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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have safely returned to Canada after completing their farewell tour.
- Prince Harry was spotted with his security team travelling on a commercial flight to Victoria International on Thursday
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had returned to the UK to complete their final royal engagements before stepping down as senior royals
- It follows royal news that Buckingham Palace is preparing for emergency lockdown in order to protect the Queen
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been reunited with their 10-month-old son, Archie, in Canada.
The pair had returned to the UK to take part in their farewell tour – a string of royal engagements before they step down as senior royals at the end of March.
While Meghan is thought to have flown back to Canada after her appearance at the Commonwealth Day service on Monday, Harry was spotted leaving separately on Thursday.
According to a fellow passenger on Twitter, Harry, 35, was travelling with his security team on a commercial flight to Victoria International.
This marks the beginning of the couple’s new chapter in Canada, after they made the shock announcement to step back from royal life at the start of the year.
In a statement back in January, Harry acknowledged the “intense scrutiny” he and his wife, Meghan, 38, had experienced since their wedding in 2018. And suggested they had “no other option” than to remove themselves from the spotlight.
They said, “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”
On balancing their time between the UK and Canada, Harry and Duchess Meghan explained, “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter.”
The Queen backed their decision and released a statement of her own. “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” she said.
“I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
“It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”