Meghan Markle ‘phones water taxi company to thank them’ for protective gesture

Meghan Markle has showed her gratitude to a water taxi company for refusing to transport paparazzi during her time on Vancouver Island with a personal phone call, one claimed.

Prince Harry, Meghan and baby Archie decided to step back from their royal duties and move to Canada with reports suggesting locals have become protective of the trio.

Water taxi operator, Miles Arsenault of Bay to Bay Charters, refused to transport a Japanese TV crew whose aim was to film the exterior of the Duchess's house.

Mr Arsenault told “It wasn’t a difficult decision for me, (I thought) give the kids a break.

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“If I lost business by turning down the paparazzi, that was fine by me.

“I didn’t have any desire to invade their privacy, their home. And a home is where you can let your hair down. I think it’s very brave of them to walk away from the royal family. They’re just real people.”

When Meghan found out about the selfless gesture she called Mr Arsenault to thank him, he claims.

He said: “I thought that was just so real. She didn’t have to do that, you know."

Mr Arsenault isn't the only one fiercely protective of the royals.

Another water taxi company owned by Reg Kirkham also refused paparazzi.

Speaking to the Globe and Mail, he said: “I take people out to take pictures of eagles, whales and seals – things people should be looking at.

"I don’t go peeping in windows … They’re humans, too.”

Even the biggest newspaper on the island, The Colonist, refused to cover the presence of the royal couple.

Editor and publisher Dave Obee said: “Their connection to our island is worthy of note, but their day-to-day existence here is not. Let them be.”

Meghan and Prince Harry announced their decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family in January.

Since then, the couple moved to North America and are currently exploring houses in the US.

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