Meghan Markle All Smiles in First Pics Since Royal Exit as She Skips Royal Family Meeting
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The Duchess of Sussex has been spotted boarding a helicopter that takes her from the Vancouver Island to the mainland, after returning to the North American soil last week.

AceShowbiz - Meghan Markle has been photographed for the first time since she and Prince Harry made the shocking decision to step down as senior members of the British royal family. The mother of one returned to North America after only three days in the U.K. and now she has been spotted in Canada.

In pictures obtained by Daily Mail, the former actress was seen boarding a seaplane that took her from the Vancouver Island to Vancouver on Tuesday, January 14. She reportedly left the ocean-side mansion at the island shortly before 10 A.M. local time and arrived at Victoria Harbour Airport around 20 minutes later.

Bundling up in a large parka coat, she appeared to be in great spirits as she was all smiles while walking alongside an unknown male. She also wore a black top, black skintight pants and brown knee-length boots while carrying a black shoulder bag.

Her son Archie, who was reportedly left in Canada with her friend Jessica Mulroney and a nanny when Harry and Meghan returned to the U.K. earlier this month to attend business, was nowhere in sight. Meanwhile, her husband is believed to be still in the U.K. to discuss matters regarding the pair's royal exit with his family.

The Duchess of Sussex herself decided to skip the Monday, January 13 meeting of senior British royals because she felt it "wasn't necessary." A statement from Buckingham Palace released on Tuesday read, "In the end, The Sussexes decided that it wasn't necessary for The Duchess to join." Harry, however, was in regular contact with his wife to "keep her in the loop" about the talks with his immediate family, including dad Prince Charles and brother Prince William.

On Wednesday, January 8, Harry and Meghan announced, "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." The couple also announced plans to split their time between the U.K. and Canada, which has been granted permission by the Queen.

"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family," the Queen said in a statement on Monday. "Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."

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