Princess Diana could have inspired Meghan Markle and Harry’s royal break to Canada

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PRINCESS DIANA could have inspired Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s choice of destination for their six-week break from royal duties.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly spending the festive period on Vancouver Island. Meghan and Harry are following in the footsteps of Diana, who visited with Prince Charles in 1986.

The Sussexes are taking time off royal life after admitting they were feeling the pressure in a documentary filmed during their Africa tour.

Earlier this month, a spokeswoman confirmed they were enjoying “private family time” in Canada with their seven-month-old son Archie.

The spokeswoman added: “The decision to base themselves in Canada reflects the importance of this Commonwealth country to them both.

Meghan is just like Princess Diana according to historian David Starkey Image GETTY
Princess Diana could have inspired Meghan and Harry’s choice of destination for their six-week break (Image GETTY)

Princess Diana could have inspired Meghan and Harry’s choice of destination for their six-week break (Image GETTY)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly spending the festive period on Vancouver Island (Image: GETTY)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly spending the festive period on Vancouver Island (Image: GETTY)

“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.”

Meghan and Harry have been spotted by locals in North Saanich and in Horth Hill Regional Park, according to reports.

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Meghan and Harry are following in the footsteps of Diana, who visited with Prince Charles in 1986 (Image: GETTY)

Meghan and Harry are following in the footsteps of Diana, who visited with Prince Charles in 1986 (Image: GETTY)

Restaurant owner Bev Koffel told the Vancouver Sun: “Horth Hill’s become a very popular place now.

“And they jog around, so they’ve been seen.

“It’s kind of exciting. I hope everything goes fine for them.

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The Sussexes celebrated Christmas away from the Royal Family this year (Image: GETTY)

The Sussexes celebrated Christmas away from the Royal Family this year (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan and Harry were pictured together in Canada in 2017 for the Invictus Games (Image: GETTY)

Meghan and Harry were pictured together in Canada in 2017 for the Invictus Games (Image: GETTY)

“They’re breaking away from tradition and I just wish them all the best.”

The Sussexes celebrated Christmas away from the Royal Family this year.

They are spending the festive season with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.

Meghan and Harry took to Instagram to post a Christmas message to their followers.

They said: “Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas – Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

Meghan was based in Toronto before she married Harry to film US drama Suits.

She and Harry were pictured together in Canada in 2017 for the Invictus Games.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK