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Prince Harry just arrived in Canada on a WestJet flight

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are already delivering on their promise to live more humble (read: less royal) lives, it seems, with the former arriving in Canada this morning on a regular commercial jetliner.

The Duke of Sussex, who announced with his wife on January 8 that they'd be stepping down as senior members of the royal family, was spotted disembarking a WestJet flight on Vancouver Island early Tuesday morning to — as Sky News put it — "begin his new life with Meghan and baby Archie."

The progressive prince was reportedly "whisked away" by a car waiting for him on the tarmac this morning and transported to the house where he spent six weeks over the holidays with Meghan and their 8-month-old son.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, returned to Canada from the U.K. just a few days after the couple's bombshell announcement, while young Archie has remained in B.C. since Christmas.

With the Queen's blessing, the young family will now be splitting their time between the U.K. and Canada as they work to become "financially independent." 

Hungry for the "razzle dazzle" that only British Monarchs can inspire, Canadians are absolutely fascinated by footage of Harry's arrival in our humble, bone-chilling country this morning.

This has less to do with #Sussexit fever, however, than it does with the fact that Harry flew WestJet.

"Prince Harry definitely is a TRUE Canadian now. He's suffering through a Westjet flight, just like the rest of us," wrote one Twitter user of the 35-year-old royal.

"Prince Harry flew on WestJet airlines," wrote another of the discount Canadian carrier. "Damn they really are taking away their funding lol."

"Prince Harry flying WestJet to Canada is the biggest mystery of 2020," wrote another still. "I wonder if he enjoyed them singing the safety announcement."

Others are congratulating WestJet's marketing team on their amazing luck and wondering what it was like for regular passengers aboard the flight to spot Prince Harry among them.

WestJet doesn't even have a first class, after all.

The Duke is said to have flown from London's Heathrow Airport to the Vancouver International Airport before hopping the WestJet flight to Victoria, B.C., so it was quite a short hall.

It's also not the first time he's flown WestJet: Harry was spotted aboard one of the carrier's planes from Toronto's Pearson International Airport to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in May of 2016.

Many are taking Harry's choice of flight as a symbol of his dedication to becoming a normal, non-royal citizen, nonetheless.

Along with doing more regular people things (like booking commercial flights), Harry and Meghan will be using their new status as ex-senior royals to focus on charitable endeavours.

The Duke and Duchess will no longer be able to use their royal titles (His Royal Highness and Your Royal Highness), nor will they officially represent Harry's grandmother on the international stage, as per an agreement with the Queen herself.

They will, however, gain some reprieve in Canada from the notoriously invasive and relentless British press — which is clearly worth more than any amount of money for the young, famous family.

Lead photo by

Kay Burley


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