The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Picture: Xinhua/IANS

North Saanich, British Columbia – Towns on the southern end of Vancouver Island on Canada’s west coast are abuzz with interest over the possibility that Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will become semi-permanent residents there.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sparked an uproar on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean when they said on Wednesday that they would be stepping back from their senior roles in the British royal family.

The couple’s stated intention to spend more time in North America has led onlookers to suspect they will make a home in Canada, which recognises Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth as its head of state.

On Friday, Reuters reported that after just a few days back in the UK, Meghan had returned to Canada to reunite with the couple’s 8-month-old son, Archie.

According to media reports, she has gone back to the Saanich Peninsula, a part of Vancouver Island just north of British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, an area where the family took a six-week vacation at the end of last year.