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Meghan Markle just had tea with staff at a Vancouver women's centre

Meghan Markle has been busy in Canada amidst controversy surrounding her and her husband's latest decision to step back from their roles as 'senior royals'. 

Markle was spotted yesterday at a Vancouver women's centre, where she met with staff  to "discuss issues affecting women in the community".

The Downtown Eastside Women's Shelter posted a photo of Meghan with staff yesterday, writing that the Duchess had stopped by for tea and a visit.

Kate Gibson, the centre’s acting director, told CBC News that Markle spent more than an hour with frontline staff, and asked about their work and how to improve safety for their clients in the Downtown Eastside.

Markle is a vocal supporter of rights for women and girls, and has focused on such advocacy work in the past.

Just last week, Meghan and Harry visited the Hubb Community Kitchen in London where a group of women have been working to support families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire

Even before Markle traded her life as actress to be a royal, she would volunteer at the St. Felix Centre in downtown Toronto. The centre offers programs and services for marginalized people in the community. 

The royal couple announced last week that they have decided to "step back as senior members of the Royal Family" and will "work to become financially independent".

Controversy ensued after the pair announced their decision, as it was believed that the rest of the royal family was unaware of their tentative plan. Many people are outraged that the couple would leave their roles as royals and move from the UK.

Just yesterday the Queen was joined by the Prince of Wales and his two sons Princes William and Harry at the Royal’s Norfolk country estate for what has been called the “Sandringham summit.” The family apparently discussed changes Harry and Meghan intend to make.

Shortly after the talks concluded, the Queen released a statement revealing Meghan and Harry will spend time in both Canada and the U.K. during a period of transition.

"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K," read the statement. 

Markle and her son Archie have reportedly been in Canada for the last few days. They spent the holiday season in Canada as well, and were mostly spotted around parts of Vancouver Island.

Lead photo by

Downtown Eastside Women's Centre

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