The Duke & Duchess of Sussex had their vacation on Vancouver Island?

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality!

For weeks, we didn’t know where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spending their six-weeks off. We didn’t even know if they were ordered to go away, or if they decided to go away of their own volition, although I tend to think it was a little bit of everything – they wanted to go away, but the Cambridges were very eager to have the holiday season all to themselves, and the older royals wanted less drama for Christmas too. Still, as soon as the vacation was announced, I knew that the British press would hit Meghan and Harry coming and going. If they had stayed and done the royal Christmas at Sandringham, there would have been endless “feud” headlines and more. With the Sussexes away, of course there were headlines about how selfish they were being, like this story from The Sun:

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been urged to return from holiday for what could be “one last family Christmas”. With 98-year-old Prince Philip in hospital for a fourth night and the Queen, 93, looking frail, some Royals have said Harry and Meghan should break their six-week long Canadian visit.

One family member told a friend: “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. They are absolutely entitled to a proper break and privacy, but they’ve had six weeks off. What about some lovely family photos and memories with baby Archie? Many of the family were very keen to see him over Christmas, but were told they couldn’t as they were abroad. There is a feeling they are being inconsiderate and selfish, given the Queen and Philip’s advancing age. They’re in Canada to process everything — including whether they still want to be working royals. But they really should have thought about returning.”

[From The Sun]

Yeah. It’s what I said at the time of the announcement – the Sussexes were leaving themselves open to this criticism. It’s unfair and awful, but they knew it would happen. That being said, I think they decided to go away because they really, really needed that time away from all of this bullsh–t. As for Harry and Meghan’s location… they’ve been on Vancouver Island this whole time?

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.

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.

[From The Daily Mail]

I wonder if they’ve been in/on Vancouver Island this whole time, or if they’ve moved around a few times in Canada. It feels like they would have been spotted before now if they had spent the entire six weeks there. Hm. Anyway… the Sussexes are living their lives and whatever. I think this “time out” was an interesting experiment for everyone involved. We’ll see what will happen in 2020.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality!

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality!

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  1. Toot says:

    Anne’s kids, Zara and Peter, spent Christmas away this year too, but the British press just wants to crap on M&H as usual.

    That lady sounds like she just wants to advertise her business. I want at least a blurry pic before I believe any “sighting” story.

    • Noodle says:

      The restaurant owner lady (and her chef husband) ended up not allowing M&H to make a reservation because of the security required.

    • BabsORIG says:

      Yeah, I take all these stories with a huge blob of salt. Remember the story about the Sussex folks calling a meeting of the locals that live in Frogmore area and demanded the locals don’t talk to the Sussexes unless they talk to you, don’t approach them, don’t pet their dog etc? Turned out it was a made up story no? Untill I see pics, this story is fake. Just like the ‘they went to Ibiza’ etc. No pictures? Never happened.

      • Harla says:

        Thank goodness someone else is questioning the Ibiza trip! I thought I was the only one who thought this never happened!!

      • Brandy Alexander says:

        @BabsORIG, But the Windsor story wasn’t fake. Someone actually did do that, they just came out afterward and said they took it upon themselves to do it and the Sussexes did not request it.

      • BabsORIG says:

        No, the originator came out saying he made it all up.

    • Rando says:

      The restaurant owner seems like she thinks she got a bigger payout talking to the tabloids than she would have if she’d had the Sussexes to dine.

      Overall it’s a bit gross that the locals sold them out. It makes sense to me now why Keen Katie and Wandering Willy go to that boring royal-owned island all the time. :/

      • Silas says:

        Now the husband is saying she was tricked and didn’t know she was giving an interview. He’s backtracking and saying they never turned them down.

        But she said what she said and it seemed a bit unpleasant of her to do so.

  2. LaraK says:

    Yeah this was always going to happen.

    But really, should they be spending Christmas with William, who keeps throwing them to the wolves?

    Or the pedo uncle.

    Or the queen who keeps leaking stories (of course she does let’s not kid ourselves).

    Oh, no, it’s supposed to be for Phillip, who is racist AF and regularly mows down his subjects because he doesn’t want to curtail his “freedom”.

    Yeah, I’d run too.

    • stepup says:

      Everything you said.

      And, as you point out, the “calls were coming from inside the house!” The Sussexes have no obligation to that awful family.

      • Mumbles says:

        Given that the house they live in and the lifestyle they conduct are both provided by that awful family, I would disagree. Meghan wasn’t wearing $75,000 dresses on her “Suits” salary or opening suitcases on Deal or No Deal. Harry wouldn’t be able to afford all his stuff on a retired military salary.

        If they can make a go at it on the multimillion inheritance Harry got from Diana, and Meghan’s savings, they should make a clean break.

      • BabsORIG says:

        Oh geez @Mumbles you doing this again? SMDM. How do you know the cost of Meghan’s wardrobe on Suits? And for the umpteenth time, British money is NOT dollars.

      • stepup says:

        You’re making a lot of assumptions, Mumbles. You have no idea if she got that dress comped. Also, you seem to want to disparage her career — which was way more successful than most actors.

        It’s also interesting how materially focused you are when it comes to the Sussexes. You seem to be making the argument that money trumps treating people decently. How sad.

        And, to clarify, when I said “no obligation,” I was referring to a percieved obligation that they should have spent Christmas in the UK, as that is what this thread is about.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They do not work for the royal family, they work for the taxpayers. They’re doing their taxpayer jobs fine, and live in the most modest accommodations of any of the working royals. She’s been a very active married in to the family, with several large projects already accomplished in two years. We’re still waiting for 9 years in Kate and her Broken Britain sham.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Babs Oris:

        Imagine this: You live in a gigantic prison made of salt. You eat salt for breakfast, lunch and supper. Drink concentrated brine as the only source of moisture. You breathe in layers and layers of salt dust daily and are constantly covered, head to toe, in a thick dusting of salt. Basically, you are one living, breathing, salt crystal, trapped in a salt prison.

        Yet, you are nowhere near as salty as Mumbles, the “tax-dollar” counting Meghan Stan.

      • lookinglikeasnack says:

        This time I am with Mumbles. I think the strongest message they can send would be renouncing their titles and cutting ties with the RF.

      • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

        @notasugarhere as usual, in agreement here with you and @Bella DuPont you are on point too and made me laugh. Thanks to both of you for both the after mumbles palate cleanser and the laughter while I get through the inevitable after holiday stinking cold.
        p.s. @LaraK all the yeses.

      • Olenna says:

        You’ve repeated another inane megx9ter talking point. You and @Rhys should get together and compare notes on who gets the most replies.

