The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada after revealing plans to “step back” and become “financially independent” from the royal family.
Prince Harry and Meghan had only recently arrived in the UK, after spending a six-week break in Canada, without their son Archie.
It is believed that he has been in the care of Meghan’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney, who lives in Toronto; while his parents flew home to announce the surprising news to the royals.
On Friday, a spokesperson confirmed that the Duchess has left the UK to rejoin with her son and is expected to stay there for the foreseeable future.
Prince Harry remained in the UK to continue the discussion with the palace about the big move. He is also hosting the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw next week.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their decision to step back from royal duties on Wednesday.
“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,” they wrote on Instagram.
“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.”