•   
  •   

US News Queen's aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement 'imminent' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple announced plan to quit royal life

05:40  18 january  2020
05:40  18 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

What the papers say – January 9

  What the papers say – January 9 Harry and Meghan’s decision to wind down their royal duties dominates the national papers on Thursday.The Sun captures the moment with a catchy headline, calling the couple’s decision “Megxit”.

Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple announced plan to quit royal life . Buckingham Palace is expected to release a statement on couple 'imminently'. Several issues remain to be ironed out like

Novelty royal merchandise featuring Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is still on sale around Windsor, but retailers have dropped prices on items featuring the Harry and Meghan merchandise is sold in knockdown deal in Windsor after couple choose to leave royal family for Canada. The area close to

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images) © 2019 Neil Mockford LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)

The Queen's aides were today finalising the details of the Megxit deal with an announcement 'imminent' on the future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the couple announced they would quit royal life.

Buckingham Palace is expected to release a statement on the couple 'imminently' on the terms of the couple's arrangement after Her Majesty ordered her courtiers to come up with a plan 'in days, not weeks'.

Sir Elton John is 'supporting' Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan

  Sir Elton John is 'supporting' Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Sir Elton John has been a "constant support" to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, amid their plans to step back as senior members of the Royal Family. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced this week they would be stepping down from their royal duties, and it has now been claimed that music legend Elton - who was a friend of Harry's late mother Princess Diana - has been a "shoulder to lean on" as the pair made their decision. One source told The Sunday Mirror newspaper: "Elton speaks to Harry and Meghan every day. He's an inspiration, an almost 'motherly' figure.

Others praised the prince for his choice in music saying: ' Prince Harry and Meghan sharing videos of their engagements with Stone Roses music playing in the Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple

Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple announced plan to quit royal life . Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger flashes her washboard abs as she joins the girl group for a VERY raunchy rehearsal

KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II departs in her Bentley car after attending Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on January 12, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) © 2020 Max Mumby/Indigo KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II departs in her Bentley car after attending Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on January 12, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

It is understood officials are yet to iron out several key issues, including the Sussexes' security, titles and future finances.

The Standard quoted senior palace officials who are understood to have been working to resolve the crisis 'at pace'.

It came as the Meghan took full advantage of her newfound independence from the Crown as she drove herself to a Canadian airport to pick up a pilates expert pal who jetted in from the US for the weekend.

It's ambitious to think there's already a plan for Harry and Meghan's exit

  It's ambitious to think there's already a plan for Harry and Meghan's exit Just 24 hours after Prince Harry and Meghan dropped their bombshell statement, the Queen was adamant that workable plans would be drawn up within days and not weeks. And on Saturday that was again made very clear - Her Majesty wants this all sorted out "at pace", summoning her family to see her in Sandringham to sort it out.It has been an unbelievable week for the House of Windsor, so the idea we're already potentially looking at well-thought-out solutions to how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex can step back as senior royals seems ambitious to say the least.

Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple announced plan Reclaiming her pre- royal style! Meghan Markle re-wears £530 down coat she sported on the Suits set to meet her pilates pal at the airport.

Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple announced plan to quit Beaming Meghan Markle drives herself to Canadian airport to pick up a friend on the same day that Harry made first public appearance.

a close up of a car: Buckingham Palace is expected to release a statement on the couple 'imminently' on the terms of the couple's arrangement after Her Majesty (pictured today) ordered her courtiers to come up with a plan 'in days, not weeks' © Provided by Daily Mail Buckingham Palace is expected to release a statement on the couple 'imminently' on the terms of the couple's arrangement after Her Majesty (pictured today) ordered her courtiers to come up with a plan 'in days, not weeks'

The Duchess of Sussex was spotted in photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com parked outside Victoria International Airport in a Land Rover Discovery on Thursday afternoon.

She appeared to be in high spirits as she chatted with a male companion in the front seat, believed to be personal security, for about 10 minutes until her friend Heather Dorak arrived.

