Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are enjoying their last few days of vacation bliss until they return to their royal duties in the U.K. in 2020. The Sussexes have been on hiatus for the past six weeks, spending time together and with their infant son, Archie Harrison, for the holiday season.
Escaping the royal spotlight and the hustle and bustle of their lives in London — the pair have been spotted vacationing on Vancouver Island in Canada. The private island has allowed the royal couple a fair bit of autonomy as they reconnect with one another. Their loved ones, like Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, have also dropped by.
Though the pair have been hiking, jogging, and taking in the sites, their living accommodations have been plush and lavish.
This is why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to vacation in Canada
Prior to meeting Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex was an actress starring on the hit drama series, Suits. The show filmed in Toronto, Canada, a city that became a second home for Markle. When she and the prince began dating, they were able to keep their romance under wraps. As a result, the country has always been extra special for the duo.
“As has been reported, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are spending private time in Canada,” a royal spokesperson confirmed to Royal reporter Omid Scobie. “The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both. Whilst this emails confirms the country they are taking their family time in, for security reasons we will not be releasing any further details and request that their privacy is respected.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been enjoying the Canadian outdoors
Having privacy has allowed the Sussexes to be more carefree. Residents of Vancouver Island have spotted them hiking and jogging. “Horth Hill’s become a very popular place now. And they jog around, so they’ve been seen,” Deep Cove Chalet co-owner Bev Koffel said. “It’s kind of exciting. I hope everything goes fine for them. They’re breaking away from tradition and I just wish them all the best.”
Thankfully, everyone has been very respectful of the duke and duchess so no photos have leaked.
Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s $14 million Vancouver Island mansion
The Sussexes have been staying at a $14.1 million waterfront mansion owned by a mystery millionaire. The estate sits on four acres and has access to two beaches. According to Daily Mail, the home is “fully furnished, with a 11,416 square foot main house with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms and a 2,349 square foot guest cottage with three beds and two baths.”
In addition to the massive square footage, the estate has, “a formal dining room, paneled office with fireplace, large two-story living room opening to the chef’s kitchen with pizza oven, game room with wet bar, media room and wine tasting room.”
For the Sussexes arrival — temporary fencing, screens, cameras and a team of security guards have been put in place for privacy.