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Premier excited for possible royal move to B.C.

Last Updated Jan 13, 2020 at 4:26 pm PST

FILE - In this Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020 file photo Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after visiting Canada House in London after their recent stay in Canada. In a stunning declaration, Britain's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, said they are planning "to step back" as senior members of the royal family and "work to become financially independent." A statement issued by the couple Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 also said they intend to "balance" their time between the U.K. and North America. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)
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B.C.'s Premier is excited about the couple picking the province, at least temporarily

Horgan says it's flattering to the province Meghan and Harry chose Vancouver Island for their family holiday

As for any security costs a permanent move could bring, Horgan says he will attend to that should it be necessary

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — With the Queen’s blessing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan on moving part-time to Canada, and B.C.’s Premier is excited about the couple picking the province, at least temporarily.

The British monarch said in a statement that the summit of senior royals on Monday was “constructive,” and that it had been “agreed that there will be a period of transition″ in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend time in Canada and the UK. This comes after Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, gave a surprise announcement that they planned to “step back” as senior members of the royal family.

“I’m as excited as anyone else with Harry and Meghan and little Archie being here in British Columbia,” Premier John Horgan says.

Horgan says it’s flattering to the province Meghan and Harry chose Vancouver Island for their family holiday

“It was a curiosity and a bit of a delight for British Columbians to say they came here because they felt safe,” he says, adding he’s happy locals gave them their space. “It speaks to us as a society and gives us a bit of a reason to pat ourselves on the back – that we are good and kind people that don’t want to intrude on the privacy of famous people.”

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Horgan says he’s proud the family chose to spend their holidays In B.C. and has some ideas if they make it their permanent home.

“[The] film industry is booming in British Columbia so I am sure Meghan could get on with – maybe ‘Riverdale’ – she’d be good,” he says. “A royal who’s named their child Archie on Riverdale? I don’t know. It writes itself.”

As for any security costs a permanent move could bring, Horgan says he will attend to that should it be necessary.

Meghan returned to the Victoria area over the past week where the couple’s son Archie remained when the couple returned to the U.K. to make their bombshell announcement.

Speculation on where they will live includes Toronto where Meghan has ties from her time filming the TV series “Suits”.

With files from the Associated Press.