Prince Harry and Meghan celebrate Archie’s first Christmas in luxury Vancouver Island hideaway along with Doria Ragland as the rest of the Royals spend time together in Sandringham with the Queen
- Prince Harry and Meghan spent Archie’s first Christmas on Vancouver Island
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly flew to Canada with Doria Ragland
- Harry has since been seen hiking in the Horth Hill Regional Park, and the couple have been spotted jogging around North Saanich
- The couple were given permission by the Queen, 93, to celebrate the festive season alone instead of joining the Royal family in Sandringham
- However, the couple have reportedly been urged to return home after Prince Philip, 98, was hospitalized
Prince Harry and Meghan celebrated Archie’s first Christmas in a luxury Canadian hideaway along with Doria Ragland as the rest of the Royal Family spent the day in Sandringham with the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were reportedly seen hiking in Horth Hill Regional Park on Vancouver Island, and have been spotted jogging in the neighboring town, North Saanich, by locals, according to the Vancouver Sun.
Earlier on Wednesday, the pair wished their Instagram followers a Merry Christmas.
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Prince Harry and Meghan celebrated Archie’s first Christmas in a Canadian hideaway along with Doria Ragland as the rest of the Royals spent time together in Sandringham with the Queen
Prince Harry and Meghan have wished their scores of Instagram followers a happy Christmas
Prince Harry was spotted hiking in Horth Hill Regional Park, and the couple have been spotted jogging in a neighboring town
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured at the WellChild Awards in London, have been spotted exploring Vancouver Island
‘Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas – their Royal Highness the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,’ the couple shared.
The post, which was accompanied by emojis of a Christmas tree, Santa and a snowman, came as the Queen and other members of the Royal Family prepared to head to the annual church service on the Norfolk estate.
It was announced last week that the couple and Archie would spend their vacation in Canada.
They have since been spotted by locals exploring Vancouver Island and security guards had canvassed a local waterfront restaurant, Deep Cove Chalet, according to the Vancouver Sun.
This is the couple’s first Christmas as a family-of-three, after welcoming their son Archie in May
Bev Koffel, who owns the restaurant with her husband chef Pierre Koffel, told the paper that she had seen the couple out and about and had met with their security guards.
Koffel also revealed that when they called to make a reservation, her husband turned them down due to the tight security involved.
‘Horth Hill’s become a very popular place now. And they jog around, so they’ve been seen,’ she 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.’
Vancouver Island is popular among celebrities, with Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, singer Nelly Furtado and basketball player Steve Nash all believed to own luxurious property there.
Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Vancouver on the final leg of their royal tour of Canada in 2016, visiting Bella Bella and the Great Bear Rainforest.
Bev Koffel, who owns the Deep Cove Chalet with her husband chef Pierre Koffel, that she had seen the couple out and about and had met with their security guards – however, when they tried to make a reservation her husband turned them down due to the tight security involved
Prince Harry has been spotted hiking in Horth Hill Regional Park several times by locals
The couple, pictured introducing baby Archie to the Queen and Prince Philip, are celebrating the festive season with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, instead of joining Her Majesty in Sandringham
Vancouver Island is popular among celebrities, with Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall (pictured), singer Nelly Furtado and basketball player Steve Nash all believed to own luxurious property there
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed the young family to Canada
Meghan is familiar with the country after living in Toronto during her time working on the US drama Suits. She and Harry were also famously pictured during while they were dating during the 2017 Invictus Games in the city.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said their choice of location ‘reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both’.
‘The Duke of Sussex has been a frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of the Royal Family. They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son,’ the statement said.
A-list celebrities who visit Vancouver Island
Made in Chelsea stars including Melissa Tattam (pictured) visited Tofino last year
Take That legend Gary Barlow visited Vancouver Island for a fishing trip with his son Dan in August, and praised its ‘rugged and un-spoilt beauty’.
Last year the cast of Made in Chelsea visited the island, arriving in a private seaplane and staying at the lavish Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino, on the west coast.
Lady Gaga is believed to have visited an oceanfront retreat in Tofino, which is several hours away from where Harry and Meghan were spotted.
This area is also frequented by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Australian actor Chris Hemsworth.
Beverley Hills 90210 star Jason Priestley is part owner of the Terrace Beach Resort on Vancouver Island.
The young family were also welcomed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who tweeted: ‘Prince Harry, Meghan and Archie, we’re all wishing you a quiet and blessed stay in Canada. You’re among friends, and always welcome here.’
Despite their decision to celebrate the festive season alone, Harry and Meghan have reportedly been urged by some Royals to return home.
Last week, Prince Philip was hospitalized for four nights in King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, London. He was spotted looking frail as he was discharged on Christmas Eve so that he could join the Queen in Sandringham.
Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Vancouver on the final leg of their royal tour of Canada in 2016, visiting Bella Bella and the Great Bear Rainforest. Pictured meeting Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured after they arrived by sea plane at the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre during their Royal Tour of Canada in September 2016
The Queen, who gave Harry and Meghan permission to spend the festive season in Canada, is seen at the traditional Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge hold hands on their way to the service where the Queen’s great-grandchildren stole the show
Prince George, 6 , was spotted looking smart in a blue suit, while Princess Charlotte, 4, joined her mother, Catherine, in speaking to a crowd of onlookers
The Duchess of Cambridge was seen in a tailored coat with fur trim at the service
Princess Charlotte was given a hug by a well-wisher after assessing the crowd from the steps of the church
A source told The Sun: ‘Even before the Duke became ill, many were at a loss as to why Harry and Meghan would miss what could be one of the last family Christmases with the Queen and Philip…
‘There is a feeling they are being inconsiderate and selfish, given the Queen and Philip’s advancing age.’
The couple also missed the Queen’s pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace as well as the monarch’s annual get together at her private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
The Royal family has also faced embarrassment in the wake of the ongoing scandal involving Prince Andrew and his friendship with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In recent weeks, he was forced to step down from public duties.
While the majority of the family were seen doing the traditional mile-long walk to a church service in Sandringham, Prince Andrew decided to skip out on it to ‘avoid being heckled’.
Instead, he attended an earlier low-key private service with his mother, walking to the church deep in conversation with his brother, Charles.
The Royals have endured a tough time in recent months as Prince Andrew (walking to the church service on Christmas Day with Prince Charles) continues to bunker down amid a swirling storm over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Philip was also absent from the traditional Christmas outing as he was being cared for at the main house on the Norfolk estate while he recovers from a mystery ailment.
But despite their absence, and the absence of Harry, Meghan and Archie, the rest of the Royals were seen beaming. And the Queen’s great-grandchildren stole the show, with Princess Charlotte and Prince George seen speaking and hugging onlookers.
Despite the criticism over not showing up for the traditional Sandringham Christmas, Harry and Meghan still wished their followers a Merry Christmas on social media by releasing a card featuring baby Archie front and center.
Shortly after the card was released several claimed on social media that the image had been ‘photoshopped’.
But American actress Janina Gavankar was asked by her friend Meghan to take the image for the card which shows her, Prince Harry with their son Archie in the foreground.
Gavankar, 39, tweeted: ‘So proud to have taken the Christmas photo for one of my best friends and her family. Here’s the original that was sent out.’
Camilla (left), Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi (both right) attend the Christmas Day Church service
Princess Anne (left) and Camilla are seen speaking ahead of the service
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex with James Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor attend the Christmas Day Church service
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