Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with their newborn son, in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, England. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dominic Lipinski)

We asked: should Meghan and Harry move to Penticton?

We asked locals why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should settle down in Peach City.

Earlier this week, Queen Elizabeth confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be splitting their time between Canada and the U.K. while stepping back from their positions as senior members of the royal family.

Where they eventually end up calling home in our country remains a mystery. However, some rumours have tied them to Victoria after they spent the holidays in our province’s capital. In light of this, we asked Pentictonites why the royal couple should consider Peach City out of everywhere the country has to offer.

(Penticton Mayor, John Vassilaki handing out ice cream on a hot summer day. Photo: Steve Kidd/Western News)

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki was quick to highlight the climate as a great reason why the royals would love it here.

“We have the best weather in the world here in Penticton,” he said. “Our summers are the warmest anywhere, in the winter you can do anything you wish from skiing to tobogganing, snowshoeing. Also, everything is compact so you don’t have to travel great distances to enjoy yourself.”

Vassilaki also thinks Harry and Meghan would enjoy the beautiful scenery.

“We have some of the best ambience of anywhere in the world, compared to anywhere in Europe or even in the British Isles, we’re much better on the eyes. We have more than Vancouver Island or the Lower Mainland, there’s more to do than anywhere else,” Vassilaki said.

The mayor was also sure to mention that in Penticton, the couple wouldn’t feel out of place.

“We have some of the friendliest people from every corner of the world. We have Americans living here, we have British people living here and all sorts of Europeans so they would never be homesick or lonely for as long as they decided to stay here,” he said.

(Penticton native, Nicole Prowse working at Blenz Coffee. Photo: Jesse Day/Western News)

Local barista Nicole Prowse thinks Penticton might just be the perfect spot for Meghan and Harry to escape.

“I was born and raised here but I’ve lived in Toronto and I think if they want to get out of the spotlight and are interested in nature and the beauty of life, this is a beautiful place to live. There’s still a community and a sense of belonging,” she said.

”There’s a lot of really amazing things like lakes, and wineries, and craft breweries, craft coffee shops. I think if they’re looking to get out of the spotlight, a place like this is probably better than Vancouver, Victoria or somewhere bigger.”

(Penticton resident, Tanya Kruger dispensary owner. Photo: Jesse Day/Western News)

Tanya Kruger, who runs a dispensary in town, thinks if the B.C. bud isn’t enough to get the royals to Penticton the landscape might be.

“The Okanagan is beautiful it’s one of the most gorgeous places in British Columbia, and if they’ve been hanging out in Victoria we’re not too far. It’s the land between two lakes, we’ve got all the wineries, everything… it’s gorgeous,” said Kruger.

(Jenny Long, co-owner of BeeLong Gallery & Studios. Photo: Jesse Day/Western News)

BeeLong Gallery & Studios co-owner Jenny Long thinks the royals could find the perfect balance in Penticton.

“They should consider Penticton because I believe it’s the most happening, culturally exciting little spot. We’re a small town but we’ve got this wicked little mini-Portland happening with all the breweries and awesome coffee culture as well,” she said.

”Not to mention the two lakes; they can lounge on the beaches. They would feel kind of like their on holiday here, and it sounds like they want to get away from all the hubbub in their life but there’s also some really big city things happening.”

What do you think? Should Meghan and Harry move to Penticton? Have your say and email us here.

READ MORE: Meghan Markle visits women’s shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

READ MORE: South Okanagan man picks Seniors’ Drop-In Centre for donation

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

In photos: Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet at Larch Hills

The race saw over 700 athletes take to the ski trails

Habitat for Humanity ReStore planned for former Safeway location in Salmon Arm

If renovations go as planned, store in Centenoka Park Mall could open in May or June

In photos and video: Snow collapses cat shelter at Shuswap SPCA

Organization says no cats were injured, help wanted to rebuild

Sports shorts

Keep up to date with local sporting events and news segments Wrestler… Continue reading

Salmon Arm mayor unconcerned over top court’s quash of plastic bag ban in Victoria

“I don’t think there is any turning back philosophically,” he said.

Princeton RCMP make quick arrest in armed robbery after ‘brief struggle’

Princeton RCMP have arrested a suspect in connection with an armed robbery… Continue reading

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

Help sought in developing family practices in South Okanagan and Similkameen

An estimated 15,000 people in region do not have a family doctor

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

Animal lovers cautioned against feeding urban deer – even if they beg at the window

Even if the deer press their little faces against your kitchen window… Continue reading

Highway 1 closed near Golden for high avalanche danger

DriveBC does not give an estimation for reopening

Second earthquake in two days strikes near Agassiz

A 2.6-magnitude recorded Saturday morning

Most Read