Today, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first public appearance of 2020 at Canada House in London. The reason? To thank the staff for their “warm hospitality during their recent stay in Canada.”
Back in November, the couple announced they were taking time off from royal duties. Immediately, reports speculated where they would spend the holidays: in the United Kingdom, at their home of Frogmore Cottage? In Los Angeles, where the Duchess grew up?
The actual answer was Canada. Vancouver Island, Canada, to be specific—the Duke and Duchess were spotted there multiple times over their break. Although they didn’t publicly disclose where, exactly, they stayed, here’s a fun tidbit: David Foster helped the couple set it up. “I felt honored that I was able to help Meghan there because I’m a Canadian and we’re a commonwealth country, we’re the Crown’s,” Foster told The Daily Mail. “It’s important to us, so I grew up with that kind of sentiment. I was really happy to be able to help them to find a respite just to take a little time off.” That aforementioned (rumored) respite? A waterfront compound in North Saanich.
And it seems their time there was full of activities: On New Year’s Day Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Markle’s former Suits co-star, Abigail Spencer, took a hike in Horth Hill Regional Park—where Markle helped an unsuspecting couple take a picture.
That’s not the only time the Duchess got behind the camera. It’s said she was behind the adorable snap of Prince Harry cuddling with a bundled-up baby Archie, released on New Year’s Eve. A glimpse of the gorgeous Canadian scenery can be seen in the background: a cool blue lake, surrounded by forest-covered mountains.
Other than spending time outdoors, the couple enjoyed the local community’s food offerings, dining at various spots. Overall, it certainly seems like the couple enjoyed themselves. People reports that the Duchess told a well-wisher standing outside Canada House that “it was beautiful.”
Sounds like Canada may have some repeat visitors.