      • Nahema says:

        I actually would love to see them renounce their titles, live on their own money and carve out their own working path, showing the other Royals how it’s done. However I strongly suspect that the trappings of Royalty are too strong for both of them.

      • Le4Frimaire says:

        I’m a bit confused by this particular thread. Because they are “funded by the taxpayers “ like everyone else in the Royal family down to the Queens old 6th cousins, what exactly is the problem? They’re not allowed to push back against lies and must put up with blatant abuse? You want the Harry and Meghan Big Brother show? They should be in servitude to the more senior royals, instead of living the modern very privileged lives they always have lived ( Meghan had a very very good life she built for herself before H- lots of nice things and life experiences). As for renouncing titles, I actually think they are leaning into it. Look at their Christmas message with the blue background. Harry and Meghan weren’t wishing us a Merry Christmas. Their Royal Highnesses , the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were, with their little crown and moniker on display.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Nahema, why should these two be required to give up titles in order to do their charity work? Harry and Meghan aren’t the ones in the wrong here. They aren’t doing anything wrong when it comes to their charity work. The attacks against them would not decrease if they left the royal family. The physical attacks would be more successful because they’d be without adequate security.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Larak well put. Could not have said it better. They have been savaged by both of their families. I expect they may need many time outs in the future.

    • Lucy De Blois says:

      I agree entirely with your opinion, it must be an awful lot to celebrate a so special day with. But I also agree with the article: a little of both. They wanted badly to have a break and the other lot wanted badly to have a break from them. MM vigour on doing concrete actions for charity, instead of reading letters of support or giving their names to gardens, is a way to show K&W how the things must be done; and they must feel really annoying to have a real job rubbed all the time in their faces when they don’t want to do none. Just “royal” around.

      By the way, it’s just me or no one is finding odd the silence of Thomas Sr. and Sammy Markle, Grant or whatever her name is? As soon as MM & H started the break the “nice” pair disappeared into thin air. No old songs about poor Thomas alone on Christmas, or tales about “poor Sammy me I want to vindicate my loved father”.

  3. Becks1 says:

    Last week people were insistent they had been in Toronto for a while, so maybe they are moving around some.

    I genuinely don’t think the queen overly cared about them missing Christmas. Peter and Zara missed it too. If it were an issue they would have been there.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Yeah sounds like they’ve moved around a bit within Canada. As mentioned in previous thread it seems really smart for them to establish a Commonwealth nation as their second home rather than set up in LA. Meghan already has a life in Toronto and BC is a short flight for Doria. I imagine they can afford two homes in Canada.

    • Tourmaline says:

      I don’t think the Queen overly cared about them missing Christmas. Now who is that salty so called royal family member that talked to Emily Andrews of the Sun, my money is on Princess Michael.

  4. Mignionette says:

    Now the pics of Prince Philip make sense. At first it didn’t click why they were making such a fuss out of him leaving hospital, but it now makes sense.

    The UK press really are a bunch of shady racists and they are big mad that they can’t control the bi-racial commoner who has more class, grace, talent and more about her than they can collectively ever imagine to muster.

    I hope they continue to drink the poison of their hatred and it eventually leads to their demise.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      @ Mignionette

      I know I’m being incredibly thick here….but I don’t follow…..what has this got to do with Prince Philip leaving hospital?

      • Granger says:

        I think Mignionette means the press made a big fuss about Philip leaving the hospital in order to set up the even bigger fuss they could then make about Harry and Meghan’s “selfish” decision to leave England over the holidays, and how awful it is that they didn’t come back to be there for what could be Philip’s last Christmas.

      • JulieCarr says:

        The press has made a big fuss every time Philips left hospital the last couple of years because every time he goes to the hospital now rumours start flooding in about his demise, and thus there’s a lot of interest in photos of him alive.

  5. Jumpingthesnark says:

    Sounds like a lovely getaway. Good for them. I hope they enjoyed every minute!

  6. Oh No says:

    The royal reporters want to bully them back to England because they need stories to write, lol.

    Those bills are due on the first and those Cambridge stories are not cutting it.

    …maybe Harry and Meg should stay away for a whole year. Then someone will get truly desperate and start writing about that affair in not so veiled ways.

    • Lady D says:

      I’d give it 3 months before the knives come out from the press. They are a vicious beast and need to feed. If they didn’t have the Sussex’s, it would be back to philandering William and enviro nut Charles but still nothing about Andrew for their stories. Plus, they would make up whatever they could about the Sussex’s just cause.

  7. Carobell says:

    I think that this is a practice run for them for being semi private citizens. It’s been how long and only now is a location leaking? They have the money to only appear in public when they want or need to, but can otherwise live privately off his inheritance, her money and acquaintances vacation homes.
    I’d be worried if I were the courtiers.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      I 100% agree. It is a dry run and a threat. If you don’t stop leaking stories about my family big brother we can disappear multiple times a year and let you have all the attention. Be careful what you wish for William.

      • Mac says:

        Why would William care if they disappear? The press loves him and Kate these days.

      • Guest says:

        @mac why would William care? He needs them more then they need him.

      • notasugarhere says:

        William has made a deal with the press, allowing access to their kids after spending years fighting it. The Rose story was disappeared, Meghan was thrown under the bus, and none of the press are following up about William’s lawsuit about ‘right to a private life’ and the KP staff advising Rose on media strategy. What did we get? Videos of Kate’s mask slipping in public, the kids looking miserable, and the implied promise of pap access to their upcoming skiing vacation in exchange for good PR.

        With Harry and Meghan out of the picture, William gets the focus he wanted. Careful what you wish for.

      • PrincessK says:

        @Mac….no the press do not love William and Kate because they are boring, stories generated about them usually reference the Sussexes.

        I actually think that DM is setting the Cambridge’s up for a fall, if they really think the press is on their side they are fools. The recent reporting in DM on George and Charlotte was quite chilling, they are already analysing their personalities and making stereotypical statements about them. It is like a foreshadowing of what they are going to face in the future. The tabloids are preparing the seasoning in readiness to feed on their next victims, while they wait for them to fatten up.

      • Nic919 says:

        Charlotte is going to get ripped by the press and William and Kate have made it much worse for her than it could be. She is a spare and a girl, two things the press likes to attack. Feeding the press monster will only ever turn out badly for them.

