PRINCE Harry has arrived in Canada to start a new life with Meghan and Archie after saying he had “no option” but to step back from royal life.
The Prince raced through an engagement with the Prime Minister and African leaders — then hopped on a flight yesterday afternoon for a reunion with his wife and baby son.
Harry was so eager to get away he even ducked out of a Buckingham Palace evening reception he was supposed to be co-hosting.
He landed at Vancouver International Airport today on British Airways flight 85 from London’s Heathrow, according to MailOnline.
Harry was photographed looking casual in a blue beanie and jeans as he was escorted along the tarmac by two security guards.
The 35-year-old was at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in Greenwich alongside Boris Johnson by 11.40am yesterday — meeting the presidents of Malawi and Mozambique and the prime minister of Morocco.
During the summit Harry took time out for a 20-minute heart-to heart with the PM in a private room at the Intercontinental hotel.
Aides stayed outside the room but it is known the two men discussed the royal crisis as well as Harry’s charity work in Africa.
After dashing from the summit Harry met his team of advisers to establish how his and Meghan’s affairs will be managed once he is in Canada.
The couple were originally supposed to have helped host the Buckingham Palace welcome for the African summit leaders.
Instead brother William and wife Kate fronted the event, along with Prince Edward, wife Sophie and Princess Anne.
By choosing to miss the reception Harry passed up the chance to publicly show that he and William have ended their feud.
But William gave Harry a mention in his welcoming speech, saying: “The African continent holds a very special place in my heart. It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died.”
Harry has been in the UK without his family for 11 days following his and Meghan’s announcement they planned to step back from royal duties.
Meghan was pictured in The Sun walking with Archie and her two dogs, black Labrador Oz and beagle Guy, as she waited for Harry to touch down.
Flanked by two Royal Protection Officers, the Duchess of Sussex went for a stroll in a park close to the oceanfront home where she has spent most of the past two months.
She was beaming – perhaps excited at the imminent arrival of her husband and the chance to start their new life together.
Harry has more engagements in Britain in the next couple of months as they “transition” away from being full-time royals so will have to be shuttle between the two counties – but Meghan is not expected back in the UK for the foreseeable future.
It is not known when he will return but a Sussex source said there were “more engagements to come” in Britain for the prince before the spring.
During their six-week Christmas break, Harry and Meghan stayed in an £11 million waterfront mansion on Vancouver Island, located on Canada’s southwestern coast.
Archie has not been in the UK at all this year, having not returned since the festive holiday.
The family could make the island their home base, while Meghan is said to be keen on Toronto, calling the city her “second home” after spending seven years there filming legal drama Suits.
The city has well-heeled neighbourhoods including Forest Hill and Deer Park, home to Meghan’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney, and her TV presenter husband Ben, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian.
She has praised the city for its lack of paparazzi.
She said: “It’s really funny because I think as much of a big city as Toronto is, it’s so different from LA or New York. There [are] no paparazzi so it’s really easy to just have a normal life.”
In Canada, Meghan plans to campaign on issues close to her heart – such as the two organisations for vulnerable women and children in Vancouver where she made her first post-Megxit visits last week.
TWO-YEAR FEUD OVER
Earlier today Prince Harry met Boris Johnson and other world leaders at the UK Africa Investment Summit in Greenwich after he told of his “great sadness” at ditching the Royal Family.
Asked during a visit to a hospice on Monday whether she would miss Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Cornwall responded “of course”.
As he jetted off to Canada, big brother Prince William hosted a huge bash at Buckingham Palace for the 21 African delegations and their spouses.
It is the first time the Queen has asked him to host a major state occasion inside the Palace as he gears up for his future role as King.
It comes as The Sun revealed today how Harry and William have ended their two-year feud after realising it was “now or never”.
The pair made up in man-to-man peace talks away from the high-stress royal summit at Sandringham with their dad Prince Charles and the Queen.
But sources say Harry is still at odds with his father over the sensational decision to quit the royal family.
On Sunday night told of his “great sadness” over his decision to step down and move abroad with baby Archie.
Speaking at a private event for his charity Sentebale at The Ivy restaurant, he said: “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly.”
Harry, 35, told friends and supporters: “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
The Duke claimed he wasn’t walking away from the Royal Family but it “wasn’t possible” to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and the Military without public funding.
But making a point of his new non-royal status, he said: “I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share — not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry.”
He also expressed sorrow his military titles had been taken away from him – praising everyone “who has supported injured veterans” on Instagram today.
‘MORE INDEPENDENT LIFE’
On Saturday The Queen confirmed that from the spring they will relinquish their HRH titles as they seek “a more independent life” in North America.
During the talks, all options were on the table and the Evening Standard has reported the Queen had the choice of stripping Harry of his dukedom and using one of his lesser titles.
The newspaper quoted a source as saying it was “seriously considered” but another source told PA this was “categorically untrue”.
The discussions to resolve the crisis between officials and members of the royal family were described as “extremely friendly and constructive” when they ended.
The couple will not receive public funds anymore and will have to pay the taxpayer the £2.4 million that was spent on refurbishing Frogmore Cottage.
They will need to pay the estimated £30,000 a month upkeep bills at the Windsor home – but will be allowed to keep funding from Charles’ person income from the Duchy of Cornwall and are now free to cash in on commercial ventures.
The Sun says
THE problem with Harry saying he and Meghan had no option but to move abroad to avoid our “powerful media” is that not a word of it is true.
It is sheer paranoia to say the Press has done anything but legitimately scrutinise a publicly-funded couple.
And the reality is they do not want to avoid media. They want to avoid criticism. Indeed they crave media attention if it meekly writes their PR puff pieces.
Corbyn’s Labour is the same.
As for having no choice, what drivel.
They could have grown up, developed a thicker skin and done their royal duty as they first promised.
To pretend that dark forces made them seek a vast fortune as A-list celebs in the LA sunshine is self-serving cobblers.
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Questions have been raised about how Harry and Meghan will continue with their “Sussex Royal” brand when they cease being working royals.
This issue and other questions – including funding for the couple and their son Archie’s protection – have yet to be resolved.
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