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US News Meghan Markle drops into another Vancouver women's group to discuss 'climate justice for girls' - as charity boss reveals duchess' assistant sent 'mysterious' email asking if she could make 'impromptu' visit

12:40  16 january  2020
12:40  16 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Meghan Markle drops into another Vancouver women ' s group to discuss ' climate justice for girls ' In what could be his final official engagement before joining Meghan Markle and baby Archie in Canada, Harry said: 'It is not just about being physically fit but more importantly mentally strong.

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Meghan Markle visiting the Justice for Girls group in Canada yesterday, after she was previously seen visiting another women's rights group in Vancouver. © Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan Markle visiting the Justice for Girls group in Canada yesterday, after she was previously seen visiting another women's rights group in Vancouver.

Meghan Markle has popped up again in Vancouver to support a feminist climate change group called 'Justice for Girls' as 5,000 miles away her husband prepares for his first public event since they sensationally quit as royals. 

The Duchess of Sussex visited campaigners who said the former Suits star, who donned a cashmere sweater she wore on the show, discussed 'issues affecting women' including how rising global temperatures and the justice system 'disproportionately' hits women and girls around the world.

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Her latest appearance was on Tuesday afternoon, after she visited the Downtown Eastside Women's Center in Vancouver by sea plane having lefty Archie with his nanny at the family’s £10.7million bolthole on Vancouver Island, but was only publicised on the 'Justice for Girls' Twitter account last night.  

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Today it emerged she broke cover at the vulnerable women’s centre after a ‘mysterious’ email from a Hotmail account arrived asking if she could visit drop in. It came from Meghan's 'assistant’ - not a royal aide, according to the centre's boss Kate Gibson.   

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Today in London Prince Harry will carry out his first engagement since the Sussexes 'went nuclear' and quit as frontline royals and announced plans to emigrate.  

The Duke is helping launch the Rugby World Cup 2021 at Buckingham Palace this morning and also released two official social media videos in 12 hours in a signal of how he plans to engage with the world going forward. 

First he posted a video to announce his beloved Invictus Games will be hosted in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 2022, before this morning publishing a film urging men to avoid 'grinning and bearing it' as he launched his Mental Fitness Charter.

a woman sitting at a table © Provided by Daily Mail

The programme will include mental health awareness workshops for 8,000 young rugby league players and their families and training for grass roots coaches to deliver their own mental fitness workshops outside the tournament.

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As Prince Harry prepares to be reunited with his wife and son in Canada, the country's biggest newspaper has told them they are not welcome to live there.

In a scathing editorial, The Globe and Mail said: 'Canada is not a halfway house for anyone looking to get out of Britain while remaining a royal.'

Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau tweeted before Christmas that Harry, Meghan and eight-month-old Archie 'were among friends, and always welcome here'.

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Wallis Simpson, Edward VIII of the United Kingdom are posing for a picture: Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's shock announcement that they are stepping back as 'senior' royals this January, there has been growing speculation as to whether they will go as far as giving up their titles altogether. But it's nothing new: by choice, law or the result of scandal, a surprising number of kings, queens, princes and princesses have forgone their privileges and given up their titles, including Harry's great grandfather, the former King Edward VIII (pictured). Click or scroll through as we look at some notable cases, and what happened next. 

But yesterday the nation's most influential newspaper condemned the couple's 'vague and evolving plan to move to Canada while remaining part of the Royal Family', adding: 'The Trudeau government's response should be simple and succinct: No.' 

Harry said: 'I am proud to support the Rugby League World Cup 2021 mental fitness charter. This charter will build on the brilliant work already happening in rugby league by committing to training and educating all those involved in the tournament, and the wider rugby league family, not only in how they can look after their own mental fitness but also support others to do the same'

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a group of people posing for a photo: The Duchess also made a surprise visit to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center in Vancouver yesterday to 'offer support' and to 'boost the staff's spirits'. The boss revealed a non-Palace aide set it up using a Hotmail account that surprised them © Provided by Daily Mail The Duchess also made a surprise visit to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center in Vancouver yesterday to 'offer support' and to 'boost the staff's spirits'. The boss revealed a non-Palace aide set it up using a Hotmail account that surprised them Harry will not be flying back to join Meghan and Archie in Canada after today' event as he and his team continues to negotiate an abdication deal on money, titles and establishing their international commercial brand.   

It came as Harry's friends expressed concern after he 'cut off' contact with them while Meghan was pregnant, with many 'no longer having his phone number', according to People Magazine in the US. 

