouver Island is a dream location to be “stuck in”.

  26. Awkward symphony says:

    I’m sure prince harry stayed behind as a precaution and that they’re taking measures to protect their family and friends.
    This pandemic will be a a needed break for them to take things slow and gather their thoughts. Im thinking they’ll be in BC till later this year. I suspect we’ll see the invictus games rescheduled to later this year perhaps September.

  27. Anna says:

    We are in Nova Scotia, and so far we only have 1 confirmed case and 5 presumptive. Everything is in lockdown; stores closed, schools closed, movie theatres closed. Pretty sure the liquor stores will be closed by the end of the week. We are doing our best to flatten the curve. My husband is on the front lines working in health care, so the scary reality is that our family will more than likely be exposed.

    Curses to the idiots who refuse to self isolate after travel.

  28. badmuthagoose says:

    Dude, I’d LOVE to be stuck in Vancouver! I’m sure they are just fighting back tears.

    Can I just say I love her facial expression in every one of those pictures? GO H&M!!!

  29. smee says:

    While I love that emerald green color, that dress needs to be altered. The shot of theback is the worst.

  30. yinyang says:

    Stay safe stay healthy H&M&Archie!

  31. Casey says:

    Honestly, with all that is going on, am I actually expected to care? THey live in Canada, boohoo, they have to be like the rest of us and ‘stuck’ in our countries.

  32. Izzy says:

    Coronavirus to Harry: YOU’RE WELCOME

  33. Lohola says:

    Yeah I’m sure being quarantined to one of the most beautiful places in North America is a huge burden on them. I just made my camping reservations to do
    Some social distancing out there my self:)