Their lawyers issued a legal warning after various outlets on Tuesday published photographs of a smiling Meghan out walking her dogs with Archie. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan begin their new lives in Canada on Tuesday by launching a legal warning to the media for photographs of the duchess bolthole near their shores.
Following their shock exit from working life as a lord, Harry jetted out of the UK to join Meghan late Monday in a mansion outside of Victoria on Vancouver Island.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been temporarily set up base in a wooded home, after spending six weeks there over Christmas with their baby son Archie.
bomb their announcement on Jan. 8 that they want to step back from their royal duties shook the monarchy.
The pair married in May 2018, acknowledged last year that they struggled to control the media and the press have regularly denounced in the report and in the courts.
their lawyer issued a legal warning after various outlets on Tuesday published photographs of Meghan smiled out walking the dog with Archie.
In the UK, the photos were used by The Sun and the Daily Mail newspaper.
Lawyers claimed the picture was taken by a photographer hiding in the bushes and spied on a former actress on US television, the BBC reported, and that he did not approve the photo. The pair is ready to take legal action, according to the BBC.
The lawyers claim to have been an attempt to photograph in their new home using a long lens and said paparazzi camped outside the property.
A freelance photojournalist who works in the area, who said he was from California but wanted to remain anonymous, said the potential legal issues “rather difficult,” but he did not let them affect his work.
“Canada has the legal freedom of the press,” he said, sitting in the driver’s seat with a white SUV photography gear on the passenger side.
“From what I understand, as long as you do not follow them, harassing them, breaking the law, as long as this matter of public interest – and the monarchy always is – then the free press to cover it.”
‘No other option’
Harry, 35, and Meghan 38 years bowed out entirely from representing the monarchy, in a crisis that has shaken the centuries-old institution.
Harry said Sunday that they do not want to stop their royal duties but reluctantly accepted “no other choice” if they want to cut off from public funds and earn their own in the pursuit of more independent life.
Under their new arrangement, Sussexes free to obtain their own commercial revenues – albeit at the cost of greater than they first imagined.
They can no longer represent Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II or referred to as their royal highnesses and must pay a taxpayer money spent on their UK homes.
They will no longer receive public money – even though 95 percent of their annual budget comes from his father Prince Charles, heir to the throne through hereditary land and real property.
As far as going to continue, and who will cover their security bill – during a meeting with British police – remains to be seen.
Questions over funding
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Tuesday, denied it had spoken “directly” by Queen Elizabeth on security charges, after British media reports that the country has offered to foot the bill.
“Discussions continue to be ongoing and I have no update at this time,” Trudeau said in a press conference.
Canadian media have estimated the cost to protect the couple and their son Archie eight-month-old around Can $ 1.7 million (US $ 1.3 million) a year. Other estimates run higher.
British Justice Minister Robert Buckland said there should be “a line of delineation” who pays the cost of security.
Asked whether British taxpayers should fund Sussexes while they are in Canada, he told Sky News: “I have no easy answer to that.”
The pair intend to increase their own revenue stream. They have launched a new Royal Sussex and trademarked the name.
However, a senior adviser to the queen on the emblem suggested they should not be allowed to use the royal moniker, after handing over their public duties.
“I do not think it is satisfactory. One can not be two things at once. You either are (royal) or you do not, “Thomas Woodcock, the Garter King of Arms, told The Times newspaper.
In a role that dates back to the 15th century, he was involved in ensuring that the royal symbols are not used illegally for commercial purposes.
Woodcock, who gives his personal opinion, said a final decision will rest with the sultan.
‘Leave them in peace’
Like Britain, Canada is a Commonwealth realm, meaning Queen Elizabeth is the head of state.
Residents walking dogs on a path near the Sussexes’ new home told AFP that they opposed intrusion into their new Canadian set-up, and we’re proud of the local instinct to give them space.
“We don’t like it. Leave them in peace,” said Anne Girling, adding she had met Meghan jogging on a trail nearby and they wished one another “good morning.”
Sue Starkey, another dog walker, described the area as a “really friendly” community.
“Our neighborhood has been so respectful and giving them space,” she said.
“I’m really happy they’re here and I hope they can find some peace.”
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