The Palace just announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently in Canada and will be spending some time there. In response, Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, went on Twitter and welcomed the royal couple, and their 7-month-old son Archie.
“Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie, we’re all wishing you a quiet and blessed stay in Canada,” he wrote Friday night. “You’re among friends, and always welcome here.”
Justin Trudeau also tweeted out the welcoming message in French.
Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie, we’re all wishing you a quiet and blessed stay in Canada. You’re among friends, and always welcome here.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 21, 2019
Canada, and Toronto in particular, have a special place in Meghan’s heart, as the former-actress used to live here while filming her TV series Suits.
Earlier this month, The St. Felix Centre, which is a non-profit organization that helps vulnerable members of Toronto’s community, shared a never-before-seen photograph of the Duchess, in honour of the royal couple choosing to follow their organization on social media. The couple uses their media accounts to highlight certain organizations each month, and for December they choose St. Felix Centre.
In the photograph, we see Meghan posing alongside volunteers that help at the organization. She is rocking the casual look, not the usual fancy royal outfits we see her in, instead of going for a jacket over a striped shirt and a baseball cap to top it off. The charity revealed that during her stay in Toronto, Meghan was an “active supporter and volunteer” to them.
“She volunteered on a regular basis in our kitchen as part of our Community Meals Program,” they captioned the shot on Instagram. “The Duchess also donated food from the set of Suits, and on one Thanksgiving she brought in all the food, turkeys and the fixings for over 100 people.”
In the statement released by the palace did not go into details, not revealing where the couple actually are or will be visiting, it did, however, say that Harry, 35, and Meghan’s decision to base themselves in the country “reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both.”
“The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family,” the statement continued. “They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son.”
It was previously revealed that the couple would be taking around six weeks off from their royal duties, instead choosing to spend the rest of the year and holiday season as a family, distancing themselves from the intense scrutiny the couple have faced throughout the year.
“The duke and duchess have a full schedule of engagements and commitments until mid-November, after which they will be taking some much-needed family time,” a royal source has confirmed.
We also know for certain that the Sussex will not be present at the annual holiday festivities at Sandringham, along with the rest of the royal family and the Queen, instead, they will be celebrating Christmas with Meghan’s mother, Doria, but the location where is unknown.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland. This decision is in line with the precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”