Ms Dorak, who hails from San Antonio, Texas, but lives in California, became Meghan's pilates guru and attended the royal wedding in May 2018 with her husband Matt Cohen.

She runs the Pilates Platinum brand, which the Duchess started attending in Los Angeles when she starred in Suits.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will still get cash from The Bank Of Dad: Prince is expected to keep getting £2.3m Duchy of Cornwall cash from Charles while pair are free to do commercial deals

  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will still get cash from The Bank Of Dad: Prince is expected to keep getting £2.3m Duchy of Cornwall cash from Charles while pair are free to do commercial deals Tonight's bombshell announcement revealed the couple would give up Sovereign Grant money and will repay the £2.4million used for the Frogmore Cottage refurbishments.In a bombshell announcement this evening, Buckingham Palace revealed the couple would give up their Sovereign Grant money - which equates to about £100,000-a-year.

Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with And I believe that in the rumbling argument over Harry and Meghan 's future , the monarchy has become the vehicle for an emerging proxy war over what kind of nation Britain wants to be.

Prince Harry has been serving as a full-time member of the royal family since 2015, when he officially left his role within the British Army. Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple

a woman taking a selfie in a car: Meghan Markle appeared fresh and happy as she drove herself to the airport in Canada today, but was accompanied by a security guard © Provided by Daily Mail Meghan Markle appeared fresh and happy as she drove herself to the airport in Canada today, but was accompanied by a security guard Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: Prince Harry was pictured in London yesterday after he attended an event at Buckingham Palace. The Queen had recently held a summit meeting with senior members of the royal family © Provided by Daily Mail Prince Harry was pictured in London yesterday after he attended an event at Buckingham Palace. The Queen had recently held a summit meeting with senior members of the royal family

The friends were also both pregnant at the same time in late 2018, but their children were not with them at arrivals yesterday afternoon.

5,000 miles away in London her husband Harry made his first public appearance since the Megxit bombshell - and potentially his last engagement as a frontline royal - at the draw for the Rugby League World Cup at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

And Harry and Meghan's staff at Frogmore Cottage are reportedly being 'let go', in the surest sign yet the couple will settle permanently in Canada with the Duchess strongly rumoured never to return.

a man wearing a suit and tie standing next to a woman: It is understood officials are yet to iron out several key issues, including the Sussexes' security, titles and future finances © Provided by Daily Mail It is understood officials are yet to iron out several key issues, including the Sussexes' security, titles and future finances

EXCLUSIVE: Meghan Markle never actually stepped foot into Canada women's center but she met with staffers at the organization's office to give her 'support' instead

Harry and Meghan: Four key questions left unanswered about their future

  Harry and Meghan: Four key questions left unanswered about their future The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have walked away from the monarchy after having to choose between personal freedom and royal duty. In a statement issued on their behalf by Buckingham Palace, Harry and Meghan laid out the deal that had been agreed following a series of meetings.But while answering a number of key questions about their future roles, there are four areas where more clarification will be needed:How long will this arrangement last?Be under no illusion, it's because of the Queen that we're looking at a deal being done about the Sussexes' future so quickly.

Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with Against this backdrop it is no wonder that the Prince has been so dismayed by Harry ’s decision to turn his back on life within the Royal Family for an increasingly uncertain future outside it.

Following the emergency ‘ Megxit ’ summit at Sandringham on Monday, the Queen issued a statement in which she said there would be a ‘transition period’ in Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple

ByMartin Gould In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, For Dailymail.com

Meghan Markle never stepped foot inside the shabby Canadian women's refuge that she has been praised for visiting, DailyMail.com has learned.

Nor did she actually meet with any of the 500 at-risk women who use the Downtown Eastside Center in one of Canada's poorest areas.

Instead the Duchess of Sussex went to the Vancouver organization's administrative offices in a former hotel building, where she met only with members of staff, acting executive director Kate Gibson told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.

