Meghan Markle Heads to Canada Leaving Prince Harry Behind Amid Royal Fallout

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped a huge bombshell on the world this week. They announced that they would be stepping back from their positions as senior royals in order to forge a new path for themselves. Though this isn’t the first time that a royal has stepped back from his duties for love, people have been shocked that a modern royal would actually want to be independent.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Since the announcement, the public has broken up into two distinct camps. One group of people is thrilled that the Sussexes will get to have more freedom and will get a bit of a reprieve from the constant scrutiny of the media. The other side feels that Prince Harry and Markle are ungrateful for the privilege of being royal and accuse them of using the British public’s money to fund their wedding.

But despite the backlash, the couple is moving forward with their plans.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce they are stepping down

Markle and Harry made their big announcement via Instagram.

“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 captioned a picture of the two of them. “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,” the caption continued. “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.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

Meghan Markle leaves England

After the news came out that the couple was stepping down, people were waiting with bated breath to see what the royal couple would do next.

Surprisingly, Markle flew back to Canada, which is where the family had spent the majority of their Christmas break. Harry, on the other hand, stayed behind in England, to discuss how to move forward with his family.

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As we continue to reflect on some of the organisations supported by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, today we wanted to share more about @TheMayhew, an animal welfare charity which The Duchess became Patron of earlier this year. Mayhew believes in the power of community and the special bond between humans and animals, which is why their programming does not simply focus on rescuing animals but rather takes a more holistic approach to shaping the lives of pets and humans, alike. Their TheraPaws dogs and volunteers now visit not just care homes and hospitals, but also mental health facilities and youth groups – expanding the benefits of animal assisted therapy into much needed areas. They also work with the homeless community assisting with treatments and check ups for their pets so that the most vulnerable can trust that their pet will remain by their side. This year, Mayhew has continued its specialized work overseas, vaccinating more than 30,000 dogs against rabies and other diseases, and empowering locals to improve animal welfare humanely and sustainably. The Duchess is also proud that they are creating opportunities for women, with the female led vet team in Kabul neutering 2,500 dogs so far this year. As a long-time rescue dog owner, The Duchess of Sussex is proud to be Mayhew’s Patron and applauds them for the vital work that they do every day. Please visit @TheMayhew to learn more, as Mayhew continue their very important contribution to the community for all of us and the pets we hold dear. Photo © PA / Ivan Flores / Tamara Yoxall

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The pair’s son, Archie, remained in Canada after the holidays when Harry and Markle flew back to London. It has been reported that Archie stayed with Markle’s friend, stylist Jessica Mulroney, when his parents left.

Hopefully, Harry will be able to join his family in Canada soon and the trio will be able to get the peace that they deserve.