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EXCLUSIVE: Grinning Meghan Markle breaks cover for the first time since leaving the UK as she boards a seaplane from Victoria Harbour Airport - but no sign of Archie

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 14/01/2020 Martin Gould In North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada, For Dailymail.com

a person standing in front of a building: A smiling Meghan Markle was spotted Tuesday leaving the $14million Vancouver Island home where she and Prince Harry stayed over the holidays with Archie. She has been staying in the mansion since last week, but Archie was nowhere to be seen Tuesday © Provided by Daily Mail A smiling Meghan Markle was spotted Tuesday leaving the $14million Vancouver Island home where she and Prince Harry stayed over the holidays with Archie. She has been staying in the mansion since last week, but Archie was nowhere to be seen Tuesday

Meghan Markle broke cover for the first time on Tuesday leaving the palatial $14million Canadian home where she has been holed up since last week.

The Duchess of Sussex sped 22 miles from the Vancouver Island ocean-side mansion to Victoria Harbour Airport where she boarded a seaplane for the mainland.

a person sitting on a bench: The Duchess opted to recycle her wardrobe, wearing a $399 Barbour coat, first worn by her in March 2017 and paired it with a $195 Cuyana bag she wore to Wimbledon in June 2019. She wore Le Chameau boots retailing for $493.36 © Provided by Daily Mail The Duchess opted to recycle her wardrobe, wearing a $399 Barbour coat, first worn by her in March 2017 and paired it with a $195 Cuyana bag she wore to Wimbledon in June 2019. She wore Le Chameau boots retailing for $493.36

Eight-month-old son Archie was nowhere to be seen and Meghan, accompanied by members of her security detail, did not appear to take luggage with her as she flew to Vancouver.

Meghan pulled a fur-lined hood over her head and wore knee-high brown boots to protect herself from snow flurries as she boarded the plane. 

a couple of people that are standing in the snow: The Duchess pulled a fur-lined hood over her head and wore knee-high brown boots as she boarded a small seaplane to head to the mainland © Provided by Daily Mail The Duchess pulled a fur-lined hood over her head and wore knee-high brown boots as she boarded a small seaplane to head to the mainland

It is the first time she has been positively spotted since she flew back to British Columbia last week, although there have been unconfirmed reports of her driving into the nearby town of Sidney by the Sea and going to Victoria International Airport.

She made her move as the Canadian Navy moored a vessel just a quarter mile out to sea off Mille Fleurs, the home where her family spent the holidays and where she has been staying in since she hurriedly left London.

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The coastal defense vessel Brandon moved into place in Patricia Bay on Monday.

But Canadian Navy spokeswoman Lt. Chelsea Dubeau said the mooring so close to Meghan's temporary home was 'coincidence,' and the Brandon, she said, was in the middle of sea trials.

a couple of people that are standing in the snow: The Duchess pulled a fur-lined hood over her head and wore knee-high brown boots as she boarded a small seaplane to head to the mainland © Provided by Daily Mail The Duchess pulled a fur-lined hood over her head and wore knee-high brown boots as she boarded a small seaplane to head to the mainland

'Sometimes during sea trials they moor to conduct exercises on board, either on or around the ship,' Dubeau told DailyMail.com.

The Duchess opted to recycle her wardrobe, wearing a $399 Barbour coat, first worn by her in March 2017 and paired it with a $195 Cuyana bag she wore to Wimbledon in June 2019.  She wore Le Chameau boots retailing for $493.36.

a boat in the water with a city in the background: The Duchess sped 22 miles from the Vancouver Island ocean-side mansion to Victoria Harbour Airport where she boarded a Whistler Air seaplane for the mainland © Provided by Daily Mail The Duchess sped 22 miles from the Vancouver Island ocean-side mansion to Victoria Harbour Airport where she boarded a Whistler Air seaplane for the mainland

Meghan has been holed up in Mille Fleurs since Friday after leaving husband Prince Harry in Britain to work out the terms for the couple quitting as senior members of the Royal Family.