Logistics for the visit to the center itself would have been too difficult, Gibson explained. For one thing the center only allows in 'women and those who self-identify as women' so Royal Protection Officers would have had to stay outside, she said.

'It would have been a way bigger deal for her to have actually met our clients in a trip to the center,' she added.

Even so, Meghan's visit was fraught with security issues. The offices on the ground floor of the former New World Hotel are just across the street from a tent city that has grown up for the homeless in Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park.

Meghan Markle loses a NINTH member of staff as top aide who ran the Sussex Royal foundation quits

  Meghan Markle loses a NINTH member of staff as top aide who ran the Sussex Royal foundation quits Natalie Campbell - who helped Meghan on her Together cookbook after they met at a kitchen supporting those affected by the Grenfell fire in west London - has quit after five months in the job.Diversity campaigner and social entrepreneur Natalie Campbell has left for a new job after just five months.

Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple announced Touching moment a VERY excited Katherine Jenkins helps a fireman propose to his girlfriend on stage in front of 4,000 people at the Royal Albert

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have assembled an extensive and markedly corporate North Six months ago, the couple trademarked 100 items including ' Royal Sussex' socks, bandannas, pens Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince

There have been two shootings and one man was beaten to death in the park in the past several months, Gibson said. She described the area as 'shockingly poor.'

Megan visited in an effort to 'offer support' and 'boost the staff's spirits'.

Meghan also visited another women's group, Justice for Girls, during her trip from the home on Vancouver Island where she is staying. JFG describes itself on its website as an organization that 'promotes social justice and an end to violence, poverty and racism in the lives of teenage girls who live in poverty.'

Each visit lasted around an hour. A Wednesday tweet from JFG said: 'Yesterday, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited to discuss climate justice for girls and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Was great to talk about the importance of a holistic approach to social justice and the power of young women's leadership.'

JFG co-director Zoe Craig-Sparrow told Harper's Bazaar: 'We were very moved by the duchess visiting us despite terrible weather conditions in Vancouver and her very recent arrival.

'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 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.

Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple announced plan to quit royal life . Meghan Markle re-wears £530 down coat she sported on the Suits set to meet her pilates pal at the airport.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry not giving Archie royal title was first sign of their ‘masterplan’ to quit , expert says. What Queen ’ s statement about Harry & Meghan really means – and the hint that couple may lose royal titles. Harry and Meghan ’s decision to step down as senior members of the

'We were struck by how engaged and informed she was on the issues we discussed, and how quickly and gracefully she put us at ease.'

Gibson of the Downtown Eastside Women's Center said she was given just 24 hours' notice of Meghan's plan to visit. She got an email saying that 'someone' would like to speak to her, giving a number to call.

Harry and Meghan's Frogmore staff are let go: Speculation mounts among courtiers that the couple will settle in Canada and the Duchess will NEVER return to live in Britain in a 'meaningful way' after Megxit

By Rebecca English for the Daily Mail

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s staff at Frogmore Cottage are being ‘let go’, in the surest sign yet the couple will settle in Canada, sources revealed yesterday.

At least two permanent employees – a house manager and a cleaner – are being moved to other duties within the Queen’s household.

Other members of staff who are used on an ad hoc basis, such as chefs, maids and footmen, have been told their services are no longer required at the couple’s Windsor residence.

a tree in a fenced in area: The home of Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Frogmore Cottage © Provided by Daily Mail The home of Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Frogmore Cottage

Sources said Harry and Meghan operated Frogmore, on the Queen’s Windsor estate, with a ‘skeleton staff’ and no-one was being made redundant. But it is understood the employees are having to switch jobs as a ‘knock-on effect’ of the couple’s decision to relocate to North America for at least part of the year.

