Duchess Meghan can reportedly thank her friendship with Katharine McPhee for the "private family time" she has been enjoying on Vancouver Island with Prince Harry and Archie! Katharine's husband, Canadian music producer David Foster, says he connected them with the estate in North Saanich, B.C., where they have been spending their six-week extended break from royal duties.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, David says he was happy to connect the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with one of his close friends, who owns a $14-million mansion on the island, which he calls a "magical" home. The Canadian music legend told the publication the Sussexes needed somewhere secluded to spend their holidays with Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother. He knew just the spot.
"I felt honoured that I was able to help Meghan there, because I'm a Canadian and we're a Commonwealth country, we're the Crown's," he said of his gesture. "It's important to us, so I grew up with that kind of sentiment. I was really happy to be able to help them find a respite just to take a little time off."
Katharine and Meghan grew up together and did musical theatre while they lived in Los Angeles. In January 2019, Katharine shared an incredible throwback photo on her Instagram, which showed the two wearing makeup, hair and outfits as part of a gig.
David is originally from Victoria, British Columbia's capital city, which is just south of North Saanich, where the mansion is located. He declined to name its owner, but says that Meghan, Harry, Archie and Doria were able to spend so much time on Vancouver Island before the story got out shows his hometown is special. He went on to say he had met Harry and Meghan in London "maybe a year ago" and was "immediately... drawn to them" and "happy to help" them find a space for their vacation.
"I don't know what their next plans are, but I know that it was reinvigorating for them to spend some downtime," he said.
Last week, news broke that the Sussexes had been spotted hiking at Horth Hill Regional Park, a popular destination for those who love the great outdoors, and that their security had met with the owners of the Deep Cove Chalet. Harry and Meghan also helped another couple take a selfie while out hiking at Horth Hill over New Year's.
In addition to spending their time outdoors, Meghan and Harry have been enjoying sharing moments from their winter break with their Instagram followers. On New Year's Eve, they shared a roundup video that included a sweet picture of Harry holding Archie that was taken by Meghan. The little boy looked warm and cozy in a brown jacket, grey wool toque and brown UGGs boots.
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“Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and thanking you for your continued support! We’ve loved meeting so many of you from around the world and can’t wait to meet many more of you next year. We hope 2020 brings each of you health and continued happiness.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Special thanks to Chris Martin and @Coldplay for allowing us to use one of their songs Photo and video © SussexRoyal Thanks to PA for additional images and footage
The couple also shared a lovely Christmas card through The Queen's Commonwealth Trust on Christmas Eve. In it, Archie can be seen peering into the lens of a camera while his parents laugh behind him in front of a Christmas tree. The image was taken by actress Janina Gavankar, one of Meghan's friends, who is known for her work on The L Word and True Blood.
Just sharing the sweetest Christmas Card from our President and Vice-President, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Very Merry Christmas, everyone! pic.twitter.com/McOcHALoGl
— The Queen's Commonwealth Trust (@queenscomtrust) December 23, 2019