After days cooped up inside her $14million loaner mansion, Meghan Markle took son Archie for a walk in the woods Monday morning in Vancouver, Canada.
The soon-to-be-ex-royal bundled up in layers for a stroll in Horth Hill Regional Park just a couple of miles from the oceanfront home where she has spent most of the past two months on Canada’s Vancouver Island.
Holding her two dogs, black lab Oz and beagle Guy on leashes, there was no sign of the drama of Megxit on the Duchess of Sussex’s smiling face as she held her eight-month-old son on her chest in a snuggly baby carrier.
Prince Harry jetted out to Canada to be with Meghan and Archie but missed his brother William’s first solo reception at Buckingham Palace where he ushered in a new era for the royals.
It is another stepping stone for William in the long preparation for him becoming king and showcased the royal family’s new order post-Harry, with the Duke of Cambridge supported by his wife Kate, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne as they welcomed 21 African delegations to the Queen’s London home.
The Queen and Prince Charles were not in attendance at the reception to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit and Prince Harry was understood to be in the air this evening and on his way to Vancouver, in order not to overshadow his brother’s big night.
Earlier in the day, Harry held private bilateral meetings with Moroccan PM Saad-Eddine El Othmani Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi and Filipe Nyusi, president of Mozambique at the request of the Government.
Meanwhile William held his own meetings at Buckingham Palace with Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Adda and Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda.
And it emerged that the Prince of Wales had hosted Nigeria’s President Mohammaddu Buhari at Dumfries House in Scotland on Sunday.
On Monday, Meghan wrapped up in layers under a green beanie hat, wearing black leggings and her favorite Kamick ankle-high brown hiking boots. Archie was dressed in a white onesie and bootees.
Two Royal Protection Officers strolled behind her at a discreet distance as she enjoyed the warmest morning for days on Canada’s Vancouver Island, where it has been freezing, raining or snowing for most of her stay.
Meghan is waiting for husband Prince Harry, 35, to arrive in Canada after finalizing details of the couple’s formal split from the British Royal Family. With Vancouver eight hours behind London, Harry was expected to arrive within the day.
He was at a meeting of African leaders in Greenwich, London, on Monday morning. He pointedly did not attend a dinner for the leaders hosted by brother Prince William at Buckingham Palace.
Today, Harry was at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in Greenwich for a number of private meetings with heads of state in one of his final events as a senior royal this morning.
Despite the drama of the past fortnight, William and Kate appeared without a care in the world as they received a line of visiting Heads of State and their partners in the Music Room.
Harry had agreed to attend today’s summit before the Sussexes sensationally quit 11 days ago, and prior to quitting, he would almost certainly have been there to support his older sibling, who for the first time was asked by the Queen to host a major state occasion.
It has been reported Prince Harry’s rift with William has been repaired but he is still at odds with Charles following the Duke of Sussex’s dramatic exit from royal life.
The two-year quarrel stopped after they realized it was ‘now or never’, with Harry flying to Canada.
Secret peace talks, helped by the Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge, were separate from conversations involving the Queen over Harry’s future role.
Today it was claimed the Queen and Prince Charles decided not to strip Prince Harry of their HRH titles and Duke and Duchess of Sussex rank to avoid looking ‘petty’.
Her Majesty is said to have considered stripping the couple of their most prized titles and instead referring to them as the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton – putting them at the same level as Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex.
However, the Queen and Prince Charles are believed to have felt preventing the couple from using ‘HRH’ in public and for commercial use – while still officially retaining the title – was a sufficient enough change.
A source told the Evening Standard: ‘The Sussex title is one of the ancient royal dukedoms given to him ahead of his wedding to Meghan, along with other titles. Removing it was seriously considered and discussed at the highest level.’
Under the terms of Megxit, Harry and Meghan will keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the courtesy HRH — but they will not use the initials.
Palace officials were last night forced to admit they had made a blunder by announcing Meghan would take the title of a divorced woman.
After confirming that she and Harry will give up their HRH – His and Her Royal Highness – titles, aides said the couple would instead be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
But as Harry boarded a flight to start his new life with Meghan and baby Archie, palace officials at home were scrambling to confirm the couple’s correct titles after admitting they had got them wrong.
MailOnline understands Harry has no more official engagements in his diary after today.
Last night Harry told an event for his HIV prevention charity Sentebale he had ‘no other option’ but to quit his role.
Harry said the couple would continue to lead a life of service and were taking a ‘huge leap of faith.’
He added: ‘I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me.
‘Together you have given me an education about living and this role has taught me more about what it right and just than I could ever have imagined.
‘We are taking a leap of faith so thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.’
In an adorable moment, Harry also revealed his son Archie, who is in Canada with Meghan, recently saw snow for the first time.
