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Inside the amazing Canadian life Meghan Markle misses – from her ‘perfect’ home to her A-list party nights

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have confirmed they're quitting as 'senior royals' and will split their time between the UK and North America.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gushed about their recent break in the picturesque country that Meghan called home for seven years when she starred in Suits.

Meghan's life before becoming a royal looked very different in Canada, where she hung with her socialite pals like Jessica Mulroney
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Meghan's life before becoming a royal looked very different in Canada, where she hung with her socialite pals like Jessica MulroneyCredit: Refer to Caption

The parents to eight-month-old Archie made the announcement via a statement on their Instagram page, which said: "After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.

"We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.

"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages."

The former actress gave up her life in Toronto after she got engaged to Prince Harry, where she had a host of A-list pals and enjoyed lavish private members clubs. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made the announcement after returning from their six-week break in Canada
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made the announcement after returning from their six-week break in Canada

So, with the couple setting up a new life across the pond, we look back at the extravagant lifestyle she no doubt misses...

The swanky £1.4million home

When she moved to live with Prince Harry in Kensington Palace, Meghan left behind a very girly three-bedroom, two bathroom pad in Toronto.

 Meghan rented this cute pad in Toronto while she filmed Suits
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Meghan rented this cute pad in Toronto while she filmed Suits Credit: The Mega Agency

Meghan’s former Canadian home was put up for sale last December and was eventually snapped up for $1.6 million (£953,289).

The two-storey townhouse was a place Meghan called home when she was starring in Suits as paralegal Rachel Zane - and Prince Harry even stayed there when he visited his then-girlfriend in secret.

Meghan shared snaps inside the gorgeous home, which showed it had very feminine feel, with lots of flowers, gilded mirrors, a pink striped rug in the hallway and chic white furniture.

The home included an eat-in kitchen, a picturesque, landscaped garden, a basement and a two-car garage and the home was said to be “crisply ironed to perfection.”

 Meghan had a large mirror in her room where she took selfies
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Meghan had a large mirror in her room where she took selfies Credit: Instagram
 The interior of the house featured white furniture and was light and airy
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The interior of the house featured white furniture and was light and airy
 Meghan also had a walk-in wardrobe fit for a princess... featuring an entire WALL devoted to her envy-inducing high heels
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Meghan also had a walk-in wardrobe fit for a princess... featuring an entire WALL devoted to her envy-inducing high heels
 The home had a pink striped rug in the hallway, and her pooches were clearly a fan
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The home had a pink striped rug in the hallway, and her pooches were clearly a fan Credit: Instagram

In true Hollywood fashion, the Suits starlet also had a lavish walk-in wardrobe where she devoted an entire wall to her enviable collection of high heels.

Meghan and Harry now live at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor with their seven-month-old baby Archie. 

The lifestyle website

Meghan posted her foodie favourites on her now-defunct blog The Tig
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Meghan posted her foodie favourites on her now-defunct blog The Tig

When she wasn’t acting in Suits, Meghan ran the now-defunct lifestyle platform The Tig, where she shared stories about her favourite food, places, fashion and inspiring women.

According to the website's "about" page, the name "The Tig" was inspired by Meghan's favourite Italian wine Tignanello.

The site, which was active for three years, also included celebrity interviews and details about Meghan’s resolutions. 

She shut The Tig in April 2017, three months before meeting her husband.

 Meghan and Serena have been friends since the actress was still starring in Suits
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Meghan and Serena have been friends since the actress was still starring in Suits Credit: Getty - Contributor

Pals with Canada’s top socialites

Before Meghan joined the royal family, she certainly had friends in high places. 

When she wasn’t hanging out with her Suits cast members, she became close to Jessica and Ben Mulroney, who were dubbed the city’s “most polished power couple”, by Toronto Life magazine. 

Ben is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, meanwhile fashion adviser Jessica has worked with current Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie. 

Meghan became fast friends with Jessica, who has been a fashion adviser to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie
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Meghan became fast friends with Jessica, who has been a fashion adviser to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s wife SophieCredit: Getty - Contributor
Meghan and Jessica have remained close after the actress married Harry
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Meghan and Jessica have remained close after the actress married Harry

In addition to her Canadian pals, other famous friends included tennis legend Serena Williams after meeting her in 2014, and actress Priyanka Chopra, who she bonded with at an ELLE Women in Television dinner. 

After befriending Soho House’s Markus Anderson, she was introduced to a host of “rich and powerful” people, including the Clooneys. 