The Duke of Sussex stopped contacting many of his old friends some six months into his wife's pregnancy, creating a feeling of 'resentment' among the group, a royal source has claimed. 

However, he is believed to still be in touch with Charlie van Straubenzee, his old prep school companion and now godfather to his son, Archie, and they both attended each other's weddings just months apart in 2018. 

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The Duchess has carefully controlled media access at three engagements since she and Harry announced they would ‘amend their media relations policy’ to cut out the established press and communicate directly with the public. Last week selected photographs of the Sussexes visiting a community kitchen set up after the Grenfell Tower disaster were shared via their Instagram account. 

Zoe Craig-Sparrow, Co-Director at Justice for Girls, said they were honored to have Meghan join them on Tuesday

She said: 'The Duchess met with our Co-Directors as well as representatives from our Board of Directors and staff. The Duchess put everyone at ease and had a really engaged discussion with us for 90 minutes about our work and the rights of teenage girls who live in poverty. We were honored that she chose to have this conversation with us and is interested in the work we do'. 

The group adds that climate change is a threat to the lives and cultural rights of these girls and the charity is campaigning to stop the continued use and development of fossil fuels. 

Prince Harry's friends say he became 'cut off' from them when Meghan became pregnant

Harry's friends expressed concern after he 'cut off' contact with them while Meghan was pregnant. 

Many 'no longer having his phone number', according to People Magazine in the US. 

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: Prince Harry released a video on the 'Sussex Royal' Instagram to reveal the power his Invictus Games had to 'heal families', just days after he and Meghan announced they were leaving their roles as senior royals. He is understood to be remaining in the UK until at least early next week to meet with officials to help thrash out the details © Provided by Daily Mail Prince Harry released a video on the 'Sussex Royal' Instagram to reveal the power his Invictus Games had to 'heal families', just days after he and Meghan announced they were leaving their roles as senior royals. He is understood to be remaining in the UK until at least early next week to meet with officials to help thrash out the details The Duke of Sussex stopped contacting many of his old friends some six months into his wife's pregnancy, creating a feeling of 'resentment' among the group, a royal source has claimed. 

However, he is believed to still be in touch with Charlie van Straubenzee, his old prep school companion and now godfather to his son, Archie, and they both attended each other's weddings just months apart in 2018. 

Meanwhile, another source told People magazine that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex felt they had to step back from their official roles because of 'bad blood' in the Royal Family.

A friend of the couple said their decision to stand down as senior royals became 'inevitable' as they felt increasingly ostracised.

They say Meghan was also hurt by 'negative press' and what she considered was her 'outsider status as a bi-racial American'. 

The source spoke to the US magazine, which has also previously run a story defending Meghan which it said came from five of her close friends. 

Earlier, it was revealed Harry will not be flying back to join Meghan and Archie in Canada just yet, as he continues to thrash out the details of the 'Megxit' deal after it was confirmed the Sussexes would be stepping down as senior royals.

Prince Harry holding a sign: The release of the video comes as a source told People Magazine in the US that Harry had lost contact with many of his old friends © Provided by Daily Mail The release of the video comes as a source told People Magazine in the US that Harry had lost contact with many of his old friends But Harry broke cover for the first time last night in a video on the 'Sussex Royal' Instagram page to reveal the power his Invictus Games had to 'heal families' after the Queen confirmed the split in the Royal Family on Monday. 

Meghan was also spotted on Tuesday, making a surprise visit to the Downtown Eastside Women's Center in Vancouver to 'offer support' and to 'boost the staff's spirits'. She was later spotted at a second event with the Justice For Girls group. 

Meanwhile, Prince William spoke yesterday about accepting 'challenges' and the 'need to move forward' as he and Kate made a spirited first appearance since Harry and Meghan's decision to quit.

The Duke of Cambridge was speaking to Near Neighbours - a group which brings together people of different religions and ethnicities - and said: 'It's sometimes trying to get people to understand that's it's OK to have these challenges.

'We just need to deal with them and we need to move forward rather than just be stuck in paralysis and pretend they don't happen, which is no good.'

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. sitting at a table: Prince William spoke about 'challenges' and the 'need to move forward' during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first joint engagement since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit as senior royals © Provided by Daily Mail Prince William spoke about 'challenges' and the 'need to move forward' during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first joint engagement since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit as senior royals The split in the family and a breakdown in his relationship with brother William have led to concern for Harry, with the US People Magazine report now suggesting that some of his friendships have also soured.

