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The Weekend Q&A: what marriage advice would you give Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Among MPs' advice to the newly engaged couple: cut each other some slack, and keep the house clean.

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says the key to a good marriage is to always remember why you fell in love with each other. The Hill Times photograph by Shruti Shekar

PUBLISHED :Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 4:17 PM

PARLIAMENT HILL—Cut each other a lot of slack, remember why you fell in love—and keep the house clean.

That’s some of the advice MPs would give to Prince Harry and Hollywood actress Meghan Markle, who announced their engagement this week.

The two were engaged in London in early November, and are planning their nuptials to be in May 2018, according to press releases from the British Royal Family.



The news prompted The Hill Times to go to the Hill Nov. 30 to ask Parliamentarians their best marriage advice for the couple (and their weekend plans).

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Whitby, Ont.) laughed and said it was important to “always love each other and just remember why you fell in love.”

“They’re going to have bad days and good days. And with me and Vidal, I want to divorce him every three months, and then I remember why I love him. And then I say ‘OK, I call off the lawyers,’” she said.

Ms. Caesar-Chavannes said she would be busy this weekend with the Whitby Santa Claus parade, which she said was “good all the time.”


Liberal MP Arif Virani says the royal couple should always make time for dates. The Hill Times photograph by Shruti Shekar

Liberal MP Arif Virani (Parkdale-High Park, Ont.) said the happy couple should always try to keep their house clean and to make time for dates with each other.

He also noted: “Kids make everyone happy, although you lose sleep when they arrive.”

Mr. Virani has two children, aged three and six, and he said this weekend he was excited to take them to their swim lesson.

Conservative MP Bev Shipley wished the royal couple a long life together. The Hill Times photograph by Shruti Shekar

Conservative MP Bev Shipley (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, Ont.) didn’t have much to say except that he wished the couple would live a long time together and said he was very happy for them.


New Democrat MP Wayne Stetski (Kootenay-Columbia, B.C.) said a marriage is “really getting to understand each other, appreciate one another, and cut each other a lot of slack.”

NDP MP Wayne Stetski said the couple should ‘cut each other a lot of slack.’ The Hill Times photograph by Shruti Shekar

When asked if that was what he did for his wife, he laughed and said: “I think that’s what she did for me.”

Mr. Stetski said he had a packed weekend coming up in his riding, which involves going to a function hosted by the B.C. group ANKORS, the AIDS Network Outreach and Support Society, marking World AIDS Day, which is Dec. 1.

He said he was also attending the local Symphony of the Kootenays.