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Meghan beams carrying Archie and walking her dogs as Harry boards a flight to Vancouver

After days cooped up inside her $14million loaner mansion, Meghan Markle took son Archie for a walk in the woods Monday morning, as Prince Harry prepared to make his way to 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. 

Meghan Markle took son Archie for a walk in the woods Monday morning in Vancouver, Canada

Two Royal Protection Officers strolled behind her at a discreet distance for the outing

Two Royal Protection Officers strolled behind her at a discreet distance for the outing 

Meghan Markle took son Archie for a walk in the woods Monday morning in Vancouver, Canada

She smiled strolling through Horth Hill Regional Park holding her two dogs, black lab Oz and beagle Guy on leashes

Meghan Markle took son Archie for a walk in the woods Monday morning in Vancouver, Canada. She smiled strolling through Horth Hill Regional Park holding her two dogs, black lab Oz and beagle Guy on leashes

Harry, Duke of Sussex arrives to attend the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London Monday before jetting off to Canada

Harry, Duke of Sussex arrives to attend the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London Monday before jetting off to Canada

On Monday, Meghan wrapped up in layers under a fawn 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.

The Duchess of Sussex held her eight-month-old son on her chest in a snuggly baby carrier as she waited for husband Prince Harry to arrive

The Duchess of Sussex held her eight-month-old son on her chest in a snuggly baby carrier as she waited for husband Prince Harry to arrive

She wrapped up in layers under a fawn beanie hat, wearing black leggings and her favorite Kamick ankle-high brown hiking boots

She wrapped up in layers under a fawn beanie hat, wearing black leggings and her favorite Kamick ankle-high brown hiking boots

Archie was dressed in a white onesie and bootees

Archie was dressed in a white onesie and bootees

He was at a meeting of African leaders in Greenwich, London, on Monday morning and is expected to fly to his wife’s side early this week. He pointedly did not attend a dinner for the leaders hosted by brother Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

At the Greenwich conclave, he took a 20-minute meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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. 

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.  

Two Royal Protection Officers strolled behind her at a discreet distance

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

Two Royal Protection Officers strolled behind her at a discreet distance

It is at least the second time the duchess has gone walking in picturesque Horth Hill Park during her stay on Vancouver Island

It is at least the second time the duchess has gone walking in picturesque Horth Hill Park during her stay on Vancouver Island

It was one of the warmest mornings for days on Canada's Vancouver Island, where it has been freezing, raining or snowing

It was one of the warmest mornings for days on Canada’s Vancouver Island, where it has been freezing, raining or snowing

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Harry spoke on Sunday night of his 'great sadness' at leaving the royals and claimed he and Meghan were 'not just walking away'

Harry spoke on Sunday night of his ‘great sadness’ at leaving the royals and claimed he and Meghan were ‘not just walking away’

Meghan Markle is the picture of a happy mom as she enjoys a casual stroll through a neighborhood park this morning

Meghan Markle is the picture of a happy mom as she enjoys a casual stroll through a neighborhood park this morning

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.

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 8-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.’

The former Duchess of Sussex couldn't look more relaxed or happy as she carried baby Archie in a sling while holding her two dogs Guy and Oz

The former Duchess of Sussex couldn’t look more relaxed or happy as she carried baby Archie in a sling while holding her two dogs Guy and Oz

Markle appears to be settling into her life as a commoner quite smoothly

Markle appears to be settling into her life as a commoner quite smoothly

Her dog Guy was also sporting a red sweater

Her dog Guy was also sporting a red sweater

‘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.’

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

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

 

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