      • Jaded says:

        @Mac – the press doesn’t love them, they are being fed sweet, sugary crap by Carole, et al, about the perfection of their marriage (starting just after the Rose H. rumours), the amazing work they’re doing and more access to the kids. Meghan and Harry are suing the press and only doling out the meagerest of information. It’s all bullsh*t but that’s what generates clicks with the public.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        Wasn’t trying to be melodramatic, it just seems that eventually under the streamlined monarchy it would work better for Will to have his brother around to take some of the heat, work, and copy space. Otherwise more attention and scrutiny will be on the Cambridge’s marriage, the children, Will’s gardening. He would be much smarter to keep his brother around and maybe be less horrible to his wife and child. Harry has the option to work less and disappear as show me this past 6 weeks. William is notorious for wanting less work. Without Harry Will and family are the only show left. I don’t think the monarchy will survive King William irregardless. Watching their behavior to their first biracial family member I am not sure I would miss them.

  8. Joanna says:

    I am so tired of people attacking them! They live in England, they see the King and Queen frequently. Unlike her mom, who lives in another country!

  9. Peg says:

    Why should Archie’s first Xmas be around people that don’t like his mother?
    The three of them looked darn happy on their Xmas card, not like the dreary Windsors on Xmas day.
    If Harry is so far down the line, as we are told often enough, it does not matter if he is there are not, who knows if Philip did not stay at his cottage and enjoyed a quiet Xmas.
    Charles, William and George are in attendance, but that is enough, no Harry and Meghan to kick around.

  10. Loretta says:

    From The Sun article:

    “Many of the family were very keen to see Archie over Christmas, but were told they couldn’t as they were abroad”

    Dear Royal Family members,
    Harry, Meghan and Archie live at Frotmore Cottage. If you were so keen to see the baby you could visit them. You had plenty of time (7 months) to do it before Chrtistmas.

  11. Lisa says:

    It sounds like they are having a lovely time away from the drama. Good for them.

  12. Margareth says:

    RF looked so miserable on the Christams day. Happy that the Sussexes weren’t there.

  13. Carol says:

    When you spend EVERY Christmas of your life with your family, it doesn’t hurt one iota to set up boundaries and spend one away from the family. Harry probably called everyone and skyped his grandparents. That’s what my family members did when they couldn’t come to my mom’s house with everyone else.
    Also, my mom sold the family home 3 years ago. I am so happy to FINALLY have my own traditions during the holidays, rather than do whatever my mom wants. I still see her before Christmas, but now we go out to eat and have a quiet time. I LOVE it.

    • Brenda says:

      I agree Carol. Thanksgiving. we all do together. Christmas it’s just me, my husband and kids. I had to set boundaries for my sanity.

  14. Rogue says:

    The most basic things they do draws criticism so the Sussexes have to just live their lives. As has been noted Zara& Peter and their families were absent this year (and I think in 2017 when Zara& Mike at least were in Australia) but no selfish and inconsiderate criticism from this ‘royal source’ for them.

    From the hysteria since it was announced they wouldn’t be at Sandringham, the Sussexes should never have a Christmas with Doria (and if I was her I wouldn’t want to have to join the royals at Sandringham if invite was extended) until after the Queen/Philip pass away. But if they did that bet the criticism would flip to poor, abandoned Doria at Christmas (like when she didn’t make baby shower).

    This is another example of how media narratives don’t make sense& why imo so much is spun for clicks or whatever current agenda is. If some think they were sent away to have focus on the heirs etc, then why would a family source be imploring them to return?

    • Peg says:

      That ‘sent away’ is nonsense.
      H&M are planners, when Harry didn’t take paternity leave, some posters were going on about he should take leave.
      Harry knew How his family Is treating Meghan, so one of them came up with the idea to skip Sandringham for the holidays, turns out to be a smart move.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Zara has been away at Christmas frequently. Since 2012, she’s been a paid promoter for a race in Australia each January. They go several weeks early, have a quiet (comped?) vacation, press the flesh, and she gets her check.

    • Jen says:

      And if they waited til the Queen passes to not go to Sandringham, it would be “King Charles missing half his family in his first Christmas as monarch!” Once Charles is king, Harry will be the child of the monarch and people will use that as an excuse to expect him to be there.

  15. Marie says:

    The royal family is not close knit. They throw each other under the bus multiple times. I highly doubt they care if Harry and Meghan spent Christmas somewhere else.

    Emily Andrews wrote that piece. Wouldn’t this “family member” know that Anne’s kids wouldn’t be there? Emily is a known liar.

  16. YaGotMe says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they did visit Phillip, all of the royals can move undetected when they want to and these two (and a half) have proven stealthier that most.
    I am sure they have moved around, spent quality time with family and friends, eaten amazing food and relaxed in ratty sweats.

  17. Rhys says:

    I wonder how this continuous defiance of the big family will affect their marriage in the future. When you marry, you marry the family ( and no, the Markles don’t count the same because Meghan hasn’t been close to them the way Harry was with his family). Regardless of whatever Harry might dislike about his relatives and his stance now, the need to always fight and prove his point wears off, and resentment surfaces. Not to mention he is bound to the royals in more ways then one.

    • Meija says:

      Enjoying time with Megan and Archie and not toxic family members is not Harry fighting and proving his point it is a very healthy way to live. It is OK to distance yourself from destructive people even if those people are family, this is the essence of good mental health, knowing you don’t have to repeat the cycles of abuse. They are living their lives away from the ugly racism that has surrounded them. Good for them. No you don’t also marry your in laws, if your family and in laws can’t act like decent human beings it’s perfectly ok to disengage. Very healthy for their children in the end.

    • VS says:

      I wonder if you said the same thing about Zara or William when either one of them decided to spend the holidays away. somehow I doubt you did!

      Whatever the tabloids write is just a reflection of some fringe in the British society you seem to be part of. We have the same thing in the US with trump supporters. I have thought that there is nothing worse than a hypocrite. I will take a liar over a hypocrite; the double standards we have seen with H&M vs W&K are mind-blowing……..I thought most intelligent people could read it but it looks like I made one too many assumptions!

    • MsIam says:

      What defiance are you talking about? Haven’t the Sussexes been to all the major event like Trooping and Remembrance Day? They have gone to Commonwealth events, did a major tour. Meghan has done events for the patronages she was given and so has Harry. The only things they didn’t attend were those Trump spectacles, well Meghan at least. So I’m not sure what “defiance” you mean. Some people claim they were doing “too much” so which is it?

    • Gingerbee says:

      @Rhys, guess what, Doria has ONE child, and ONE grandchild, and Meghan and her family had the right to spend time with her mother.

      Since you are calling out Meghan, why are you not calling out Princess Anne’s children.

      • VS says:

        @Gingerbee — of course she won’t!!! Those don’t have have black blood in them….
        I thought H&M were insignificant? I guess they really are the stars of the RF. It is all people can talk about; you have 3 heirs around, but apparently H&M&A are all people seem to want to talk about…….maybe I do understand William. Can you imagine being in his place? your brother and his wife are away, but somehow everything you do, you find their names attached to it!