Harry and Meghan wedding souvenirs no longer available on Royal Collection site

  Harry and Meghan wedding souvenirs no longer available on Royal Collection site Harry and Meghan wedding souvenirs no longer available on Royal Collection siteReleased ahead of the couple’s 2018 nuptials, the commemorative range included a fine bone china coffee mug, a tankard and a plate, among other items.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason played the cello at Prince Harry and Meghan 's wedding. The 20-year-old has made it to number eight in the UK charts with his album. Queen ' s aides finalise details of Megxit deal with announcement ' imminent ' on future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after couple

The revelation will fuel speculation among palace officials that the Duchess of Sussex, in particular, will never return to Britain to live in a ‘meaningful’ way.

Eight days ago the couple shocked the royals by publicly announcing that they planned to step down as senior working members of the family.

The Queen, Harry’s 93-year-old grandmother, was said to be particularly hurt by their decision. On Monday, the monarch, Prince Charles, Prince William and Harry held an unprecedented summit at Sandringham to discuss where they went from here.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a panel discussion, convened by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, to mark International Women's Day at King's College London on March 8, 2019 in London, England. It was announced today that The Duchess of Sussex has become Vice-President of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, of which The Queen is Patron and The Duke of Sussex is President. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) © 2019 Max Mumby/Indigo LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a panel discussion, convened by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, to mark International Women's Day at King's College London on March 8, 2019 in London, England. It was announced today that The Duchess of Sussex has become Vice-President of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, of which The Queen is Patron and The Duke of Sussex is President. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Afterwards the Queen issued a rare personal statement that made clear her regret that the Sussexes had decided to step down.

But she said she respected their wish to live a ‘more independent’ life and had given her permission for them to spend time in Canada, as well as the UK, while these ‘complex’ matters were being resolved.

The biggest sticking points are understood to be the couple’s desire to earn their own living and how far they should be allowed to ‘commercialise’ their roles, as well as what royal duties they will still be expected to carry out.

'I emailed back that I didn't know who it was and asked for details and for them to give me a call,' she said, admitting that she had an inkling as the number she was given started with 44 which she recognized as the international code for the United Kingdom.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle sitting on a couch: Meghan's friend explained that the 38-year-old feels she can 'finally breathe' since leaving and has free reign over her life again. They also said Meghan felt that living within the royal family confines was 'soul crushing' and she didn't want Archie around such a 'toxic environment', deciding to leave in part for his benefit © Provided by Daily Mail Meghan's friend explained that the 38-year-old feels she can 'finally breathe' since leaving and has free reign over her life again. They also said Meghan felt that living within the royal family confines was 'soul crushing' and she didn't want Archie around such a 'toxic environment', deciding to leave in part for his benefit a group of people standing in a room: Harry's Instagram story © Provided by Daily Mail Harry's Instagram story

She said the whole visit was arranged very quickly but was affected by bad weather that canceled ferries and threatened flights from the island. Eventually Meghan made the trip by seaplane.

'The weather certainly complicated things,' said Gibson, who heads up the $5.1 million-a-year shelter that employs more than 50 people.

Gibson selected a handful of workers to meet with the duchess but only told them she wanted them for a meeting. She admits there was 'a bit of giggling' when her staff realized who was coming in.

She said Meghan seemed genuinely interested in the work of the center and felt the Duchess had welcomed the opportunity to step back from the pressure of her day-to-day life.

'I found her as a woman who understands how life works for women — hers is just amplified but at the end of the day we are all women. She just doesn't need any more pressure.'

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: On Thursday back in London, Harry made his first major royal engagement since Megxit - and possibly his last - before he will reportedly join Meghan and Archie in Canada in the coming days (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail On Thursday back in London, Harry made his first major royal engagement since Megxit - and possibly his last - before he will reportedly join Meghan and Archie in Canada in the coming days (pictured)

Now Gibson hopes that Meghan might take a long-term interest in the center which provides beds and hot meals for at-risk women, but does not know if that will happen. 'It is certainly not for us to put pressure on,' she said.