Who are Justice for Girls? The left-wing feminist organization that believes climate change 'disproportionately affects girls'

 As Meghan sat down with members of Canadian charity Justice for Girls, we take a look at the super liberal organization that believes climate change 'disproportionately affects girls' and blames 'colonization' for female poverty and homelessness.

The charity, formed in 1999, advocates for civil rights for women and indigenous people, and fights against violence against women, female poverty and climate change.

The feminist organization believes that global climate change is 'a grave and certain threat to the survival of children and future generations' and one that 'disproportionately impacts girls- especially Indigenous girls.' It's climate justice campaign is pushing for an end to fossil fuels, especially tar sands and shale gas. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. that are looking at the camera: The Duke of Cambridge was speaking to Near Neighbours - a group which brings together people of different religions and ethnicities - and said: 'It's sometimes trying to get people to understand that's it's OK to have these challenges (pictured: Kate looks lovingly at William as they help make Kulfi milkshakes at MyLahores flagship restaurant in Bradford) © Provided by Daily Mail The Duke of Cambridge was speaking to Near Neighbours - a group which brings together people of different religions and ethnicities - and said: 'It's sometimes trying to get people to understand that's it's OK to have these challenges (pictured: Kate looks lovingly at William as they help make Kulfi milkshakes at MyLahores flagship restaurant in Bradford) It also tackles the 'consequences of colonization' in Canada which they say are to blame for the 'grave social and economic marginalization' indigenous girls. 

'Indigenous girls in Canada face extreme and epidemic levels of violence, as well as poverty and other deeply rooted and pervasive social inequality as a result of colonization,' the charity website states.

The left-wing charity also states that the 'colonial destruction of indigenous communities' is behind the higher percentage of homeless women who are indigenous.

It's website describes how 'male violence' then becomes a daily reality for women living on the streets but states that 'men who abuse homeless girls rarely face consequences for their attacks.'

'Most no longer even have his cell number,' the unnamed source said. 'They totally understand that men often drift from their friends after marriage, but there's still a lot of resentment because they had been so close for so long.' 

Discussing their split from the royal family, another source told the magazine: 'This is not how they wanted to handle this but Meghan and Harry's hand was forced,' the magazine quoted a friend as saying yesterday. There is so much bad blood in that family – it's toxic. If relationships had been better, things would have been different.'

a woman talking on a cell phone: Kate is handed white roses in Centenary Square in Bradford today as crowds went wild for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today © Provided by Daily Mail Kate is handed white roses in Centenary Square in Bradford today as crowds went wild for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today The friend gives credence to the claim that Harry was offended by his elder brother William warning him about moving too fast in his relationship with actress Meghan.

The source added: 'Meghan and Harry didn't feel they got enough comfort or solace from them [the royals].'

Previous reports have emerged over recent years that suggest Harry and Meghan have slowly weakened ties with the prince's old crowd of drinking buddies as they drew closer to the likes of Serena Williams and George and Amal Clooney. 

An article published in the May 2019 issue of Tatler magazine claimed Harry had 'banished' childhood friend Mr Inskip, affectionately known as 'Skippy'.

The article stated: 'Hang out with the Clooney/Beckham/Soho House set and be assailed for being too Hollywood, for forcing your hen-pecked husband to abandon his old, country-set muckers – including Tom 'Skippy' Inskip, the ultra-loyal, tight-lipped Harry pal, who, it's said, advised Harry not to marry Meghan and has paid the price: banishment.'

A separate report in the Daily Express in October 2018 claimed that Mr Inksip, along with PR guru Astrid Harbord, another former friend of Harry, had been 'airbrushed out'. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. sitting at a table: William used a blender to make some traditional drinks while his wife laughs uproariously at his expense © Provided by Daily Mail William used a blender to make some traditional drinks while his wife laughs uproariously at his expense

The article stated: 'Like several others who were considered a questionable influence on Harry during his bad old bachelor days, Tom has been dropped, even though he himself now has a lovely wife, Lara.' 

Banker Mr Inskip, who knows Harry from Eton, was with the prince during his infamous trip to Las Vegas in 2012, when the prince was photographed naked during a game of 'strip billiards'.

Tom also partied with Harry during a trip to Croatia the previous year, when they were photographed jumping into a pool fully-clothed at a nightclub.

