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Harry and Meghan are pictured together for the first time since royal exit

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/15/2020 Rachel Sharp For Dailymail.com

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted together for the first time since stepping down from official royal duties as they stepped off a plane in Canada on Valentine's Day. 

Meghan Markle et al. standing next to a person: Harry looked casual in a grey sweater and baseball cap and was beaming as he touched down in his new home © Provided by Daily Mail Harry looked casual in a grey sweater and baseball cap and was beaming as he touched down in his new home

Pictures obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com showed the royal couple was all smiles, carrying their own bags as they landed in Canada minus baby Archie after taking a flight from the US.

They touched down at Victoria airport at around 4:45 pm last Friday, with what appeared to be a small group of security personnel.  

The couple chose to take a commercial flight this time, having previously been slammed for preaching about saving the planet, and then flying around the world by private jet. 

Meghan also opted for an eco-friendly outfit for the flight.  

Meghan Markle et al. standing on top of a suitcase: There was no sign of baby Archie, who is believed to be being looked after in their $14million Canadian hideaway while the couple set to work carving out new business ventures © Provided by Daily Mail There was no sign of baby Archie, who is believed to be being looked after in their $14million Canadian hideaway while the couple set to work carving out new business ventures

The Duchess, who led the way out of the plane with her husband following closely behind, was wearing a striped shirt, black cardigan, jeans and black pumps and her hair was loose. 

She was carrying a bag over her shoulder with a bulky grey sweater tucked into the strap and clutching a Prada duffel bag. 

Her $125 black pumps are from Rothy’s, a San Francisco-based company that turns recycled water bottles into shoes. Fashion bible Vogue has even dubbed the footwear as 'among the most politically correct shoes on our beleaguered planet'. 

Meanwhile, the $1,790 duffle bag comes from Prada's Re-Nylon line, which uses Econyl, a material that can allegedly be recycled indefinitely. It is made from mixing ocean waste and textile waste into fabric.

Her shirt is from Misha Nonoo, the US-based British-Bahraini fashion designer and Meghan's close friend.  

Meanwhile, Harry looked casual in a grey sweater, jeans and a baseball cap.

a couple of people that are talking to each other: The couple appeared to have left behind the turmoil of recent weeks -triggered by their shock announcement they were stepping down as senior Royals - as they seemed happy and relaxed from their trip away © Provided by Daily Mail The couple appeared to have left behind the turmoil of recent weeks -triggered by their shock announcement they were stepping down as senior Royals - as they seemed happy and relaxed from their trip away

In a departure from their royal ways, the couple carried their cabin bags off the flight. 

Meghan looked like she meant business, with what appeared to be a black leather laptop case or portfolio tucked underneath her arm.  

The couple were presumed to be in the States for business meetings as they look to break away from the royal family and start making money independent of the crown.

Judging by their smiles as they walked along down the plane steps and onto the tarmac it seems their 'business trip' was a success. 

Meghan Markle et al. standing on top of a suitcase: In a departure from their Royal ways, Harry and Meghan carried their own cabin bags off the commercial flight. The couple have previously been slammed for preaching about saving the planet, and then flying around the world by private jet

In a departure from their Royal ways, Harry and Meghan carried their own cabin bags off the commercial flight. The couple have previously been slammed for preaching about saving the planet, and then flying around the world by private jet
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The couple appeared to have left behind the turmoil of recent weeks as they beamed at one another and at their small roster of staff. 

There was no sign of baby Archie, who is thought to be being looked after in their $14 million Canadian hideaway while the couple set to work carving out new business ventures.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been in the US since early February, when they made their first public appearance as a couple since taking a step back from royal duties and leaving life in the UK behind.  

The pair visited luxury five-star hotel 1 Hotel South beach in Miami for the JP Morgan summit on February 6, where Harry gave a keynote speech to the crowd.

An expert estimated the couple would have been paid up to $1M to appear at the star-studded bash. 

According to royal sources, the couple then paid a visit to the prestigious Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, last Tuesday, having taken a commercial flight from Canada, where they are currently living with their son Archie. 