Meghan's outings on Tuesday come after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped the bombshell news that they were quitting as senior royals, dividing their time between North America and the UK and working to become financially independent last week.

The news caught the Royal Family and the rest of the world off guard.

Meghan and 8-month-old son Archie have been staying at a $14 million mansion called Mille Fleurs in North Saanich on Vancouver Island since last Friday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)

She and Prince Harry had stayed there for six weeks around Christmas. Harry is expected to fly back out to reunite with his family next week after hashing out details of the couple's decision to step back as senior members of the royal family.

He carried out his last official duty as a royal, presiding over the draw for next year's Rugby League World Cup at Buckingham Palace on Thursday morning.

A close friend revealed to DailyMail.com that Meghan feels she can finally 'breathe again' since quitting as senior royal.

'Meghan felt she had to escape because living within the royal confines was soul crushing,' the friend said.

The friend said: 'She told her inner circle of friends that her soul was being crushed and that the decision to leave was a matter of life or death - meaning the death of her spirit.

'She also felt like she couldn't be the best mother to Archie if she wasn't being her true, authentic self. Something she felt she couldn't be in the royal family confines.

'She said she didn't want Archie picking up on her stress and anxiety. She felt like it was a toxic environment for him because there was too much tension and pent-up frustrations.'

(L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Pohle / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images) (L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Pohle / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Beaming Meghan Markle drives herself to Canadian airport to pick up a friend as speculation mounts among courtiers that she will NEVER return to live in Britain in a 'meaningful way'

ByMegan Sheets For Dailymail.comand Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter For Mailonline

Meghan Markle took full advantage of her newfound independence from the Crown as she drove herself to a Canadian airport to pick up a pilates expert pal who jetted in from the US for the weekend.

The Duchess of Sussex was spotted in photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com parked outside Victoria International Airport in a Land Rover Discovery on Thursday afternoon.

She appeared to be in high spirits as she chatted with a male companion in the front seat, believed to be personal security, for about 10 minutes until her friend Heather Dorak arrived.

Meghan points as she pulls off after waiting outside arrivals for her friend Heather Dorak, a pilates guru from Texas she met while filming Suits © Provided by Daily Mail Meghan points as she pulls off after waiting outside arrivals for her friend Heather Dorak, a pilates guru from Texas she met while filming Suits

Ms Dorak, who hails from San Antonio, Texas, but lives in California, became Meghan's pilates guru and attended the royal wedding in May 2018 with her husband Matt Cohen. She runs the Pilates Platinum brand, which the Duchess started attending in Los Angeles when she starred in Suits.

The friends were also both pregnant at the same time in late 2018, but their children were not with them at arrivals yesterday afternoon.

5,000 miles away in London her husband Harry made his first public appearance since the Megxit bombshell - and potentially his last engagement as a frontline royal - at the draw for the Rugby League World Cup at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

And Harry and Meghan's staff at Frogmore Cottage are reportedly being 'let go', in the surest sign yet the couple will settle permanently in Canada with the Duchess strongly rumoured never to return.

Meghan's guru pal Heather Dorak jets in as Duchess' friends rally around her in Canada

Meghan Markle's body coach and a key part of her North American inner circle has arrived in Canada to help her close friend deal with the grisly aftermath of Megxit.

The Duchess of Sussex was seen driving herself to Victoria International Airport yesterday afternoon to meet Heather Dorak ahead of a girly weekend.

A smiling Meghan greeted her friend with a hug as she sat in the front seat of a Land Rover Discovery next to a male companion, thought to be a protection officer.

It is thought Meghan then drove on to the £10.7million mansion on Vancouver Island where she has largely been holed up since Thanksgiving with Archie and his nanny.

a person sitting on a bench next to a body of water: The Duchess of Sussex is seen enjoying a playful beach workout with her friend, pilates instructor Heather Dorak, in a social media snap shared before Meghan began dating Harry © Provided by Daily Mail The Duchess of Sussex is seen enjoying a playful beach workout with her friend, pilates instructor Heather Dorak, in a social media snap shared before Meghan began dating Harry

Ms Dorak, who originates from Texas but is now based in LA, became Meghan's yoga guru and attended the royal wedding in May 2018 with her husband Matt Cohen.