        Britain is truly broken!!! well, who am I to talk? the US is broken as well; unfortunately, we don’t have a Broken Britain project to be rolled out in 2019 or maybe 2020

    • Royalwatcher says:

      @Rhys – What on earth are you on about that Meghan hasn’t been as close to Doria as Harry is to his family? You do know that her family includes more than the Toxic White Markles, don’t you?

      Also, being “close” to your family goes both ways. Harry has routinely been stabbed in the back and thrown under the bus by his brother and other family members…so how does that count as close? Why does Harry owe them loyalty while receiving none in return?! Makes no sense, sorry. I actually say kudos to Harry for figuring this out and trying to do all he can to protect his partner and child.

      Not to mention that Meghan has spent the last 2 years with the royals at Christmas (and at all the other major royal events as MsIam mentioned), presumably without her mother (who she is clearly very close to) AND she has worked hard for Harry’s family firm for the past 18 months. With more to show for her work than the FFQC has produced in 8 years. Also not to mention that the Cambs were applauded for alternating holidays with his family and hers…were you upset at that as well? Or are these royal-only rules only for Meghan and Harry?

    • Jumpingthesnark says:

      Why is having a non-Sandringham Xmas “defiance”. Bill and Cathy had several of these, and it has been pointed out upthread that multiple others of the total family skipped Sandringham this year. Are they also “defiant”?

    • Olenna says:

      @Rhys, this “continuous defiance” is a talking point straight out of the megx9ter manifesto. But, I’m sure you didn’t mean to insult the intelligence of a majority of the regular commenters here. Or, did you?

    • Nic919 says:

      The queen noted in the BP statement that she approved the six week break. That’s not defiance and it’s utter bullshit to pretend it is.

  18. Redgrl says:

    Vancouver Island is huge – they could’ve bounced between several places there. As I said on a post yesterday, it’s a peaceful beautiful place and always good for rejuvenating..

    • Keira says:

      Agree. A particularly charming area is the Gulf Islands, just North Saanich.

      • Redgrl says:

        Yes, Salt Spring is lovely too, and, on the further coast I can never get enough of Tofino! 💕🌊🌊

      • A says:

        @Redgrl, gosh I love Salt Spring island. I was lucky enough to stay there for a few weeks and then on and off for a couple of years after I first moved out to BC. On a clear day, the island is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been hankering to get to Tofino because I’ve never been. I’m not one for surfing or anything, but I’d just like to visit the beach and see the Pacific ocean properly (I’m a weirdo like that, LOL).

      • Jaded says:

        @A – try to see Tofino in November as storm watching then is spectacular! We went last year and Mother Nature cooperated with a wonderful storm – huge waves, amazing sunset, it was breathtaking. Lots of reasonably priced hotels/ motels close to beaches.

      • Redgrl says:

        @A – wow, I’d love to spend a few weeks on Salt Spring – so peaceful! And definitely go to Tofino. There’s everything from camping, glamping to high end resorts. Miles and miles of beaches. Amazing seafood.
        Surfing (lessons for oldies like the hubby and me!), hot springs, sea kayaking and sea plane tours. Spend some time down coast in Ucluelet checking out the fishing boats. The drive across the island is spectacular. My favourite time is October – still some warm days and evenings but you also get some amazing storms. Also some restaurants and tour operators (whale watching, sea kayaking) either close down or cut back their hours in November. Sigh… I want to start planning my next trip now! 😉😆

    • Jaded says:

      Victoria resident here – we were on Gabriola Island a few weeks ago, absolutely gorgeous. Apparently they’ve been seen out jogging and hiking, but Canadians, especially Vancouver Islanders, are pretty laid back about “celebrities” and basically leave them alone.

      • truth fairy says:

        The respect for their privacy from locals makes sense, in addition to the likelihood that they were enjoying spending a lot of time together indoors. No need to picture them shifting from place to place like they were in a witness protection program.

  19. Valiantly Varnished says:

    When you can’t win no matter what you do you choose what is best for you. And that’s exactly what the Sussexes did. They are criticized for literally everything. So why not just do what you want and be happy – even if it’s only for six weeks.

    • Brit says:

      Exactly. We’ve heard for weeks that the family was sick of them, were screwups and the Cambridge’s were the shining light and new couple to take the reigns but when they remove themselves and post pictures on their Instagram, it still makes headlines or the media is practically begging for them to return.

    • Lady D says:

      There is an article up comparing ‘assertive Kate’s nails to ’emotional Harry’s torn cuticles.’ LOL They are really scraping the bottom of the barrel for things to disparage the Sussex’s with.

  20. Peg says:

    What defiance?
    Not letting others take credit for your work or suing the same media, that your family is giving info about you.
    Harry is not his father.

  21. Brit says:

    The media at this point knows that Harry and Meghan won’t be bullied into opening access and aren’t dropping the lawsuits .The Royal family didn’t care if they were there. The media did because they’re the moneymakers and coverage is bland and dull without them. Embiggening the Cambridge’s doesn’t sell papers or get the clicks, even with the cute kids. They were using Philips hospital stay to make another manufactured outrage and it didn’t work. I can only imagine the amount of money they lost due to the Sussex family not being there. I’m glad they were far away from that toxic press and I’m glad they’re living life for them.

  22. Amelie says:

    Kate and William also got the whole “it could be the Queen’s last Christmas/Philip’s last Christmas” treatment from the press the year they skipped Sandringham and did their own Christmas walk with the Middletons. They haven’t skipped it since I think but the whole “it could be the grandparents’ last Christmas” is just so trite. Not being at Philip’s last Christmas doesn’t negate the fact Harry was there for all the other Christmases since birth. And the Queen might well live until 100 as her mom did. Putting your life on hold for an elderly relative is not a way to live but obviously the press has to find a way to make Meghan and Harry look like a villain somehow.

    My grandmother was on death’s door (in hospice at this point) and I had to return to Spain to start a teaching job I had signed a contract for. We weren’t sure how long she’d live. What was I supposed to do? Wait around for days, weeks, months? She ended up passing away a few days after I left but being at her bedside wouldn’t have made much difference. She had had dementia for years at that point and didn’t recognize any of us in the state she was in, she was bedridden and moaning in pain. I visited her at the nursing home right before I left for Spain and my last memory of her is her lying in a bed almost comatose just moaning in pain and me crying my eyes out because I couldn’t handle seeing her in so much pain. I did fly back for the funeral though but like I said, I didn’t just wait around for her to croak. That wouldn’t have done much good.

