Meghan Markle's school friend Katherine McPhee's husband arranged her and Prince Harry's Christmas getaway in a $14million mansion on Vancouver Island, Canada, by connecting them to its mystery multi-millionaire owner, Dailymail.com can reveal.
Music producer David Foster, 69, told DailyMail.com that he hooked up the royal couple with accommodation in a secluded waterfront estate in North Saanich, owned by a close friend of the Canadian songwriter – but declined to identify the owner.
Foster said his wife, 35-year-old Hollywood actress Katharine McPhee, who went to school with Meghan in Los Angeles, discovered that the Duke and Duchess were in need of a discreet spot for their first Christmas holiday with seven-month-old Archie and Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, and he was happy to oblige.
'I felt honored that I was able to help Meghan there, because I'm a Canadian and we're a commonwealth country, we're the Crown's,' Foster told DailyMail.com. 'It's important to us, so I grew up with that kind of sentiment.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are shedding light on the devastating wildfires that have been spreading across Australia for months now.
Showing no signs of stopping, about 12.35 million acres have burned in Australia, destroying more than 1,400 homes and claiming the lives of about 23 people. According to CBS News, "more than half a billion wild animals have perished in the flames" and the number is expected to "exponentially increase."
On Saturday, Jan. 4, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to Instagram to send a powerful message to Australia, its residents who have been forced to evacuate their homes and the volunteer firefighters that have been fighting the flames.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those across Australia who are continuing to face the devastating fires that have been raging for months," Meghan and Harry wrote on Instagram, alongside devastating images of the effects of the wildfires in Australia.
The captioned continued: "From areas we are personally connected to such as the communities and people we visited in New South Wales in 2018, to the fires in California and parts of Africa, we are struck by the increasingly overlapping presence of these environmental disasters, including of course the destruction of the Amazon which continues."
The Sussexes are kicking off 2020 in an amazing way. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first official royal engagement of the year will be a visit to Canada House in London. It will take place really soon on Jan. 7. They will meet with the High Commissioner of Canada to the UK and the duo will visit the Canada gallery and view an exhibition by the artist Skawennati, per multiple reports.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are back from their Christmas break — and paying tribute to the country that hosted their winter getaway!
The royal couple just announced that their first royal engagement of 2020 will be on Tuesday, Jan. 7, when they will visit the Canada House in London. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will meet with Janice Charette, High Commissioner in Canada to the U.K. as well as staff “to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.”
Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, will also visit the Canada Gallery and view a special exhibition by Indigenous Canadian artist Skawennati and meet members of the High Commission team who work in a range of sectors supporting the partnership between Canada and the UK.
The pair previously visited Canada House in March 2019, when they celebrated Commonwealth Day. At the time, Meghan was pregnant with son Archie, who was born on May 6. The former actress called Toronto home for year while she filmed the show Suits.
A little rain can’t dull Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s glow. In fact, it enhances it!
The couple made their first official joint outing since the Duchess of Sussex’s return to the U.K. at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London on Thursday. The rain poured as they made their entrance, so they huddled close together under an umbrella held by Harry.
Between the flashing camera lights reflecting off the rain and the duo sharing megawatt smiles, Meghan and Prince Harry look straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster.
Meghan, 38, looked the part of a movie star in a fitted teal dress by Victoria Beckham with BB pumps by Manolo Blahnik. She pulled her long hair into a chic low ponytail. Prince Harry, 35, matched his wife in a navy suit and light blue tie.
In case ya hadn't heard, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have peaced out of Canada and are currently living in Los Angeles, where they're social-distancing along with the rest of the country. And while the royal couple never once said they were planning to lean on the U.S. government to help with their security costs, President Donald Trump hit Twitter to inform them that he'll be doing no such thing:
“I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom,” Trump tweeted. “It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”
Glad that's cleared up. And if you're looking for details on Meghan and Harry's move, a source told The Sun: "Harry and Meghan have left Canada now for good. The borders were closing and flights were stopping. They had to get out. But this move was planned for some time. They realized Canada would not work out for various reasons and they want to be based in the Los Angeles area. They have a big support network there. It’s where their new team of Hollywood agents and PRs and business managers are based. Meghan has lots of friends there and, of course, her mum Doria."