As everyone probably knows by now, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on Vancouver Island with their infant son, Archie.
Since their announcement to step back from the royal family, tabloids and media outlets both locally and internationally have been doggedly following and reporting their every move.
While some of these articles carry glaringly obvious mistakes – like this Daily Mail story that mistakes Vancouver Island for Vancouver – one thing is clear: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not escaped the paparazzi attention they came here to get away from.
After photos of the duchess walking in a public park with her baby and two dogs was published online, the royal couple issued a warning to paparazzi in Canada.
According to a report by Sky News, Harry and Meghan’s lawyers say these photos were taken without consent by a photographer who was spying on her while hiding in the bushes.
They expressed concern about paparazzi attempting to photograph the couple inside their Vancouver Island residence while permanently camped outside the house with long range cameras.
The lawyers have also highlighted safety issues with the way paparazzi have been driving in their efforts to photograph the pair, bringing back memories of how Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash whilst trying to escape the media.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex experienced an increase in the level of media attention after signing a deal to step away from the royal family.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” said the Queen of England in a statement after the announcement.
“I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”
In a video uploaded to their official Instagram account, Prince Harry also referenced the scrutiny of the media in a speech.
“When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing. You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us,” he said.