As reported by the Today show, Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are said to have attended 'brainstorming sessions' with several 'professors and academics' from the university, who have been helping them to work on the concept and creation of their new charitable organization.  

Upon their arrival at the campus, Harry and Meghan 'were personally greeted by Marc Tessier-Lavigne, the university's president', before attending 'brainstorming sessions' with staff members who are helping them 'with their ongoing work to establish a new charitable organization'. 

When the couple first announced their plans to step back from senior royal life they made mention of their plans to launch a new charity, writing on their website that their decision to split their time between North America and the UK would help them in this endeavor.

'This geographic balance will enable us 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,' they wrote. 

It is unclear what role the Stanford professors and academics have within this new entity, nor have Harry and Meghan made clear exactly what cause, or causes, the organization will focus on. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Stanford University for comment. 

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The couple’s pursuit of future business ventures has been mired in controversy to date.

They were criticized when footage emerged in January of the Duchess joking that she had attended the premiere of The Lion King to ‘pitch’ for work.

Then, last Thursday, MailOnline revealed that Prince Harry's team held talks with controversial investment bank Goldman Sachs back in November.

Their decision to work with academics this month at a university in California will no doubt raise more questions about whether the couple plans to relocate to the West Coast permanently.

Last Wednesday, DailyMail.com exclusively reported that Harry and Meghan are still weighing up their options as far as their decision to settle down, with Malibu, New York City, and Vancouver all in the running as potential home bases.

Meghan's mother Doria lives in Los Angeles - a six-hour drive away from Stanford - a possible factor in their decision. 

Meghan Markle et al. standing next to a car: The couple then paid a visit to the prestigious Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, on Tuesday, according to Royal sources

The couple then paid a visit to the prestigious Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, on Tuesday, according to Royal sources
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While the Duke and Duchess appeared content as they stepped down in Canada last Friday, their staff may be less so, after DailyMail.com last week revealed they were given their marching orders.

The couple are in the process of closing their Buckingham Palace office and axing their hugely experienced 15-strong team of London-based staff.

Almost all major decisions – and certainly their social media strategy – are now being made by the couple themselves and a coterie of US celebrity agents and publicists.  

Insiders have told the Mail that the couple's decision to hire a 'meddling' group of celebrity US-based agents and publicists has made life difficult for their palace staff.

The couple have been organizing private engagements and briefings with their new team, and even hired a Canadian designer to create their new website without any involvement from royal advisers. 

The Mail understands that following their royal exit, a small team of people will be employed privately in London to mastermind Harry’s new eco-friendly travel initiative, Travalyst.

It is thought the rest of the redundancies will be concluded by the spring, when Harry and Meghan’s ‘transition’ in stepping down as senior royals is formally concluded. 

This increasingly fractious separation comes as royal aides were reportedly left 'cringing' this week after the Duchess of Sussex posted a 'behind the scenes' video from her Vogue magazine editorship showing her putting on a silly hat and playing with a party blower. 

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Earlier today @edward_enninful, the Editor in Chief of @britishvogue shared: “#ForcesForChange, guest edited by The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal, was our fastest-selling issue in the history of #BritishVogue ( sold out in 10 days) and the biggest-selling issue of the past decade. I can't wait to see what 2020 has in store...” • To celebrate, we wanted to share this never before seen video behind the scenes with Edward and The Duchess of Sussex on the creation of this special issue. Please note, this was filmed last August in London. Congratulations to all of those who took part in the 2019 September issue, and huge thanks to those who supported and helped make this a success! Video credit: Directed by @kloss_films Copyright @sussexroyal

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Meghan and Harry uploaded the clip to their Sussex Royal Instagram feed to celebrate the fact that the Forces For Change edition in August was the magazine's best-selling issue of the decade. 

The Mail understands that Meghan and British Vogue editor Edward Enninful had been keen to put the video out since last summer but had been advised against it by palace officials because it was seen to be too 'inane' and frivolous.

They feared the image of Meghan wearing a party hat with a blower in her mouth could come back to haunt her, and could even be made into a 'Megxit meme', a humorous viral picture.  

 
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