Meghan Markel, the Duchess of Sussex, is telling close friends that — “if the Royal family wants Prince Harry working as a Senior Royal so bad” — Queen Elizabeth should have appointed him to serve as the Governor-General of Canada, “when she had the chance”.
“Harry was ready for more and he could do more than merely represent the family in the United Kingdom,” the source explains. “He was ready to represent the Queen abroad, but William became aggressively jealous at the mere suggestion.”
According to friends, Markel thinks that Prince Harry would have been “a spectacular sovereign of Canada,” and worries that the Queen hasn’t been attentive to the Crown’s relationship with the indigenous people of North America.
“If Harry were Governor-General,” the source postulates, “correcting the historic injustices that the Crown committed against aboriginal communities would be central to his reign.”
Markel believes that respecting the nation-to-nation treaty alliances that traditional indigenous governments have with the Crown should define the sovereign’s posture pertaining to Canada. If Prince Harry were to be appointed Governor-General, as Viceregal Consort of Canada, Markel would assume the title of Chatelaine of Rideau Palace, a French term that translates to ‘keeper of the castle’.
“If Meghan were to serve as Chatelaine of Canada, she would take the role very seriously and open up the grounds of Rideau Hall to ordinary everyday people,” she predicts. “I can imagine her welcoming new immigrants to Canada in rose garden ceremonies, and using the platform to honor doctors and nurses who are fighting the pandemic as we speak.”
As Canada’s sovereign, Queen Elizabeth appoints a Governor-General to represent her on the Throne of Canada and to reside at Her Majesty’s Rideau Palace near Parliament Hill when she is not in Ottawa. It’s no small role in Canada’s constitutional monarchy, but the Queen typically appoints whomever the Prime Minister recommends, though she has no constitutional obligation to do so.
“Meghan thinks that the Queen should have made Princess Anne the Governor-General of Australia decades ago,” she quips. “But we all know how much Anne dislikes travel.”