Meghan leaves U.K. days after she and Prince Harry drop royal bombshell

LONDON — NBC News confirmed Friday that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, had left the U.K. for Canada less than two days after she and husband Prince Harry made the shock announcement that they would “step back” from their roles as senior members of the royal family.

The two had been in Canada — where Meghan lived for seven years while she starred in the TV legal drama “Suits” — over Christmas. According to multiple reports, the couple's son Archie is still there.

On Wednesday in a bombshell announcement, Meghan and Harry said that they planned to split their time between the U.K. and North America, while "continuing to honor our duty to the queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages," according to a post on their new website.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 7: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Canada House in London, United Kingdom on January 7, 2020 and are greeted by Janice Charette. Duke and Duchess of Sussex will meet Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada to the UK and the staff and thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for their visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 7: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Canada House in London, United Kingdom on January 7, 2020 and are greeted by Janice Charette. Duke and Duchess of Sussex will meet Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada to the UK and the staff and thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 7: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Canada House in London, United Kingdom on January 7, 2020 and are greeted by Janice Charette. Duke and Duchess of Sussex will meet Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada to the UK and the staff and thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for their visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for their visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arriving for the visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for their visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives at Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arriving for her visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reacts as they leave after her visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, in London on January 7, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they are show a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist, Skawennati, in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House, in London on January 7, 2020, to give thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gesture during their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, on January 7, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smile during their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, on January 7, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gestures during her visit with Prince Harry to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, on January 7, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 7: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Canada House in London, United Kingdom on January 7, 2020. Duke and Duchess of Sussex met Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada to the UK and the staff and thanked them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving after their visit to Canada House, central London, to meet with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, as well as staff, to thank them for the warm hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit Canada House to meet with HE. Ms. Janice Charette, High Commissioner in Canada to the UK as well as staff to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada at Canada House on January 7, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit Canada House to meet with HE. Ms. Janice Charette, High Commissioner in Canada to the UK as well as staff to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada at Canada House on January 7, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
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They say they would like to keep their recently refurbished home in Windsor, and their royal protection and security, but plan to take a new approach to the British press after scathing coverage of the couple — in particular Meghan.

The couple’s decision to have a more independent life has been dubbed #Megxit, provoking vitriol from British tabloids, royalists and pundits.

Commentary in The Daily Mail — which traditionally supports the monarchy — and other mass market tabloids has been scathing.

"It's almost as if nothing matters to this couple apart from their own immediate happiness and gratification, as though they are incapable of seeing beyond their own little bubble of privilege," one columnist wrote.

In October, the couple filed suit against the Daily Mail's parent company after the tabloid published a private letter written by Meghan earlier this year.

In The Sun, Hugo Vickers wrote that it was "impossible not to think" that Harry "has been influenced by his wife with her Californian ideas."

On Wednesday, couple said they would take control of the relationship with the media by releasing information from their own social media channels, as well as “engage with grassroots media organizations.”

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