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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Prince Harry arrives in Canada to began his new life with Meghan Markle and their eight-month-old son Archie

The Duke of Sussex today began his new life in Canada with Meghan Markle and their eight-month-old son Archie away from the Royal Family, after arriving in the country on a British Airways flight last night.

Prince Harry travelled from London Heathrow to Vancouver on a BA plane, hours after completing his final engagement as a fully-fledged royal at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in Greenwich, South East London.

He arrived at Vancouver International Airport last night following a ten-hour journey on a Boeing 747, then boarded a WestJet plane to make the short journey onto Victoria Airport on Vancouver Island to join the rest of his family.

While he flew, he missed his brother William's first solo reception at Buckingham Palace where he ushered in a new era for the royals – and even gave Harry a mention in his welcoming speech, saying: 'The African continent holds a very special place in my heart. It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died.

Prince Harry smiles as he steps off a WestJet plane after arriving at Victoria Airport on Vancouver Island in Canada last night
Prince Harry travelled from London Heathrow to Vancouver Airport on British Airways flights last night
He then made short journey onto Victoria Airport on Vancouver Island on WestJet plane to join his family
Harry missed William's first solo reception at Buckingham Palace as he ushered in new era for the royals
It came hours after final engagement as a fully-fledged royal at UK-Africa Investment Summit in London

Harry arrives at Victoria Airport last night ready to start his new life with Meghan and Archie away from the Royal Family

A palace source told the Daily Mirror: 'It was made abundantly clear to Harry: agree to this and then you can go. By his own admission it was not under the terms he wanted but he had no other option.

'There was no halfway house, no half in- half-out arrangement, and this was the only one on the table. Meghan and Harry were so desperate to get out they had no choice - and, on the face of it, it looks like they have given up a considerable amount.'

Last night, Harry landed at Vancouver Airport on BA85. He was seen leaving the plane by the back staircase wearing a blue beanie and jeans with a backpack over his shoulders, with two security guards escorting him.

He was then whisked away in a black minivan to continue his journey with a 25-minute hop over to Victoria. He flew via WestJet, the same carrier that Meghan is said to have taken, landing at Victoria around 9.45pm local time.

Officials at the airport closed the third-floor public viewing area shortly before he landed. The duke was then driven the last couple of miles in a silver SUV to the £11million oceanside home for an emotional family reunion.

Meghan Markle smiles as she takes he eight-month-old son Archie for a walk in the woods yesterday morning in Vancouver
Prince Harry smiles with his father Charles as they have impressions made of their hands in cement at Duku Duku in South Africa in November 1997, three months after Diana's death in August that year. William said last night: 'The African continent holds a very special place in my heart. It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died'
Harry and Charles pose with Spice Girls Victoria and Mel C while visiting Johannesburg in South Africa in November 1997

Giving his personal opinion, he told the Times: 'I don't think it's satisfactory. One cannot be two things at once. You either are (royal) or you're not.'

Meanwhile, Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British troops in Afghanistan, wrote in the Telegraph that Harry was 'devoted to the Armed Forces' and described his stepping down from military roles as 'a terrible shame'.

He said: 'One of the most privileged men in the land, there were many people who did not want him to put his life on the line in the battle zone of Afghanistan where so many British troops were killed and maimed.

'Unlike most soldiers, he had to personally fight the system to get himself into action. But in the face of opposition from a government worried by the risk to national prestige if he was killed, wounded or captured, he eventually arrived in Afghanistan 'with butterflies in my stomach'.'

Colonel Kemp added: 'Soldiers who served alongside him during his two tours in Afghanistan, on the ground and in the air, have spoken of Harry's leadership and courage, of his down-to earth approach to ordinary soldiers and of his devotion to his comrades in arms.'

Harry's brother, the Duke of Cambridge, continues with a busy schedule of royal duties, a day after delivering a speech at a Buckingham Palace reception for summit delegates.

Today, William will attend a meeting of the United for Wildlife Taskforce at St James's Palace. The duke, who is president of United for Wildlife, will make a speech during the session.

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