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
‘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.
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.’
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
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 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.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed the young family to Canada
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.
Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate in King’s Lynn, United Kingdom
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (left), Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi (both right) attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate
Princess Anne (left), Princess Royal and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate
Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Christmas Day Church service
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, flashes a smile while attending the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was given a hug by a wellwisher as she attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex with James Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate
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.’