The pair mingled with guests such as George and Amal Clooney at the St George's Chapel ceremony, which was followed by a lavish after-party at Frogmore House.

Heather is a member of the close-knit girl squad understood to have masterminded Meghan's secret hen do ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry.

Meghan frequently shared snaps of herself and Heather on her now defunct Instagram account before it was closed ahead of the royal wedding.

The event, which saw the prince chatting to youngster's in the Queen's garden, was marked with an official Instagram video set to Stone Roses hit This Is The One, which famously features the lyrics: 'I'd like to leave the country for a month of Sundays'.  The extraordinary blunder had nothing to do with Harry, palace officials said later, blaming the event's organisers for the choice of song despite it being released via the official Sussex Royal account.

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: Harry managed to crack a wry smile after mixing the balls as he hosted the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws at Buckingham Palace in what could be his final full royal engagement in his current role © Provided by Daily Mail Harry managed to crack a wry smile after mixing the balls as he hosted the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws at Buckingham Palace in what could be his final full royal engagement in his current role

Meghan's airport sighting came eight days since she and Prince Harry announced that they would be quitting their duties as senior royals and splitting their time between the UK and North America.

Meghan is believed to have driven herself to the airport from the palatial £10.7million [$14million] Canadian mansion on Vancouver Island where she's largely been holed up since Thanksgiving with Archie and his nanny.

Meghan maintained a low profile by donning a black beanie, over-sized sunglasses and fur-lined black parka.

She removed the sunglasses for a brief moment before putting them back on to block out the harsh late-day sun.

A smile spread across her face when she spotted her friend approaching the car with a suitcase and tote bag in tow.

(L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Pohle / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images) (L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Pohle / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)

The friend slipped into the backseat of the crossover before reaching over to hug Meghan in the driver's seat.

It's unclear where the trio were headed off to when they left the airport - but Meghan's broad grin indicated she was excited about the destination.

The Duchess of Sussex first broke cover on Tuesday for the first time since her bombshell announcement when she left the Vancouver Island mansion to visit a women's shelter in Canada's poorest neighbourhood.

Harry is expected to join Meghan in Canada soon, after spending time in Britain to work out the terms for the couple quitting during a summit with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William at Sandringham on Monday.

He made his first public appearance since the Megxit bombshell at the draw for the Rugby League World Cup at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)

KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II departs in her Bentley car after attending Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on January 12, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) © 2020 Max Mumby/Indigo KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II departs in her Bentley car after attending Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on January 12, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) Harry raced through the launch of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup - dodging any questions about his future at a highly-orchestrated Buckingham Palace event.

Harry and Meghan's Instagram account Sussex Royal, one of the key parts of their brand going forward, marked the occasion by releasing an Instagram story showing the grinning prince larking around behind the scenes.

And in what could be interpreted as nod to his imminent exit to North America, the soundtrack was the Stone Roses' indie hit This Is the One, which contains the lyrics: 'I'd like to leave the country for a month of Sundays'.

Furious Buckingham Palace officials claimed Harry had no input in the choice of song, insisting that it was picked by event organizers.

The Rugby League World Cup appearance could potentially be Harry's last job as a senior royal before he moves to Canada.

Samantha Markle blames her sister for the Sussexes' decision to quit royal life and declares: 'It was all Meghan's idea'

a person sitting in front of a building: Samantha Markle, 55, claimed the royal couple's bombshell decision to quit and emigrate to Canada would have been made by Meghan herself. © Provided by Daily Mail Samantha Markle, 55, claimed the royal couple's bombshell decision to quit and emigrate to Canada would have been made by Meghan herself.