    • BabsORIG says:

      @Amelie, and I’m sure if yr granny was in her right mind, she wouldn’t have wanted you to put yr life on hold and wait with baited breath for her to die. It would have made her happy for you to continue to live yr life. She was dying and no amount of time spent with her, sacrificing yr job and future, waiting at her bedside, would have changed the course of mother nature. I believe the queen, and her husband, want Harry and Meghan to work out. I don’t think that they want to see them stop living just so Phillip or Lizzie don’t die.

    • I think people make too much out of this one day a year. We have — and will probably never have— any idea of Harry’s relationship with Phillip or the Queen. Harry might see a great deal of both of them the other 364 days of the year. The Queen spends a great deal of her down time at Windsor which is very close to their home and no one knows who comes and goes to Phillip’s home at Sandringham. This is all manufactured press drama In my opinion.

    • Tourmaline says:

      Yeah all the handwringing about the Queen and Philip being so old how dare you miss a moment with them is so fake and saccharine to me. It’s a very manipulative angle that is strategically deployed towards certain BRF members but not others.

      • Le4Frimaire says:

        It’s really manufactured because when they do show up to official events, you get the grumblers questioning why they’re there, they don’t belong, too much attention, go away etc. Then when they go away, really far away and off the radar, the same grumblers say they should have been there, the Queens /Philips last Christmas, they’re selfish, etc. etc. They treat this couple like an on-demand program. They put in the work, had a busy and stressful first year of marriage and needed a break. That’s it, it’s over and the other Royals have scattered. I’d be surprised if this tradition continues with Charles.

  23. S808 says:

    Highly doubt the family gave a hoot that they were gone. They were probably happy to not have them hogging the cameramen. BRF aside, I’ll say it again: the BM severely overplayed their hand. There was NO reason to go ham on Megan before they even got married. How could the media have possibly thought H&M would work with them after all of what happened when she only his girlfriend? Then his fiancé, then his wife and then when she was pregnant with his child???? I don’t understand the thought process.

    • Harla says:

      The media thought they would work with them after the abuse because W&K did, C&C did and the Queen probably has on occasion too. The tabloid press in Britain seems very used to being able to bully whoever into compliance but I don’t think they counted on Harry’s love for his wife and child. Personally I don’t think Harry much cares what they say about him but when it comes to his family, he is truly a papa bear and won’t tolerate ANYONE hurting them.

      • S808 says:

        Obviously, I think outside factors play into why they’re so ruthless with her now but the BM came out the gate being nasty to her. For NO logical reason. It still boggles my mind. They definitely underestimated Harry. I worry for Archie. He’s in the same position as Peter and Zara but the way everyone thinks they own Megan, I can that extending to Archie. We already have but I see it being kicked into overdrive once he gets older. I hope he continues to not have a title when Charles becomes King and William too (I cant see the monarchy lasting till Williams reign but they’re like roaches who seem to survive anything).

      • Royalwatcher says:

        @S808 – I completely agree with your posts (Harla too). I think they came for her as a GF was because they 100% did not think he would marry her! Dickie Arbiter (I think it was him) came flat out stating she was GF material but Harry would never marry her. And another RR (Katie Nicholl?) came out with that pleading article that Harry should take back Cressida and marry her, blah blah blah. I think none of them realized how serious Harry was from the start (as he talked about in their engagement interview). The BM are stupid though (for many many reasons), because if they looked at their dating relationship compared to Harry and Cressida, they would have seen how different it was, which should have signaled to them that Harry was serious about marrying Meghan.

        But I also really do agree with Harla that the BM thought they could make deals and bring him to heel like they do with the Cambs and other royals.

    • DD says:

      When did the media go ham on Meghan before they were married? I’m not being snarky, I just didn’t follow the royals until recently.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        Google is your friend. There is a TON of info out there and lots of articles detailing her treatment from the very beginning. You could probably even just search Celebitchy for old articles linking to nasty, racist headlines and false stories.

      • S808 says:

        One of the first articles about her had the infamous headline “Straight Out of Compton” and as commented you can definitely backtrack and find old articles from 2016-2017. They’ve been disgusted towards her from the beginning.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        @DD while they were engaged the DM found Meghan’s former best friend who went off the rails on her and slammed her and submitted many private photos of their past. She criticized how meghan broke up with her ex etc. the DM looked for every opportunity to find people in her past who would malign her. It was a focused effort to slam her at every turn.

    • Tourmaline says:

      I personally think that whatever happened behind the scenes between the Sussexes and Cambridges/Harry and William with the series of events beginning in late 2018 and early 2019 (the Sussexes deciding not to move into a KP apartment, setting up their own household/office, and the splitting up of the foundation), must have been BAD. It seems to have basically put KP on a war footing against the Sussexes, almost like it was a zero sum game where for the Cambridges to win the Sussexes had to lose.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I don’t think W&K have won. They’re doing multiple pap-access events with the kids. ShrugGate. Videos from Sandringham Christmas showing a lot of unhappiness. The VF story about the foundation split made the point of stating the Hubb money was ‘ringbarked’ (protected). Done publicly so the W&K part of the foundation couldn’t misuse money Meghan had raised. The remaining W&K foundation has lost a second director in four months, with questionable finances yet to be audited.

        We’ll see Harry and Meghan back soon. The InvictusGames in The Netherlands in May will showcase Harry accomplishing big things. We still haven’t seen anything for Broken Britain and Quinn is no longer around to make it look like Kate is even pretending to work. We’ll get another ‘umbrella project’ from William about global warming that will accomplish nothing.

        2020 isn’t starting off well for W&K.

  24. Linda says:

    I hope Meghan, Harry and Archie are having a fabulous and restful time wherever they are.

  25. RoyalBlue says:

    Wonderful. I hope the past 6 weeks have been peaceful for them. 2020 is going to be rough as the media piles on them, but I know they are planning a strategy for the road ahead. I hope through their work they continue to let their light shine. Thinking some tours to a couple commonwealth countries will get the family’s blood boiling once again.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      I can’t wait to see all of the new projects they announce with the official roll out of their foundation!! I think 2020 will be a great year for them!

    • Le4Frimaire says:

      I actually hope they do a lot more local home based projects, county events in differ t parts of the country, boring ribbon cutting stuff in addition to a few big initiatives and international events.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Le4 I think the ribbon cutting would help to get their numbers up but would only make sense when Meghan receives more patronages. I think she has been trying to carve her niche thus far and will continue to pursue magazine and other ways to make a real impact as she is creative and wants to see tangible results.

        Totally agree with doing more local stuff with an annual visit to Sussex. Would live to see them vacation in Wales or Northern Ireland too as she got warm reception when she visited pre marriage.

