Prince Harry is traveling back to Canada to be reunited with his family.
The flame-haired royal has jetted off to Vancouver Island to be with his wife, Duchess Meghan and their eight-month-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Duke of Sussex is believed to have taken a mid afternoon flight on Monday (20.01.20) to the North American country after attending the UK-Africa Investment Summit in Greenwich alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
It comes after Prince Harry admitted he had “no other option but to step back” from the Royal Family after a deal was reached for the couple to step down as “senior” members of the Royal Family as per their bombshell request a couple of weeks ago.
Speaking at an event for his charity Sentebale, held at the Ivy Chelsea Club in London, he said in his lengthy speech: “So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share – 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. The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change. I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life … I also know you’ve come to know me well enough over all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do. And she does, and she’s the same woman I fell in love with. 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 those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. 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. What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you. Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.”
Meanwhile, Samantha Markle worries Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry “will never find true happiness”.
The Duchess of Sussex’s estranged half-sibling has claimed she fears for Meghan’s son Archie and she “does worry about his future”.
Writing in an opinion piece for The Sun newspaper: “It is clear Meghan cares for Archie, but I do worry about his future. There doesn’t seem to have been a lot of consideration given to his cousins George, Charlotte and Louis and how often he will see them. Harry has put Meghan above his brother, father and grandmother. A house divided cannot stand. I am worried that Meghan and Harry will never find true happiness. They could not find contentment with the Royal Family, will they be able to find it away from them? Maybe they will meet up with counselors who can help them to heal the wounds.”
And Samantha – who has not spoken to the Duchess since 2014 – has claimed she has “ripped through the Royal Family like a tornado”
In the lengthy piece, she added: “My sister has ripped through the Royal Family like a tornado. With this historic institution close to collapse, we have to ask whether peace can really be found … Meghan knew the social requirements of joining the Royal Family. She should have asked herself if she was willing and able to behave in accordance with the expectations.
“Her Majesty’s words show great diplomacy but Meghan’s behavior has so far not been diplomatic. A diplomat wouldn’t fall out with her own family … She watched the media taunt and torture my dad, never springing to his defense like a true humanitarian would … The Queen, at 93, shouldn’t have had to face the stress of seeing her family torn apart. Meghan hasn’t stepped forward to minimize the damage.”
The couple is expected to spend some time away from the public eye, as they settle into their new lives in Canada.