The source added to the Express: 'It's all part of Meghan's quiet airbrushing out of Harry's old posse. She doesn't want temptation - of any sort - being put in his way while they concentrate on starting a family.' 

a group of people posing for the camera: Kate was giggling as she helped make kulfi milkshakes at MyLahore restaurant, which has taken inspiration from Lahore, considered the food capital of Pakistan © Provided by Daily Mail Kate was giggling as she helped make kulfi milkshakes at MyLahore restaurant, which has taken inspiration from Lahore, considered the food capital of Pakistan Other rumours suggest Harry has drawn away from nightclub entrepreneur Guy Pelly, who is Prince Louis' godfather. 

However both men were invited to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding in May 2018, attending with their wives. 

Prince Harry had a key role at Tom's wedding in Jamaica in 2017, which marked one of Meghan's first appearances with the royal in public. 

The Duke of Sussex's relationship with Prince William is also believed to be at an 'all-time low', according to sources. 

a person is standing in the snow: Meghan is seen for the first time since 'Megxit' in Vancouver on Tuesday boarding a sea plane. There was speculation Meghan was barred from dialling in on Monday's Sandringham summit for security reasons, however Palace sources have said the Sussexes thought 'it wasn't necessary for the duchess to join' © Provided by Daily Mail Meghan is seen for the first time since 'Megxit' in Vancouver on Tuesday boarding a sea plane. There was speculation Meghan was barred from dialling in on Monday's Sandringham summit for security reasons, however Palace sources have said the Sussexes thought 'it wasn't necessary for the duchess to join'

Rumours of strife between the brothers circled for much of last year, before Harry finally addressed them in his and Meghan's ITV documentary with journalist Tom Bradby.

Asked to comment on rumours of a rift, Harry said: 'Part of this role, part of this job and this family being under the pressure it is under, inevitably stuff happens.

'But look, we are brothers, we will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and, as I know, he will always be there for me.'

He added: 'We don't see as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly and the majority of stuff is created out of nothing. As brothers, you have good days, you have bad days.'

a woman standing in a grassy field: A 2018 report suggested that PR guru Astrid Harbord, a former friend of the prince had been 'airbrushed out' of the royal's life. Pictured, Astrid at the Cartier Queen's Cup Polo Final 2019 © Provided by Daily Mail A 2018 report suggested that PR guru Astrid Harbord, a former friend of the prince had been 'airbrushed out' of the royal's life. Pictured, Astrid at the Cartier Queen's Cup Polo Final 2019 The Duke of Cambridge has also spoken of his sadness at the broken bond with Harry. 'I've put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can't do that any more; we're separate entities,' he told a friend according to The Sunday Times.

'I'm sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope the time comes when we're all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the same team.'

Meghan, 38, meanwhile, is regularly seen meeting her old friends, including longtime companion Jessica Mulroney, whose three children served as page boys and a flower girl at her wedding. 

Mulroney also reportedly babysat Archie in Canada while Harry and Meghan returned to London to discuss their decision to step back from their senior royal positions. 

Guy Pelly et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Other rumours suggest Harry has drawn away from nightclub entrepreneur Guy Pelly, who is Prince Louis' godfather. However Mr Pelly also attended the royal wedding with his wife © Provided by Daily Mail Other rumours suggest Harry has drawn away from nightclub entrepreneur Guy Pelly, who is Prince Louis' godfather. However Mr Pelly also attended the royal wedding with his wife

Meghan's Suits co-star Abigail Spencer has also recently spent time with the couple, having been spotted with them during a New Year's Day hike in Canada. 

As the Sussexes move forward with their plan to split time between Britain and Canada, both Mulroney and Meghan's mother Doria Ragland are expected to play a more active role in raising Archie.  

Harry broke cover for the first time after the Queen announced she would be allowing him and Meghan to quit the royal family. 

The Duke of Sussex posted a video about the Invictus Games today to announce that the 'story continues' with Dusseldorf in Germany hosting his charity sports competition for wounded veterans in 2022. 

a couple of people that are talking to each other: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have invested time into their friends in North America, including actress Abigail Spencer, whom they spent time with over their winter sabbatical. Pictured, Abigail with actress Priyanka Chopra at the Sussexes' wedding in May 2018 © Provided by Daily Mail The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have invested time into their friends in North America, including actress Abigail Spencer, whom they spent time with over their winter sabbatical. Pictured, Abigail with actress Priyanka Chopra at the Sussexes' wedding in May 2018 Harry's appearance follows the first sighting of Meghan since the crisis talks at Sandringham on Monday. The Duchess, who was absent from the meeting, was seen smiling as she boarded a sea plane on Vancouver Island in Canada yesterday.