The influential 1.9million Instagram account

 Meghan's old Instagram was full of eye-popping snaps of her in bikinis pulling bendy yoga poses
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Meghan's old Instagram was full of eye-popping snaps of her in bikinis pulling bendy yoga poses
 Casual dinner photos on holiday were a common posting for Meghan
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Casual dinner photos on holiday were a common posting for MeghanCredit: Instagram

Meghan became used to the spotlight thanks to her career as an actress, but also proved to be skilled at garnering a large social media presence too. 

Before she deleted her personal account in 2018 after getting engaged, she had racked up 1.9million followers, sharing posts of her travels and social activism. 

Thankfully now she still gets her social media fix from the couple's @SussexRoyal account, which just hit 10million followers.

Don't expect to see Meghan posing outside of posh lingerie store Agent Provocateur anymore
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Don't expect to see Meghan posing outside of posh lingerie store Agent Provocateur anymore

Hanging in Toronto’s most swanky venues

The actress was keen to volunteer in soup kitchens and charitable organisations when she wasn’t on set. 

But she did find time to frequent some of Toronto’s top restaurants and private members clubs too, like Soho House. 

Former pal Lizzie Cundy said of Meghan: "Yes, she liked to drink, she liked that side of things for sure.

 Meghan frequently posted boozy shots with wine - but it's likely grabbing two glasses at a time has now become a thing of the past
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Meghan frequently posted boozy shots with wine - but it's likely grabbing two glasses at a time has now become a thing of the past Credit: Instagram
 A photo of Meghan volunteering at the Toronto-based community centre St. Felix Centre has been shared by the charity
A photo of Meghan volunteering at the Toronto-based community centre St. Felix Centre has been shared by the charity
 Soho House's Markus Anderson is a close confidante of Meghan
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Soho House's Markus Anderson is a close confidante of MeghanCredit: Getty - Contributor

"She wasn’t that type of person who was like I’m just drinking water I need to go home early. She was out staying late, having a dance, enjoying it."

Meghan is a huge foodie too, often sharing photos of her home-cooked dishes or meals she enjoyed out in the city. 

Her favourite foodie haunts included eating pasta at high-end deli chain Terroni’s and tapas bar Isabel. 

And she even proved her love of ice hockey too, watching the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers, according to biography Meghan: An American Princess. 

Doing yoga

 The duchess loved 'an intense vinyasa class' and did yoga a couple of times a week
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The duchess loved 'an intense vinyasa class' and did yoga a couple of times a week

With a yoga-instructor for a mum, it’s no surprise that the duchess loved the discipline since she started at the age of seven. 

She continued this in Canada, and previously said: "I love an intense vinyasa class – and even better if it’s blasting hip hop and done in a dark room with candlelight.

"The best! I’ll do yoga a couple of times a week – hot yoga specifically.”

Nobody rocks a pair of denim cut-offs like Meghan, and her princess-perfect pins are probably because one of her favourite exercises is a six-mile run.

She said: “Running has always been my form of moving meditation, which I relish because it allows me to get out of my head."

Hanging with her dogs

Meghan loved nothing more than to hang out with her dogs Bogart and Guy
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Meghan loved nothing more than to hang out with her dogs Bogart and GuyCredit: Refer to Caption
Meghan often shared snaps of her pooches to her large fan base
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Meghan often shared snaps of her pooches to her large fan baseCredit: Instagram

Animal lover Meghan made sure her life in Toronto included plenty of time with her pooches Bogart and Guy. 

She shared numerous pictures of the sweet dogs on her Instagram before it was deleted. 

Meghan is said to have been heartbroken when she had to leave Bogart, her beloved Labrador-German Shepherd mix behind when she moved to the UK.

Guy was flown over but Bogart was thought too old to make the long plane journey so was given to pals to look after.

It was revealed that Meghan and Harry have a new dog in their home in London.

Meghan enjoyed more private time when she lived in Toronto
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Meghan enjoyed more private time when she lived in Toronto

We shared how Meghan and Prince Harry can’t keep their hands off each other as they return to duty after bumper six-week break.

The Sun exclusively revealed that Archie celebrated his first Christmas in an exclusive corner of Vancouver Island - 5,000 miles away from the rest of the Royal Family.

As they vacationed they were spotted by a couple who were struggling to take a photograph of themselves with a selfie stick - with Meghan and Harry offering to take the shot. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Canada House in London to officially thank Canadians for their hospitality
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