He told the audience: ‘It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service. So in that respect, nothing changes.
‘It has also been a privilege to meet so many of you and to feel your excitement for our son Archie – who saw snow for the first time the other day and thought it was bloody brilliant!
‘I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander-in-chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months.’
He will be reunited with Archie and Meghan, who he has not seen for almost two weeks.
It is not known when he will return but a Sussex source told MailOnline there is ‘more to come’ in Britain for the prince before the spring.
Meghan, 38, had not been seen since last Thursday when she drove a Range Rover to pick up her pilates instructor Heather Dorak at Victoria Airport.
Dorak stayed the weekend at Mille Fleurs, the oceanfront mansion in North Saanich where she has been staying.
It is at least the second time the duchess has gone walking in picturesque Horth Hill Park during her stay on Vancouver Island.
She and Harry took a hike there on New Year’s Day, before he flew back to London to sort out the details of their split from the Royal Family.
But it is expected they will spend most of their time in North America, meaning Archie will have little contact with his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
During a visit to Prospect House in Wroughton, the Duchess of Cornwall broke her silence on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down as royals, saying the couple would be missed.
Camilla, 72, was asked for her thought on Mexit during a visit to the Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, as she helped to celebrate the facility’s 40th anniversary year.
While meeting hospice staff, the wife of Prince Charles was asked by a reporter: ‘Will you miss Harry and Meghan?’. Camilla smiled and replied: ‘Of course’.
Horth Hill Regional Park is just a couple of miles from Mille Fleurs, the $14million oceanfront mansion where Harry and Meghan stayed for six weeks at the end of last year and where she has been with eight-month-old sArchie for the past 10 days.
On the previous visit, Harry and Meghan shocked local couple Iliya Pavlovic and Asymina Kantorowicz who were taking selfies when the soon-to-be-ex-royals walked past and offered to snap pictures of the couple, according to CTV News.
‘I froze up, I actually couldn’t believe who it was,’ Kantorowicz said. ‘I kept looking back and forth like, ‘Is this actually happening?’
Kantorowicz, who lives some 15 miles away in Victoria, British Columbia, said Meghan handed her phone back and wished her a Happy New Year and the two couples went on their way. Harry and Meghan were with their dogs and her Suits co-star Abigail Spencer.
Harry and Meghan now have to decide in which part of Canada they are to make their future. It is understood he would like to stay on the west coast around Vancouver while she would prefer Toronto where she lived while she was filming Suits.
Harry spoke on Sunday night of his ‘great sadness’ at leaving the royals and claimed he and Meghan were ‘not just walking away.’
‘Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited. We were hopeful and we were here to serve. For those reasons it brings me great sadness that it has come to this,’ he said in London at a meeting of Sentebale, an AIDS and HIV charity he founded in 2006.
‘The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. 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.’
Harry said he wanted his audience to hear ‘the truth’ from him ‘not as a Prince or a Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years — but with a clearer perspective.’
He added: ‘We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride.
‘Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful and we were here to serve.
‘For this reason it brings me great sadness that it has come to this.’
Harry has defiantly backed an Army charity amid claims he is grieving after the Queen and Prince Charles’ insisted he is stripped of his official military roles for quitting.
He used the Sussex Royal Instagram account to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Walking With The Wounded charity and shared a series of photographs of him supporting them around the world.
Harry must step away from his three official military roles but has vowed to always maintain his links with his fellow soldiers and today praised ‘the resilience and strength’ of those ‘injured in service to their country’.
The emotive Instagram post said: ‘The Duke has worked hard to raise awareness over the years, including an expedition to the North Pole in 2011, trekking across the South Pole with 12 injured servicemen from the UK, the US and the Commonwealth in 2013, and joining wounded veterans for their incredible 1,000-mile walk of Britain in 2015!’
They will also repay the British taxpayer 2.4 million pounds ($3.1 million) for extensive renovations to Frogmore House in Windsor, which they will continue to use as their base when in Britain.
As the public waits to hear more about what they will do to earn a living, the internet has become obsessed with Beyonce’s awkward reaction to Prince Harry’s pitch for a job to a top Disney executive.
The couple was seen on camera in a newly unearthed video attending The Lion King premiere on July 9 where they spoke with some of Hollywood’s most influential figures.
Footage shows Harry praising his wife’s voiceover skills to the film’s director Jon Favreau as Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay-Z look on.
During the exchange, Beyonce is seen covering her face before uncomfortably looking away.
She added: ‘But basically, Harry is asking Bob for a job for Meghan. Meghan’s pretending it’s not happening. Despite having planned that.’
Another added: ‘This is painful to watch. Everyone seems so uncomfortable, especially while Meghan is speaking with Beyoncé.’