Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan joke about the rain in British Columbia while at Canada House

By Heather Cichowski

While parts of Canada received plenty of snow in December, some of British Columbia got a ton of rain! Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan joked about this when they returned to work on Jan. 7 after spending time in Canada.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out to Canada House in London to meet with Janice Charette, the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, to show their appreciation for Canada's hospitality during their stay in British Columbia as part of their extended six-week break from royal duties.

On the way inside, the couple met with well-wishers and more Canada House employees, who were standing outside. According to People, Harry asked the staff members if they had good holidays, and then shed some light on the couple's stay on Vancouver Island.

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry held hands and acknowledged the crowds as they left Canada House! Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"He said it was raining a lot of the time," Jamie Weare, from Ontario, revealed.

But one of her colleagues was reportedly quick to point out that Harry laughed when he said the remark, so he might have been joking.

While Victoria and North Saanich, where the Sussexes reportedly stayed, typically has a much drier climate than the rest of Vancouver Island (and much of British Columbia!), it did receive a large amount of rain in December. About 121 millimetres of precipitation fell on the region, according to Environment Canada. That wasn't quite as much as the 126 millimetres the area received the previous January, but it's still quite high, considering most of Vancouver Island outside of the west coast is known for its Mediterranean climate.

Jamie continued that Meghan had positive things to say about the family's private time in British Columbia.

"Meghan said it was beautiful," she added. "They seemed really relaxed and happy.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan's visit to Canada House also included a stop at Canada Gallery to see an exhibition by Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) multimedia artist Skawennati. The visit marked the couple's very first royal engagement of 2020.

Before heading back to work, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed a six-week break from royal duties with young son Archie. They reportedly spent Christmas in British Columbia in the North Saanich area of Vancouver Island with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland. The couple and friends were spotted a few times on the island and even helped a fellow hiker take a photo!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch Wheelchair Tennis at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto on Sept. 25, 2017. Photo: © Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images

Meghan and Harry famously have a soft spot for Canada. Meghan lived and worked in Toronto when she appeared on Suits. The lovebirds made their official public debut as a couple in the Canadian city at the 2017 Invictus Games, holding hands and looking very much smitten with each other.

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