As part of their agreement with Buckingham Palace to "step back" as senior royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will split their time between Canada and the UK. Though the royal couple have yet to openly confirm whereabouts they plan to establish their base in North America, it is has widely rumoured that they plan to settle on Vancouver Island, which is where they spent their extended Christmas break with their son, Archie and Meghan's mother.
In light of Meghan's legal warning to the media last week after a series of photograhps of her and Archie were published without her consent, locals on Vancouver Island have been loyally defending the Duke and Duchess from reporters and photographers who have been trying to get close to their new home on the island.
Miles Arsenault, a water taxi driver, has been dubbed a "a local legend" on Twitter, after it was revealed that he had denied a Japanese television company a lift to the island to see the Duke and Duchess' property, calling it an "invasion of privacy," per Canadian radio show, As It Happens.
He explained, "I didn't know at that time that it was Meghan and Harry's private residence. But I asked them if this was involving them and they admitted that it was."
"At that point, I said, 'You're going to have to hire yourself another water taxi company.'"
Miles, who previously worked as a photographer, continued, "I know what it is to get the shot - the money shot. Reporters, photographers, videographers - they need to make a living. But they're not going to make it on my boat."
The water taxi driver said he sympathised with the royal couple, and admitted that they would most probably have to face significantly fewer reporters on Vancouver Island than they currently do back in the UK. He went on to explain that most members of the community wish the Duke and Duchess "nothing but the best," and are excited to welcome the couple as new residents to the off-shore island.
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