Canada a ‘top choice’ for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first royal tour

By Clare Douglas

After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle become an official royal couple on May 19, the lovebirds will be expected to carry out international tours on behalf of the Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge delighted Canadians when they embarked on a tour of the nation just two months after walking down the aisle in 2011. Now, fast-forward seven years and it looks like history is about to repeat itself. “Everything I’m hearing is [Prince Harry and Meghan] will visit Canada soon after the royal wedding,” revealed royal biographer Katie Nicholl in an interview with ET Canada.

TAP FOR GALLERY Prince Harry and Meghan made their official debut in Toronto at the 2017 Invictus Games. Photo: © Getty Images

If true, this news is both exciting and expected, given Meghan’s close relationship with the Great White North. The actress lived in Toronto for seven years while filming Suits and developed a strong affinity for her adopted homeland. It also holds a special place in both Meghan and Harry’s hearts, as it was on Canadian soil where they enjoyed private romantic date nights and later made their first official appearance as a couple at the 2017 Invictus Games in Ontario’s capital. “I think Toronto was really important in the relationship because Meghan could go about Toronto quite freely," noted Katie, adding, “I think Prince Harry was able to go there pretty incognito.”

Prince William and Kate visited Canada two months after their royal wedding in 2011. Photo: © Getty Images

Canada is also easily accessible to the United States, where Meghan grew up. Should a Canadian adventure be in the works, it is likely that the couple will follow in Prince William and Kate’s footsteps and add on a few days in America at the end of the tour. After visiting Ontario, Quebec, PEI, the Northwest Territories and Alberta in 2011, Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s parents make a pit stop in Meghan’s home state of California. While there, Prince William played in a charity polo match and the couple slipped into formal wear to attend the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles.

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While the palace has yet to confirm any official tour news, Prince Harry and Meghan do have an exciting international trip in their daytimers. This fall, they will head Down Under to watch athletes from around the world compete in the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney. Ahead of the tournament, which kicks off on October 20, the couple recently dropped in on atraining session at the University of Bath, where they watched members of Team GB prepare for their competitions.

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