  26. Maria says:

    I’m not even sure skipping Xmas with the RF was a big deal I mean, the Sussexes live in Windsor so they are a short distance from most of the family members. And I’m sure that Phillip could give two hoots about who is there and who isn’t. And the Queen and Prince Charles understand that Meghan wants to spend this Xmas with her mom, and also have much bigger worries concerning a blood member of their family, a Prince no less.
    It’s only the media who have totally blown it out of all proportion.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      I think it’s only a big deal to the BM and to those who simultaneously want to put the “insignificant” 6th in line Sussexes in their place while also yelling about how ‘how dare they, so ungrateful’ whenever they don’t attend some event or see Philip in the hospital (even though no other royals did), etc.

      • Laur says:

        Yeah I think the RF are fine with various members doing something different over Christmas – it’s what families do! There might be an element of feeling like they ‘should’ be there just in case it’s Philip’s last Christmas as there would be for anybody with an elderly relative, but as others have said Harry already has plenty of memories of Christmas with Philip, who I’m sure doesn’t give two hoots. It’s all being blown way out of proportion.

  27. Sam says:

    The worst thing Meghan did is marry into that family. The British media is vitriolic, racist and life destroying. They run this country.

    • Bettyrose says:

      She doesn’t seem unhappy, though? It sucks that this is the price for marrying the man she loves, but it’s also the price for disrupting tradition on a global stage. If her life and work make a meaningful difference in a time where racism and xenophobia are exploding, it’ll probably be worth it to her.

      • Sam says:

        She admitted she’s not doing ok to a journalist.

      • Bettyrose says:

        “Not doing okay” is a far cry from saying she regrets her choice or considers it a mistake.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She never said anything about regretting her choice.

        TB: But I don’t know what the impact on your physical and mental health of all the pressure that you clearly feel under.

        Meghan: I would say. Look any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know?

        TB: Its a long time ago, but I remember, yeah.

        Meghan: And especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed it’s. yeah, well I guess, and also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m ok, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.

        TB: And the answer is , would it be fair to say, not really ok? As in it’s really been a struggle?

        Meghan: Yes.

      • Bettyrose says:

        I love her honesty here. I don’t think she ever expected a fairytale, but it probably is harder than she expected. Still, she has an adoring husband, new baby, close friends, and reason to believe it will get better.

  28. Dizzy says:

    I find the Vancouver Island report very iffy. Just some lady who owns a restaurant…and then she turns them down. Very sketchy. They are definitely here in Canada. I suspect Toronto and then probably a luxurious cabin in the woods, in the Muskokas. . But that’s just a guess.

    • Peg says:

      Would you be surprise, if it turns out the dailyfail, put this story in this woman’s head.
      I thought being part of Security detail was being able to fit in crowds unnoticed.
      The BM want then to deny the story, so they can say, ha! they’re in Vancouver Island.

      • Olenna says:

        Agree, The story is hardly plausible for the security reason. Further, what restaurant in such a subdued area couldn’t accommodate a party of 4-5 with security detail standing by (not sitting) AND not want the follow-on attention? I think of all the hate Obama and family got, and they were still able to dine out with a detail. I still have a lovely pic of a relative meeting him in a restaurant in Hawaii a few years ago.

    • Jaded says:

      I live here, minutes away from Saanich. The local paper has confirmed they are/were here, kept a very low profile but were sighted out jogging and hiking. Victoria is in the running to get the next Invictus games so it wouldn’t surprise me if they were mixing a little business with pleasure.

      • joanne says:

        There have been a couple of stories in the Victoria Times Colonist. It sounds like they’re in North Saanich, Sidney area. I hope they enjoy themselves and are given some privacy. It’s a beautiful area. That’s interesting about the Invictus games, I didn’t know that.

      • Nic919 says:

        If the next invictus games ends up in victoria that would be a great location. I was in Vancouver for the Olympics, and while it’s not victoria or vancouver island, it was a beautiful place to be.

      • L4frimaire says:

        Honestly, sounds like it was a really great getaway and a beautiful location, being in the great outdoors doing whatever you want. Would love to visit that part of a Canada one day.

  29. Rocķy says:

    Hey that’s where I live! If I see them I’ll let you know

    • Mtec says:

      Plz don’t. Let them have their privacy.

      • Joanna says:

        Too late. Let us know, please!

        @rocky, You don’t have to give specifics but we already know they’re there. Please tell me if you see them, I will be so jealous

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Too late for that MTEC. When KP leaked they were in Canada they released the hounds. Notice it was timed to distract from shruggate and also when news broke about their skiing holiday. Now it’s silly season once more and the attacks on their holiday have begun in earnest.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The story about Andrew’s side businesses has disappeared too.

  30. Sass says:

    You know, I’ve said it before but the parallels to my own in laws are astounding. The neglect/willful ignoring of my husband, my children, and myself, the scapegoating and the guilt tripping when we finally draw boundaries and basically decide to stop coming around for our own wellbeing and the obvious fact that we aren’t really wanted around anyway. My stepfather in law has used the same line for years: “make up with your sister for the sake of the kids AND I’m not doing well health wise so I might die soon and I want to see y’all getting along before I go” like…we tried for years and y’all all ignored us, excluded us, played favorites, blamed us for everything. All we did was try. And then we stopped trying.

    It’s exhausting and I don’t blame Harry and Meghan at all.

    • Erinn says:

      I don’t blame them either. But the funny thing is so many people go on and on about how horrible it is that they’re treated like this by family…and I do question how many people complaining about it treat their own families in a crappy way. Or how many of them enable other family members to treat people terribly. Or make excuses for awful older relatives but speak in ultimatums when it comes to this famous family.

      It’s awful the way they’re treated. But I hope people look into their own family demands and traditions and evaluate whether or not they’re treating their families less than stellar. I know personally I’ve had a hell of a time with a mob mentality group of in-laws who like to make outsiders lives miserable to cover for their own misery- this isn’t something that’s only happening to famous people.

      Ultimately be kind to each other. But also pay attention to the people who tend to get the short end of the stick in our own family groups – I’m sure they could use some support lobbed their way too.

      • Sass says:

        Lol we are the ones who get the short end of the stick in our family groups. I’m sorry but when one grandchild gets a bike for their birthday and another gets a pack of jelly beans, or your husband yourself and your kids are the only ones in the family not invited to a rehearsal dinner for another sibling’s wedding, it’s pretty damn obvious.

        I know exactly what it’s like to be neglected and blamed for everything and also I do not take it personally because it’s directly from my mother in law who influences the rest of them and drives the mob mentality. It wouldn’t have mattered who my husband married. And honestly if we didn’t have kids I might put up with it but I have to keep my kids safe from that bs. We tried and tried and nothing was ever good enough. So fuck them.

      • Sass says:

        I’m also sorry to hear you deal with similar things @Erinn. It really is so disheartening. And can put strain on a marriage. I agree with what you’re saying. It’s a very touchy subject for me, I’m sorry.

