Island locals determined to keep respectful distance for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

WatchMeghan Markle is back on Vancouver Island.

The staff at North Saanich’s Deep Cove Market are buzzing Friday after some unusual visitors stopped by.

A Japanese news crew was retracing the Royals’ steps. That’s because Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in last week ordering sandwiches.  The journalists wanted every detail.

Market employee Mette Jorgensen said they wanted to know all about Prince Harry’s clubhouse sandwiches. “They came and they just wanted to know exactly what they were wearing, what they said, what they bought,” Jorgensen said.

The interest in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex continues to make headlines around the world with not only British media, but CNN, Time, People.

BBC Breakfast interviewed CHEK News news director Scott Fee about the local reaction.

“I think they are embracing it. and I think they are going to want people to leave them alone,” Fee said to host Charlie Stayt.

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And North Saanich’s mayor Geoff Orr agrees.

“From a district point of view, I think we would say we are proud of the way that everyone welcomed them. and left them to their devices when they had an opportunity to interact with them,” Orr said.

Back at the Market, employees, including Elissa Kember, are realizing their corner of the world is now the focus of international attention.

“The whole thing is very exciting for the community. But we have mixed feelings about it, of course. We want to respect their privacy. And it’s so nice that they came here,” Kember said.

Employee Candace Cairns said it’s exciting to have the royals so close.

“It’s fun for the neighbourhood, too right? There’s a fine balance, right? we all want to be really relaxed, and comforting. But then it is exciting,” Cairns said.

While Meghan Markle is with eight-month-old Archie, Prince Harry is still in London attempting to negotiate his future role with the monarchy.

But Kember hopes the couple will be back.

“We often call out extra love when we make a sandwich. So I did that for Prince Harry as well. Of course, I curtsied when I handed it to him. That was the only acknowledgement of the fact that I  knew who he was. I gave him the (curtsy).”

The Market even renamed their clubhouse sandwich the Royal Clubhouse.

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