If Prince Harry Is The Next Governor General He Wouldn't Be The First Prince In The Role
But would he want the position?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are taking a step back from life in the royal family. They have said that they plan to divide their time between the UK and North America. With that in mind, some Canadians are imagining what it would be like to have Prince Harry as Governor General of Canada.
In a poll conducted for Postmedia by Dart and Maru/Blue Voice Canada, 61% of Canadians said they support Harry taking on the iconic government role.
Even 47% of Quebec respondents thought it would be a good idea.
Of course, there's always the question of whether or not Harry would even be allowed to step into the role of Governor General. After all, aren't there rules about this sort of thing?
The truth is that there is no limitation on who can serve in the position, and in the past, it actually was held by Brits.
In fact, there wasn't even a Canadian in the role of Governor General until 1952, when the country began carving out its own post-war identity.
The first-ever Canadian to be chosen for the position was Vincent Massey.
Even having one of the Queen's family members serve in the position isn't unprecedented andwouldn't be the first.
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, was Queen Victoria's son and held the role of Governor General from 1911 to 1916.
Part of his legacy still remains in Ottawa in the form of a stained glass window in St. Bartholomew's Church.
The piece was commissioned by the prince in memory of his personal staff who served overseas during World War I.
Ifis also serious about maintaining financial independence, then the office of the Governor General would be a good fit.
The annual salary for the position is $288,900.
Of course, Canada currently has a Governor General, Julie Payette.
Governor Generals typically serve a five-year term, and having been sworn in on October 2, 2017, Payette's term would continue until 2022.
Could Prince Harry be chosen as the next Governor General? It really depends on whether his grandma wants him in the role or not.
The Governor General is appointed to the role by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister.
While it is a rather passive role in politics, considering that Harry wanted tofrom the roles of the royal family to carve out his own path, he might not even think it's the right place for him to be.