After days of family dilemma and discussions over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step down as the senior members of the Royal Family, Duchess of Sussex has flown off to North America. The 38-year-old royalty took a seaplane out of Victoria Harbour airport to jet off to Vancouver. She was alone as Prince Harry stayed back in the United Kingdom and baby Archie wasn’t with her either.
The Duchess made a pleasant appearance and looked very much at ease as she smiled on her route to Vancouver from Vancouver Island. She was bundled up in a green Barbour Epler coat with a fur-trimmed hood, a black scarf, black skinny jeans, and a pair of tan Le Chameau quilted boots which she paired with a leather tote from Cuyana.
She made her first public appearance at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver since the announcement of “step back.” It was a surprise visit by the Duchess at the Women Shelter to offer her support and boost up the spirits of women sheltered at the Centre.
Reportedly, women at the shelter home weren’t aware of the arrival of the Duchess till you came down and held a meeting with the managers there. A picture of Meghan’s interaction with the women at the centre was uploaded on their Facebook page. “Look who we had tea with today! The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community,” the post was captioned.
The sighting comes a day after the Queen’s statement on their desire to quit the royal monarchy for more independent lives. The statement was released post the meeting of Prince Harry with her Highness, Prince Charles, and Prince William at Sandringham. Queen Elizabeth II stated in her statement that the royal family had very constructive discussions on the future of the Queen’s grandson and his family. Her Highness and the royal family are entirely supportive of Duke and Duchess’s desire to create a new life as a young family.
She added that they would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family but respect and understand their wishes to live a more independent life as a family as they will continue to remain a valued part of the royal family. The statement apprised that Sussexes do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives and there will be a period of transition in which they will spend their time in Canada and the UK.
The statement finally read in the end these are complex matters for the royal family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but the Queen has asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. 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. 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. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their desire to step back from British monarchy in the first week of January 2020 via Instagram.