      • A says:

        I was looking over some Ask Polly/Dear Prudence columns from the days of yore. The two that always stand out to me is the Ask Polly column about the in-laws who, in spite of being aware of their DIL’s deathly mushroom allergy, go out of their way to include mushrooms in every meal they cook for family get togethers, even going so far as putting mushroom powder in mashed potatoes. This is an allergy that could prove fatal. And then the other one is the Dear Prudence column from 2012 where some lady’s MIL was straight up poisoning her food and her husband was in on it. The lengths some people will go to because of their own deeply rooted unhappiness and insecurity never fails to astonish me.

        I’m not saying the BRF is quite on that level these days. But they’re sure an unfriendly, cold lot who don’t put much stock by being kind and considerate. They expect people to conform and subsume themselves to their expectations. I know that people think Diana used the press to make herself look better than she was. But the ultimate fact is that she married into the family at 19, came from a broken home herself, and was met with a lot of cold indifference if not outright unkindness from a group of people who, today, see no issue with using their stature in society to protect one of their own who was friends with a sex trafficker and availed himself of his services. I see her actions with the press as a form of fighting back in the haphazard way she knew how. She did not come into that marriage on equal footing. It’s impossible for anyone to do that with the BRF, frankly. So is it any surprise that Kate has wholly fashioned herself to be in the acceptable mold for their desires, and that Meghan is struggling so damn much without any support from the people who are the best equipped to provide it? I doubt they know what being kind and supportive even means.

        I dunno. I’ve been reading a lot of books about monarchies and royals this past year. It’s confirming to me that it’s an incredibly flawed system. I don’t think it’s possible to churn out anyone even halfway decent unless you’re incredibly lucky, lol.

  31. Mtec says:

    I know people feel entitled to every aspect of their lives, but I really wish ppl would not start trying to figure out their exact location. Harry and Meghan might be able to deal with it, but for their baby and their friends and family who aren’t royal, it’s just terrible if their safety and privacy were to be compromised.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      Same! I understand maybe once they leave sharing their location (unless they plan to return there regularly in the future), but IMO what that Bev woman did in inexcusable. Plus, I hope it ruins her business (okay, not really, for the sake of her employees), because who wants to stay somewhere where you can’t be guaranteed basic privacy?? Even as a regular person, I wouldn’t want a hotelier or restaurant talking about me behind my back! Let alone compromising my security if there were people out there wanting to do me – or my child – harm.

  32. Guest says:

    Lol the suns article. What a joke. If I were harry and Meghan I would say fck the entire of them.

    This break showed the cambridges cant handle the spotlight unless it’s all rainbows and butterflies. Their big taking back the spotlight was overshadowed by their 4yr old. They are nothing without props. When shruggate happened low and behold meghan and Harry’s location was leaked.

  33. A says:

    I heard about this gossip from my dad, of all people. He knows people who work on the island who read the news and told him and he came and told me. I don’t know what the weather is like out there, but here on the mainland, it’s pretty cloudy and rainy and not that nice tbh. Perfect weather for holing yourself up inside w/ your kid and snuggling.

  34. Callister says:

    The Cambridge’s don’t call the shots. The Queen does, and Prince Phillip in the background. I think she proved her point by the photos she chose to display on her desk during her Christmas speech.

    And yes, the Sussexes were ordered away, to a “colony” country.

    • Blue36 says:

      A “colony” country, really? That’s extremely disrespectful to Canada, my god!

    • Penguin says:

      I think the photos are a red herring. The speech featured the photo with Meghan Harry and Doria. But you believe what you choose to believe.

    • Jaded says:

      Excuse me….I’m Canadian and we’re not a “colony” country, we’re part of a Commonwealth of nations. The Sussexes were most definitely NOT ordered anywhere. They got outta Dodge just in time to avoid Prince Pervert and the hateful British media. They came to the place where I LIVE, which happens to be spectacularly beautiful and peaceful. I’ll just go back to my igloo now and munch on some frozen moose meat.

      Jeebuz some of you people…

      • Gingerbee says:

        Jaded, some of these people are too dumb to realize that Canada is a Commonwealth nation, and maybe they do not know the meaning of commonwealth.

      • Olenna says:

        Just ignore the stupidity. It’s obvious some people have been triggered with the publication of the Christmas card photo. Like clockwork when that happens, they come here with the same low-brow nonsense, not to have an intelligent discussion but to dirty the thread with their mean-spirited delusions and to antagonize others.

    • Nic919 says:

      The Queen has no power over Canada outside of symbolism. Check out the statute of Westminster from 1937 and then the repatriation of the Canadian constitution in 1982. Canada stopped being a colony in 1867 and was a dominion after that.

      • Redgrl says:

        @olenna & @gingerbee – thanks for the kind words. It’s pretty frustrating as a Canuck reading this foolishness sometimes! But then I remember that most of those commenters couldn’t find Canada on a map… 😉
        And as for the photos the Queen had – they were all former monarchs (her dad) or future monarchs and their families. No big message or scandal there.

    • kerwood says:

      @Callister, See what watching too much Downton Abbey can do?

      I know you thought you sounded ‘grand’ by referring to Canada as a ‘colony’ country but ignorance is NEVER grand. A little less time on social media and a LOT more time filling the HUGE gaps in your education should be a priority in the new year.

  35. American Girl says:

    Zara, Mike, and the girls were at Buckingham Christmas lunch. Not sure why ppl keep saying they weren’t this year… Yes, the British Press is nasty, but MM is not blameless. I think things really started to go awry after her Wimbledon visit. Clearing a whole section for herself and two friends was really bad optics. And then there was the magazine cover that was plagiarized. And then the “top secret” godparents, as if that’s a HUGE invasion of privacy to mention their names. Honestly, if she and Harry don’t want to be royals, more power to them. Perhaps the Queen was too hasty in handing out the Sussex titles. She should have waited a year or two to see if they really wanted the job. Canada would be a great choice to make a new life. M can go back to acting and H can be a stay at home dad. With Will’s kids in the line of succession, I think Harry can safely turn in his title, home, and allowance and start anew. And then we wouldn’t have to listen to all the whining.

    • Olenna says:

      *Troll* , and not even British, SMH!

    • Guest says:

      Wow! Megxi t trolls out in force today! Barely half of what you’ve written comes within 100 feet of accurate, and the rest is straight-up bullsh**. Go back to tumblr with your (disingenuous and belligerent) own kind.

    • Jaded says:

      You appear to have a very active fantasy life.