On Monday, the Queen revealed in a deeply personal statement that she had agreed for Harry and Meghan to begin a 'new life' as an 'independent' family, a move which Meghan is understood to have pushed for just 20 months after their wedding.

Prince Harry is expected to remain in the UK into early next week to hammer out the details of this unprecedented arrangement with officials at Buckingham Palace before heading back to join Meghan and Archie in Canada.

a man looking at the camera: Prince Harry is also facing rumours of strife between him and his brother Prince William - something he didn't deny in an interview with ITV journalist Tom Brady © Provided by Daily Mail Prince Harry is also facing rumours of strife between him and his brother Prince William - something he didn't deny in an interview with ITV journalist Tom Brady

Tomorrow the Duke of Sussex will appear for perhaps the final time as a fully fledged royal when he hosts the draws for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup from the palace. 

The Queen is said to have pressed for her officials find a solution within days, however, royal experts say it will take far longer. 

'These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.' Her Majesty wrote in her statement. 

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge are posing for a picture: Ahead of the Sandringham summit it was reported that Prince Harry and his wife had feld 'bullied' by Prince William, a claim which was strenuously denied by the brothers in a joint statement (pictured: the Sussexes and the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace in 2018) © Provided by Daily Mail Ahead of the Sandringham summit it was reported that Prince Harry and his wife had feld 'bullied' by Prince William, a claim which was strenuously denied by the brothers in a joint statement (pictured: the Sussexes and the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace in 2018) The extraordinary meeting convened by the Queen was attended by Prince Charles and Prince William, while Meghan was in Canada with Archie.

There was speculation she had been barred from dialling in on the meeting from Vancouver for security reasons, however Palace sources have said the Sussexes thought 'it wasn't necessary for the duchess to join.'

Following the summit, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Sussexes were to have a 'transition period' and split their time between the UK and Canada. 

It is not clear how long this period will last, not least because of the complexities involved in their living 'independent' of the public purse.

The security bill alone for the Sussexes is estimated at around £1million per annum, meanwhile Harry is thought to draw a salary somewhere in the region of £2.3million each year from his father's estate, the Duchy of Cornwall.

a group of people posing for the camera: The estranged father of the Duchess of Sussex is expected to be called as a key witness for the defence in a court case she has brought against a newspaper (pictured: Meghan Markle as a youngster, with her father Thomas Markle) © Provided by Daily Mail The estranged father of the Duchess of Sussex is expected to be called as a key witness for the defence in a court case she has brought against a newspaper (pictured: Meghan Markle as a youngster, with her father Thomas Markle)

It also emerged yesterday that Meghan's father could be a 'star witness' when the Duchess takes on Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Mail on Sunday, at the High Court.

Today Meghan's half-sister Samantha said their father Thomas was ready for what has been dubbed 'the trial of the century.'    

Samantha Markle, 55, who is Mr Markle's daughter from his first marriage, told the BBC: 'If he is called, he will come.'

It comes after defence papers revealed yesterday that Associated Newspapers, the Mail on Sunday's publisher, could call Mr Markle, 75, as its star witness.

a person wearing sunglasses in front of a body of water: Samantha Markle, who is Thomas Markle's daughter from his first marriage, is pictured on US TV show Inside Edition on January 9. She said of Mr Markle today: 'If he is called, he will come' © Provided by Daily Mail Samantha Markle, who is Thomas Markle's daughter from his first marriage, is pictured on US TV show Inside Edition on January 9. She said of Mr Markle today: 'If he is called, he will come' The Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers for publishing a letter she wrote to her father in August 2018 in which chastised him for speaking to the press and how he had 'broken her heart into a million pieces'. 

Ms Markle has previously been highly critical in interviews about Meghan's character, including calling her a 'social climber with a soft spot for gingers'.

And last week she branded Meghan and Harry's decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family as a 'slap in the face'. 

Mr Markle has given lawyers previously unseen text messages sent in the build-up to Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry that reveal the breakdown of the relationship between father and daughter.

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'I was better looking than Harry when I was younger' says Thomas Markle - as he tells how he knew Meghan 'was going to be special' from birth .
'I was better looking than Harry when I was younger' says Thomas Markle - as he tells how he knew Meghan 'was going to be special' from birthThe Duchess of Sussex's estranged father has joked he was 'better looking' than Prince Harry when he was younger and that he knew Meghan was 'going to be special' from birth.

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