She was expected to phone into discussions between Harry, the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William on Monday but in the end left it all to her husband to finalize the details.

a man and a woman standing in front of a fence: Meghan seemed relaxed and happy as she walked toward the plane that had other paying customers on board © Provided by Daily Mail Meghan seemed relaxed and happy as she walked toward the plane that had other paying customers on board

Harry is due to fly back to Canada — where the couple stayed for six weeks in December and the New Year — later this week when the couple will start out on their new life. His last royal duty will be to appear at the draw for the Rugby League World Cup at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

a couple of people that are sitting on a bench: Meghan seemed relaxed as she chatted to a staff member while walking to the plane © Provided by Daily Mail Meghan seemed relaxed as she chatted to a staff member while walking to the plane Meghan boarded a plane that appeared to have other paying customers on board © Provided by Daily Mail Meghan boarded a plane that appeared to have other paying customers on board

The Duchess of Sussex today denied she was barred from 'dialing in' to the landmark Sandringham summit from Canada as senior royals discussed her stepping down from the Royal Family with Prince Harry.  

The couple's Kensington Palace spokesman insisted Meghan was not shut out of the discussion and just left it to her husband, saying: 'In the end, the Sussexes decided that it wasn't necessary for the Duchess to join'.

a large body of water surrounded by trees: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their first Christmas with baby Archie in Mille Fleurs, $14.1 million waterfront mansion near Victoria, British Columbia. She has been staying there since she left the UK last week © Provided by Daily Mail Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their first Christmas with baby Archie in Mille Fleurs, $14.1 million waterfront mansion near Victoria, British Columbia. She has been staying there since she left the UK last week

It comes as the Sussex team continues to negotiate an abdication deal on money, titles and establishing their international commercial brand.

Meanwhile it was also revealed that the Queen allowed Harry and Meghan to quit as senior Royals following a private heart-to-heart with her grandson at yesterday's crisis summit.

Gallery: Prince Harry and Meghan exit: What we know so far (Photos)

After a family meeting at Sandringham, Her Majesty released a historic and emotionally-charged statement regretting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to split their time between Canada and the UK as they wind down their Royal duties.

Elizabeth II wearing a black hat: The Queen (pictured attending church at Sandringham on Sunday), made clear her deep disappointment at Harry and Meghan's decision to quit in a statement released yesterday © Provided by Daily Mail The Queen (pictured attending church at Sandringham on Sunday), made clear her deep disappointment at Harry and Meghan's decision to quit in a statement released yesterday

The ownership of Mille Fleurs, which is hidden from view on a promontory overlooking Patricia Bay, is still clouded in mystery.

Five neighbors, a former colleague of the realtor who last sold the mansion, and a friend of the former owner all told DailyMail.com the current owner is a Russian businessman. Some said he is a billionaire.

Meghan and Harry were introduced to the mystery owner by David Foster, a friend of the owner. Foster's wife Katherine McPhee was a school friend of the Duchess of Sussex.

And the multi-millionaire has also declined to identify himself voluntarily ahead of new legislation in the Canadian province which will make it compulsory for the owners of properties to be publicly named.

a man and a woman standing next to a plane: Prince William, Catherine, a younger Prince George and Princess Charlotte were pictured at Victoria Harbour in 2016 walking down the same ramp as Meghan Markle was pictured Tuesday © Provided by Daily Mail Prince William, Catherine, a younger Prince George and Princess Charlotte were pictured at Victoria Harbour in 2016 walking down the same ramp as Meghan Markle was pictured Tuesday

A realtor involved in the 2014 sale of the home said it was bought by a billionaire who is neither Canadian nor or American for $18 million CAD - $14 million. The buyer's identity was subject to a non-disclosure agreement, the realtor, who declined to be named, said.

The association of the royal couple with a multi-millionaire – or possibly even a Russian billionaire – who masks his identity comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex find themselves apparently at war with their own family over their decision to move to North America and 'move towards' financial independence.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry are posing for a picture: The property, which sits on the 830,000sqft Île Gagnon in the Milles Îles River, was built in 2001 and was the marital home of Dion and her late husband René Angélil © Provided by Daily Mail The property, which sits on the 830,000sqft Île Gagnon in the Milles Îles River, was built in 2001 and was the marital home of Dion and her late husband René Angélil

An association with someone who goes to extraordinary lengths to hide their identity will raise questions over judgment as they pursue earning opportunities in their attempt to 'work towards financial independence.'

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