Tim Hortons roasted after offering Harry and Meghan free coffee for life
It's no secret that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are fans of Canada — but could all the free (albeit mediocre) java they could ever desire convince them to actually move here?
Probably not, but Tim Hortons is offering either way.
The Royal Family's hottest couple, who yesterday announced that they'd be "stepping down" as senior members of the clan to pursue a more "progressive" role within the British Monarchy, are the unwitting subjects of new marketing ploy by Canada's largest coffee chain.
Tim Hortons can afford to give free coffee to royalty but a ten cent raise for workers is too much?— Bryce Doe (@BryceDoe) January 9, 2020
"No pressure, Meghan and Harry, but if you do choose to move to Canada, free coffee for life," wrote Tim Hortons on Twitter as news of the couple's royal resignation reverberated around the web. "Think about it."
There is much reason to believe that Harry and Meghan will be spending more time in Canada soon, based on their bombshell announcement Wednesday.
"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages," it reads.
"This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity."
Whoa: Harry and Meghan to step back as “senior” members of the Royal Family, will become financially independent (and no, you don’t have to make a “future season of ‘The Crown’” joke about this) https://t.co/u4qiEQPECr pic.twitter.com/PHlr7FBnpx— laura olin (@lauraolin) January 8, 2020
Canada, for the record, is the only North American country that belongs to the commonwealth. It's also where the the Duke and Duchess recently spent their Christmas break with eight-month-old son Archie.
Markle had also been living in Toronto, where she worked as an actor on the show Suits, for years before meeting and eventually marrying Prince Harry.
It's likely that she, or perhaps both she and Harry, have tried Tim Hortons coffee at one point. They may have even somehow kind of liked it.
Whether or not they'll take the coffee chain up on its offer remains to be seen, but the general consensus among Canadians is that they very much should not.
Tim Horton's threatens the Royal couple with life time of coffee. For Gods sake, we want them to be welcomed not scared with that liquid you think is coffee. Both are proworker, and won't like all the workers fired in Manitoba or screwed in Ontario. https://t.co/j2FMkS7NH8— Bruce 🇨🇦 (@Brucesask) January 9, 2020
Harry and Meghan did say as part of their Wednesday announcement that they were working to become "financially independent," so free coffee forever might be nice.
On the other hand, the social and environmentally-conscious royal couple may not want to associate with a company known for undercompensating its employees and being one of Canada's top plastic polluters.
"Um... You have employees who have to go to the food bank to put food on the table and you want to offer an already incredibly wealthy family this perk?" wrote one Twitter user in response to the original post by Tim Hortons.
"How about you tell that franchise in Manitoba to give YOUR employees the 10 cents/hr they want and deserve?"
"Wow, talk about tone-deaf," wrote another in reply to the coffee giant. "Sort out paying your workers a living wage before you start giving freebies to the rich."
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