Fit for Royalty: The Duke and Duchess should consider... Winnipeg?
Harry and Meghan recently announced they'd spend time between the U.K. and Canada
Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made official plans to spend more time in Canada, many are wondering where the royal couple might settle down.
Rumour has it, Harry and Meghan have their sights set on British Columbia. But perhaps they could be convinced to consider the unique charm of Winnipeg?
After all, the city is home to the Royal Canadian Mint, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, even pop-rock band, Royal Canoe.
The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre says it would welcome the couple with open arms. Artistic director Kelly Thornton says it might even offer Meghan some acting work.
"There's some juicy roles for her," she says. "Perhaps even in musical theatre. She would do really well in some of our shows next year."
Watch Winnipeggers muse about why the city could suit the royal couple
Thornton says the theatre would roll out the red carpet for the Duke and Duchess, at their annual Black and White Gala Ball.
"Our childminders would be standing by, while they get comp tickets to any of our shows," said Thornton with a chuckle.
The RMTC was given its royal designation during Queen Elizabeth's official visit to Winnipeg in 2010. The Queen also visited the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, presenting it with a piece of history.
Just inside the museum's guest entrance is a stone taken from a field in Runnymede, England. It's from the same spot where the Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215.
The museum is also extending the couple an eager invitation.
"Both the Duchess and the Prince have demonstrated their interest in different human rights causes," says CMHR Vice-President of Visitor Experience and Engagement, Jacques Lavergne. "There is a clear link between the museum and their interests."
He joked, the CMHR would come up with a special membership category for the couple, to give them the royal treatment.
"Maybe have a private tour with the CEO," says Lavergne, with a smile.
Across town is the bakery that catered to previous royal visits. High Tea Bakery Owner Belinda Bigold says they made hundreds of their famous Imperial Cookies for the Queen's visit in 2010, and another regal batch when Prince Charles came to Winnipeg in 2014.
Bigold says her shop is ready to handle any future royal baking duties.
"I think we strike a nice balance," she says. "We've served grandma and dad. We're also a little bit eclectic, so maybe the artistic side would appeal to Meghan."
The Duke and Duchess say they plan to be financially independent, but presumably, they'd still need a home fit for a prince. A new Royal Lepage listing in Crescentwood could suit their budget.
The century-old mansion on Ruskin Row has six bedrooms, five baths, a grand wooden staircase and an elegant dining room.
At $1.2 million, it's likely a lot more than they could get for that price in B.C. And if the growing royal family wants more room, the historic Fort Garry Hotel is also up for sale. The asking price on that property is a mere $40 million.