Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are embroiled in a turf war with their neighbours just days after moving to Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently upped sticks for North America after sensationally quitting as senior royals.
Meghan flew back to Canada first to reunite with son Archie at the Sussexes' new Vancouver Island bolthole, with Harry joining earlier this week.
The couple are set to officially give up their roles in Spring following a transition period, and will give up their HRH titles and public funding in the process.
But just days into their new lives at their £10million mansion – where they also stayed over Christmas for their festive break – they have become embroiled in a “stolen land” row with neighbours.
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Furious natives in the area are arguing that Harry and Meghan’s home is situation on territory once robbed by the Brits.
And chief of the local Tseycum tribe Tanya Jimmy has urged the royal couple: “Don’t ignore us. The land the house is built on is stolen."
She explained to the Sunday Mirror: “It was taken from us in treaties signed in the 1800s. Our people back then didn’t realise what they were doing.
“Land was taken for a few hundred dollars and our people would sign the treaty with an ‘X’ as they couldn’t read or write.”
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Britain colonised Vancouver Island after Captain Cook arrived there in 1778. The first British settlement came in 1843.
Speaking about Harry and Meghan’s hideaway, Tanya said: “There will be ancestors buried there. We get no money from the land now, nothing.
“But for us it’s just not right houses like that are built there.”
While their mansion has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, living conditions among their Tseycum neighbours can be a lot more cramped.
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Tanya, 43, said: “I know one home where four generations live under one roof, several people in three bedrooms.”
She added: “Our bus service starts at 6am and ends at 3pm so people set their lives by that. It’s a world away from having drivers whenever you want.”
Tanya said her community was hit hard by her country’s historical “residential school system”. She said: “It split families, took young people away from communities and destroyed them to make them ‘Western’.”
As a result she said her people struggle with issues close to the royal couple’s hearts, and is offering to “break bread”.
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She added: “Meghan would appreciate that women here are the ones holding our community together. We really are the glue.
"Mental health is the biggest issue in our community – an issue Prince Harry has talked about.
"It would be amazing to have Harry and Meghan’s support. If he came to us, we would break bread and talk just as our people have done for hundreds of years."
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