    • February Pisces says:

      Firstly harry will never be able to “turn in” his title. Even if he left royal life he will still be HRH Prince Harry, ALWAYS. The duke of Windsor was still HRH after he abdicated, Prince Andrew still has his title even though he’s been sacked. The wimbledon incident where the press went crazy over something meghans ‘security’ did was to cover up the fact that a few days earlier the Keenbridges security ran over an old lady in her 80s leaving her in a critical condition. It wasn’t the Keenbridges fault, but I didn’t see them visiting her either. But of course that guy at Wimbledon not getting his selfie is was more important than someone almost dying.

    • Nic919 says:

      Harry can’t decide to live in Canada any more than he could in the US. There are things called immigration rules that he needs to follow. People need to stop acting like he can just show up and live here whenever he feels like it.

    • bonobochick says:

      Misogynoir troll

    • Abena Asantewaa says:

      @Americangirl, you obviously are an empty headed Troll, who needs to fill that void with so much tabloid crap and lies! You are basically parroting debunked stories including The Wimbledon tale, which was revealed as being The Security personnel who was doing his job, including the seating plan. The media knows the truth, but like you, the lies are better.He was never ordered by Meghan, she was seen taking pictures with kids and other fans. This shenanighans by the media make us love Harry and Meghan more.Looking forward to the launch of Sussexroyal Foundation. Bye!

      • Bonnyday says:

        At Wimbledon, Meghan certainly noticed that security cleared rows of seats around her group so that they were an island. If Kate allowed her security to do this at Wimbledon, posters here would ravage her. It was a bad call

      • February Pisces says:

        @bonnyday when Meghan went, it was last minute meaning people around her couldn’t be vetted by security. When Kate goes to Wimbledon (and Meghan also who has been with her the past two years) they sit in the royal box, the people around her have been vetted in advance. No random person can just sit in the royal box, those seats are usually filled by celebrities and the mega rich. not to mention their visit is planned months in advance. If Kate did the same I wouldn’t be mad at her, as I don’t think royals should ever compromise on their security and safety.

      • Nic919 says:

        The one time Kate sat with the peasants somewhere other than the royal box she was surrounded by aides and wimbledon officials.

    • PrincessK says:

      The Wimbledon story was a pack of lies. I was there, l was at the match, l saw it all. Seats were not cleared for Meghan. There were loads of pockets of empty seats all around the court. Meghan was seated in a Members section and in the early rounds it is well known that the Wimbledon snob members all leave to have their gin and tonics whenever Serena comes on. Meghan wasn’t denying seating to anyone. Stop spreading lies and taking everything you read as gospel.

      • Bonnyday says:

        @PrincessK, I don’t buy it, but kudos to you for the creative gin and tonic explanation.

      • Nic919 says:

        Thanks princess K. I recall your original comment and since you have posted here for a while, it’s obvious you aren’t some astroturfing troll as opposed to this other one.

        We have a prime example of a gaslighting troll here to try and pretend what people saw with their own eyes didn’t happen. Meghan was pictured taking selfies with part of the crowd so it’s obvious someone else has been sniffing their own gin and tonic.

  36. February Pisces says:

    I don’t know about the rest of the family but the Keenbridges seem delighted to have the Sussex’s out of the way. They clearly saw this as an opportunity to get the limelight back on them. People accuse Meghan of loving the limelight, but she just naturally gets attention without having to try, because she just has that star quality. The Keenbridges seem way thirstier for attention. I bet harry and Meghan are dreading coming back. In other news I saw a comment on twitter from someone in the Kensington area who said the Sussex’s were always nice and polite whilst kate and her mum were dropped by their dressmaker for their rudeness. That seems about right.

  37. Tai says:

    I don’t know if the Sussexes are in Saanich or not but reading it reminded me of something that happened the week b4 Christmas. I was downtown Victoria on Blanshard St when 3 dark sedans, in a row , all with darkened windows, drove past me tooward the inner harbour (Empess hotel, museum and Legislative buildings are there). If its a royal visit or big political visit those cars would be surrounded by motorcycle cops. These cars were not. So it was either a rich person with an entourage checking into the luxury Empress hotel for Christmas, or it was the Susssexes. I suppose it’s possible they were having a car tour. Victoria is only 30 minutes or less from where they are allegedly staying.

  38. yinyang says:

    Archie can thank his lucky stars he’s got the better mother, not flightly and fickle and irresponisible with no serious thought about anything, Meghan is strong and loving thats not afraid to go against the grain.

  39. JV says:

    Vancouver Island is one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been. A great place for some family R&R. Good for them!

  40. Dorothy says:

    So tired of it just let them live FFS

  41. blunt talker says:

    I would like to remind everyone that Harry and Meghan are the President/Vice-President of the Commonwealth countries. The last time I counted there are about 53 countries. So if they are visiting any of these countries is because it is a very big patronage. Canada is super beautiful. They will be dealing and visiting these countries on a constant basis. Meghan has said they have a lot work to do in these countries. There is a listing of all the British Commonwealth countries.

  42. Guest says:

    Soo where’s everyone going for their new year vacations? Far away Islands? Exotic places? Caribbean? Off to the mountains to ski? I guess this is the wrong place to talk about this since everyone here froths at the mouth at the thought of other people going away on multiple luxury vacations. Work hard and you’ll be able to afford the good things in life too – just like the Royals!

    • Silas says:


      I like Harry and Meghan but let’s not kid ourselves that they or any of the royals enjoy the luxuries they have because of work.

    • Aang says:

      More like be born Into or marry into a family that colonized and plundered the world and you too can take luxury vacations.

  43. Molly says:

    Good for H&M. Hope they enjoy every second of their time away from the Brits with Archie. Watching the treatment of Meghan and gaining a better understanding of Brexit, I see the UK in a different light…..and it’s not a good thing

  44. Dorothy says:

    Check this out they’re trying to spin their lack of confidentiality to prospective client, so ruined

    • Sunshine says:

      @Dorothy turned out the story was not true. Made up/exaggerated by the media. Once agin, making sh1t up with no regard for the people involved.

  45. Well-Wisher says:

    The local newspaper and restauranteur had so many calls regarding invading the Sussexes’s privacy and being unhospitable. It was reported that the restaurant did not want to deal with the hassle of security that they turned down the request for reservations. This was later denied.
    The newspaper further added that the trolls also called stating that the photos are fake King Archie is fake.etc Simply unreal.
    I do hope that they enjoy their stay in one of the most beautiful part of Canada and one that is very English as Quebec City is European-esque.

  46. Miriam says:

    The owners KNEW what they were doing. They are crying victim now because of the backlash. I mean why talk to a reporter in the first place??? The other businesses didnt and respected the Sussexs and other people’s privacy.
    This should be a lesson to those who think it’s a good idea to speak to tabloids in the future…