There’s one thing uniting the Sussex fans and the anti-Sussex people: an eagerness to hear about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s plans and 2020 schedule. The Sussex supporters want to know what causes and charities they should hype, and the anti-Sussex people are gearing up to screech about whatever Harry and Meghan do. It’s my hope that 2020 brings us an unbothered Meghan and Harry, and that their six weeks away did a lot for their mental health. Harry and Meghan spent New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Vancouver Island, which is where they spent Christmas as well. We know they were still there because Meghan, Harry and Abigail Spencer were seen by a Canadian couple, and Meghan helped the couple take some photos:
A young Victoria couple out for a New Year’s Day picnic and a hike were treated to the surprise of a lifetime yesterday. Iliya Pavlovic and Asymina Kantorowicz had just finished eating in Vancouver Island’s Horth Hill Regional Park on Wednesday afternoon when they started taking photos of themselves with their selfie stick among the natural scenery.
“We noticed a group was standing nearby and they had two dogs, one of which was approaching us,” said Kantorowicz, who happens to be a producer for CTV News Vancouver Island. They were checking the pictures they had just taken when a woman from the group approached them. “She starts asking if we want her to take a photo for us,” Kantorowicz said. “We said sure. I didn’t see who she was at that time.”
Kantorowicz did recognize another member of the group as Abigail Spencer, an actress from the television show Suits. “I thought she looked familiar, but didn’t think it could actually be her,” Kantorowicz added. The realization sparked a chain reaction and it soon dawned on Kantorowicz that the woman who was asking to take their photo was none other than Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and fellow Suits actress.
“I froze up. I actually couldn’t believe who it was. Then I looked over to the side and that’s when I realized Prince Harry was standing there,” Kantorowicz said. “I kept looking back and forth like, ‘Is this actually happening?’”
Pavlovic and Kantorowicz graciously accepted the royal’s offer to photograph the pair. “In that moment the only thing I could think to say, ‘There’s only so much that selfie sticks can do,’” Kantorowicz said. “She laughed and responded with something like, ‘We’ll have to do better,’ and then Harry said, ‘No pressure.’” Markle took three photos of the star-struck couple before the royals left with the black dog and a beagle. “She handed the phone back and said, ‘Happy New Year!’ and we said, ‘Thanks and happy New Year!” the Victoria woman said. “Then we kind of turned to each other laughed and said, ‘Did that just happen?’ I still can’t believe it. It feels like a dream.”
The Victoria woman says Markle was “super friendly” during the encounter and she appreciates that the royal took the time to stop to help them out. “We didn’t want to make a big deal of it. We hope they’re enjoying their family trip to the island.”
[From Vancouver Island CTV]
This is all we’re getting until Meghan and Harry go back to England! This is it – just sightings and Canadian peeps saying that they ran into the Sussexes and they’re really nice. I haven’t checked the Daily Mail, but I suspect they’re running this story as Unhinged American Meghan Pushes Her Way Into Canadian Couple’s Picnic. Anyway… I am legit curious about the dogs. Did the dogs belong to Abigail Spencer, or were those Harry and Meg’s dogs? Did they get to bring their dogs to Canada?
Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Avalon Red, SussexRoyal IG.