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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in Canada for the holidays. A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said the couple is spending”private family time” in precisely the same country where Markle spent years earning USA Network’s Suits.
The couple won’t be with the remainder of the royal household, a decision that is reportedly controversial in the family of Harry.
“As was reported, their Royal Highnesses, the Duke, and Duchess of Sussex are spending personal household in Canada,
” the spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight Friday.
“The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of the Commonwealth country to them both.”
Harry is a”frequent visitor to Canada over many years, and it was home to the duchess for seven years before she became a member of the royal family,” the spokesperson continued.
“They’re enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son”
A resource also told ET who Markle’s mum, Doria Ragland, is currently in Canada and is expected to spend Christmas with the couple and their son, Archie.
Before Markle married Harry in May 2018, she spent several years filming Suits in Toronto.
Her close friend, Jessica Mulroney, also lives in Canada with her husband and four kids.
Harry has visited Canada several times on visits.
The country is a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, a group.
The announcement from the couple’s spokesman comes about after The Sunday Times reported in October that they intended to devote part of the holiday in Los Angeles.
It will be the time Archie visits his mother’s native country.
Some members of the royal household are allegedly not happy that Prince Harry will not be spending Christmas at the U.K. together with his family, especially with his grandparents, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II, in their 90s.
“Many members of the household think the couple should have contemplated queen and Prince Philip’s advancing age,” a source told Entertainment Tonight.
“After all, at 93 and it being Archie’s very first Christmas, neither Her Majesty the Queen nor Prince Philip is going to be around forever.”
Philip, 98, was taken to a London hospital on Friday as a”precautionary measure” for a”preexisting condition” and is expected to remain hospitalized for a couple of days.
Friday, Markle and Harry did not mention their vacation plans on their Instagram webpage.
Instead, they posted photos from their trip to the Brinsworth House, a nursing care home run by the Royal Variety Charity, in 2018.