Prince Harry's wife paid a visit to a women's shelter in one of Canada's poorest neighbourhood
Meghan Markle has been seen in public for the first time since leaving the UK. The wife of Prince Harry was spotted leaving the $14million Canadian home where she has been reportedly staying with son Archie, arriving some 20 minutes later at Victoria Harbour Airport where she appeared in good spirits as she waited to board a seaplane back to the mainland. She then paid a surprise visit to the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre in Vancouver, where she posed for a photo with a group of eight women. A picture shared on the centre’s official Facebook page shows Meghan dressed casually in a cream jumper, blue jeans and brown boots. The caption reads: "Look who we had tea with today! The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community."
A photo of Meghan was shared on the shelter's official Facebook page
The shelter provides hot meals, counselling and basic needs for women and children. A staff member told the Daily Mail that they only became aware of the visit when Meghan arrived, and that she had spent time meeting with managers: "She asked what the women would need in terms of support. It was a nice meeting."
It has been revealed that Meghan did not take part in the Sandringham summit on Monday to discuss her and Prince Harry’s future roles. It was thought that the 38-year-old would dial into the meeting with her husband, the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge on Monday. But a palace source told HELLO!: "The Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for The Duchess to join
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Harry, Meghan and Archie spent their six-week break in Canada during the festive period, with Meghan only returning to London to attend meetings and carry out an engagement at Canada House last Tuesday. Harry, who has stayed in the UK, travelled to Sandringham from the couple's Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.
Fans might be wondering why Prince Harry, 35, has not yet flown to Canada following the summit. The reason why the Duke has remained in the UK is because he has an engagement to attend on Thursday 16 January. Harry will host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men's, women’s and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace, which will be streamed live across the royal family and Rugby League World Cup 2021's social media channels. The Duke was announced as Patron of the Rugby Football League in December 2016, succeeding the Queen, who previously held the role for 64 years.