Meghan Markle's half-sister today used a British TV interview to lay into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over their 'incredibly wrong and shocking' treatment of her father Thomas and declared: 'They have quite a bit of apologising to do'.

Samantha Markle, 55, who is Mr Markle's daughter from his first marriage, also claimed the couple's bombshell decision to quit and emigrate to Canada would have been made by Meghan not her husband.

In a wide-ranging interview with ITV's This Morning Ms Markle, who lives in Florida, claimed quitting as senior royals after just 20 months of marriage was a 'gross breach of duty' to the Queen.

She said today: 'Prince Harry and Meghan have quite a bit of apologising to do. We aren't talking about teenagers, we are talking about adults who knew what they were doing and in regards to my father it was so incredibly wrong and shocking'.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, watch a musical performance at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, watch a musical performance at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)

She also said Meghan initially enjoyed the attention of being a royal, accusing her of adopting a 'contrived British accent', but wanted out once she was criticised about her 'spending'.

Ms Markle also appeared to deny that the criticisms of her half-sister were laced with racism, calling the claim: 'A misplacement of blame to avoid accountability'.

And she said Meghan's legal against the Mail on Sunday is 'ludicrous' - and warned her the 'truth' will come out if it gets to the High Court.

The Queen, Harry's 93-year-old grandmother, was said to be particularly hurt by Meghan and Harry's decision to step down as senior royals.

After the Sandringham summit, the Queen issued a rare personal statement that made clear her regret that the Sussexes had decided to step down.

But she said she respected their wish to live a 'more independent' life and had given her permission for them to spend time in Canada, as well as the UK, while these 'complex' matters were being resolved.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/06/08: Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are seen in a carriage on their way to Buckingham Palace after attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which marks the 93rd birthday of, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest reigning monarch. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) © 2019 SOPA Images LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/06/08: Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are seen in a carriage on their way to Buckingham Palace after attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which marks the 93rd birthday of, Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest reigning monarch. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The biggest sticking points are understood to be the couple’s desire to earn their own living and how far they should be allowed to 'commercialise' their roles, as well as what royal duties they will still be expected to carry out.

The British and Canadian governments are also involved in talks about residency and security issues.

A plan is likely to be announced within days. Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan's staff at Frogmore Cottage are reportedly being 'let go', in the surest sign yet the couple will settle permanently in Canada.

At least two permanent employees – a house manager and a cleaner – are being moved to other duties within the Queen's household.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive on the field prior to the start of the first of a two-game series between  the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PETER NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images) Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive on the field prior to the start of the first of a two-game series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images)

Other members of staff who are used on an ad hoc basis, such as chefs, maids and footmen, have been told their services are no longer required at the couple's Windsor residence.

Sources said Harry and Meghan operated Frogmore, on the Queen's Windsor estate, with a 'skeleton staff' and no-one was being made redundant. But it is understood the employees are having to switch jobs as a 'knock-on effect' of the couple's decision to relocate to North America for at least part of the year.

The revelation will fuel speculation among palace officials that the Duchess of Sussex, in particular, will never return to Britain to live in a 'meaningful' way.

When they made their announcement last week, Harry and Meghan made clear they wished to keep the five-bedroom home in Windsor, which was a gift from the Queen. It was previously five separate staff cottages but was knocked into one larger residence, controversially using £2.4 million ($3.14 million) of taxpayers' money.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, watch a musical performance at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, watch a musical performance at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)

On their new website, Harry and Meghan state that the Grade II-listed building in Windsor Home Park was owned by the Queen and was refurbished from the Sovereign Grant, given to her by the Government, as part of her responsibility to 'maintain the upkeep of buildings with historical significance'.

The duke and duchess said they wished to continue to use it as their official residence 'as they continue to support the monarchy and so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom'.

It is not clear whether the Queen will accede to that request, although sources have indicated she is privately unhappy at the amount of money spent on it when the couple will be there for significantly less time.

