Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY
Published 7:45 a.m. ET Jan. 21, 2020 | Updated 10:23 a.m. ET Jan. 21, 2020
Prince Harry is reuniting with Duchess Meghan and baby Archie in Canada.
Prince Harry is reuniting with his wife and son.
The British royal arrived in Vancouver Island, Canada, on Tuesday morning, according to video obtained by NBC News and the U.K.’s Telegraph, where he will join wife Meghan and son Archie. This is the same place where the family spent their Christmas vacation, in a borrowed waterfront mansion.
During an event Sunday for Sentebale, the charity he co-founded in 2006 to honor Princess Diana’s support for those affected by HIV and AIDS, Prince Harry addressed the elephant in the room.
Harry said he and Meghan wanted to continue serving “the queen, the commonwealth and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.”
“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he added. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gone at it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away. And we certainly aren’t walking away from you.”
On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth announced details of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s future following their bombshell announcement that they were stepping back as senior members of the royal family.
As part of the deal, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will stop using their HRH titles (His Royal Highness, Her Royal Highness) as they are “no longer working members of the Royal Family,” Buckingham Palace said. They will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Harry will remain a prince and sixth in line to the British throne.
They will also repay the Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of their U.K. home, Frogmore Cottage, which will continue to be their family home in the U.K.
Though stepping away from his royal duties is in part an attempt to build a more peaceful life with his family, video footage of Harry’s Canada arrival shows he’s yet to be free of the journalists who have filmed, photographed and written about him since the day he was born.
“They believe that if they are not representing the monarchy any longer, the tabloid press will eventually go away because it will be so expensive for them – that there won’t be the same savage approach. They feel they will be able to control it more from Canada,” Pauline Maclaran, a business professor at Royal Holloway University of London and author of “Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture,” told AP.
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”I don’t think they are being very realistic.″
Harry has long had a frosty relationship with the media, and on Sunday he made it clear that the press was a major reason for the couple’s decision to step back from royal life.
Harry has accused the media of directing “a wave of abuse and harassment” at the biracial Meghan, including “racial undertones” in articles. Both he and Meghan filed lawsuits last year against press outlets over alleged intrusion into their private lives. At the time, Harry gave an interview drawing parallels between the treatment of his wife and the media frenzy that contributed to the death of his mother, who died in a car accident in 1997 while being pursued by paparazzi.
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, Morgan Hines, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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