Meghan ‘only told nanny they were going to Canada once plane took off’ in secret escape

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A royal author has claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex only told their childcare worker the full details of the destination once the flight had taken off.

Making claims on the secrecy surrounding this break abroad, he wrote: “When Harry and Meghan went to Canada for their six-week break in November 2019, their escape plans were already laid, amid the greatest secrecy.

“Meghan would not even tell their nanny, Lorren, where they were going.

“According to one source, she did not know where they were going until the plane — a private jet — was in the air.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry smiling

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer senior royals (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle speaking to Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to California in March 2020 (Image: GETTY)

Express.co.uk has contacted representatives of the Duke and Duchess at Archewell for comment.

Reports Meghan and Harry would take a long break with their son Archie Harrison from royal engagements first emerged in late October 2019, with a source saying at the time they would take “some much-needed family time”.

On November 14 of that year, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed the young family was going to spend the winter holidays with Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland, rather than with members of the Royal Family who traditionally gather in Sandringham over Christmas.

However, they did not say where they would spend their break.

Meghan Markle sitting next to Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Canada House in January 2020 (Image: GETTY)

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

“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 Markle and Prince Harry in March 2020

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arriving at their last joint engagement as senior royals (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle holding Archie

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry travelled to Canada with Archie in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

Meghan and Prince Harry returned to the UK in early January 2020, when they paid a public visit to Canada House in Trafalgar Square, London, to thank Canadians for their warm hospitality during their winter break.

One day later, the Duke and Duchess sent shockwaves through the country as they announced their intention to step back as full-time working members of the Firm and carve out new progressive roles for themselves within the Royal Family.

Their outlined plan would have seen them no longer relying on taxpayer funds in the form of the Sovereign Grant in a bid to lower the public scrutiny.

Rather, they would have become financially independent by striking their own deals.

At the same time, they wanted to continue to represent the Queen and the Crown through royal engagements and tours.

They also spoke of living between North America and the UK, with the aim to “raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity”.

Prince Harry discussed the terms of his and Meghan’s exit from the Firm during a meeting with the Queen, Prince William and then Prince Charles in Norfolk, later dubbed Sandringham Summit.

The Duke and Duchess were not allowed to pursue their half-in, half-out solution.

Meghan Markle looking at Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took a six-week break from royal duties in November 2019 (Image: GETTY)

As a consequence, they can no longer use their HRH styling and had to return their royal and military patronages.

In turn, they are now free to struck financially profitable deals and pursue non-profit work in the fields they prefer without the constrains set by the Firm.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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