Also on Thursday, DailyMail.com obtained exclusive photos of Meghan's ex-husband Trevor Engelson visiting a hair salon in Beverly Hills.

It marked the first time Engelson had been photographed in public in several months and since Meghan and Harry's announcement.

Engleson politely declined to comment on the royal drama as he left the salon and got into his Porsche 911.

Elizabeth II wearing a black hat: The Queen, Harry's 93-year-old grandmother, was said to be particularly hurt by his and Meghan's decision to step down as senior royals. She is seen on January 12 as the royal family attended Sunday Service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk © Provided by Daily Mail The Queen, Harry's 93-year-old grandmother, was said to be particularly hurt by his and Meghan's decision to step down as senior royals. She is seen on January 12 as the royal family attended Sunday Service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk

The 43-year-old Hollywood producer from from Great Neck, New York, began dating Meghan in 2004 before she became famous on Suits. They dated for six years before getting engaged in 2010.

The couple married in Jamaica in September, 2011 in front of 100 family members and friends.

But within weeks of their wedding Meghan won her break-out role on TV legal drama 'Suits,' and spent months each year filming in Toronto, Canada while Engelson stayed at their home in Los Angeles.

The distance eventually took its toll and they separated in the summer of 2013.

Their marriage officially ended in 2014 with 'irreconcilable differences' cited in their divorce papers.

Engelson has since moved on, however, marrying nutritionist and heiress Tracey Kurland, 33, on May 11 last year, almost exactly a year after Meghan and Prince Harry tied the knot.

A close friend of Meghan's weighed in on the royal drama in an interview with DailyMail.com published Thursday, revealing that the duchess feels she can now do what she pleases without asking for permission after her decision to quit as a senior royal.

'Meghan felt she had to escape because living within the royal confines was soul crushing,' the friend said.

The insider friend explained that the Meghan feels she can 'finally breathe' since she relinquished her royal duties and has free reign over her life again.

They also explained that Meghan felt that living within the royal family confines was 'soul crushing' and she didn't want her son around such a 'toxic environment', deciding to leave in part for his benefit.

The friend said: 'She told her inner circle of friends that her soul was being crushed and that the decision to leave was a matter of life or death - meaning the death of her spirit.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend an event at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend an event at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)

'She also felt like she couldn't be the best mother to Archie if she wasn't being her true, authentic self. Something she felt she couldn't be in the royal family confines.

'She said she didn't want Archie picking up on her stress and anxiety. She felt like it was a toxic environment for him because there was too much tension and pent-up frustrations.'

Now that the Queen has agreed to allow her and Harry to split their time between the UK and North America, the friend said Meghan 'has a lot up her sleeve that she wants to do'.

a person standing in a parking lot: Meghan broke cover for the first time on Tuesday to visit a women's shelter in Canada's poorest neighbourhood © Provided by Daily Mail Meghan broke cover for the first time on Tuesday to visit a women's shelter in Canada's poorest neighbourhood

Meghan 'will continue making surprise visits to different places that help women and children. She wants to feel embraced by her community, something she says she didn't feel in the UK. She felt stifled and restricted.'

DailyMail.com revealed earlier this week that Meghan had the full support of her mother Doria Ragland to leave, as a source said the 63-year-old 'was really worried about Meghan... and is relieved that her daughter is putting her mental health and well being first'.

The insider said Meghan was 'miserable in the UK' and 'wasn't sleeping well and started having anxiety attacks about her future'.

Britain's royal line of succession [Photos]


MSN UK is committed to Empowering the Planet and taking urgent action to protect our environment against the climate crisis. We’re supporting those on the front line tackling the Australian bushfire crisis. Find out more about our campaign here.



Harry and Meghan wedding souvenirs no longer available on Royal Collection site .
Harry and Meghan wedding souvenirs no longer available on Royal Collection siteReleased ahead of the couple’s 2018 nuptials, the commemorative range included a fine bone china coffee mug, a tankard and a plate, among other items.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!