Rather than face spotlight in the United Kingdom, at their home of Frogmore Cottage, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex headed to Vancouver Island in Canada, taking their eight-month-old son Archie with them. See our news section for more expert interiors tips, product launches, and luxury travel and property updates Now, news has broken that the couple will be stepping down from their royal duties to spend six months of the year in North America. The news was posted on their Instagram account, @sussexroyal, with the caption: ‘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. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.’ Though the statement only states that they are moving to North America, the rumour mill has firmly decided Canada will be their new base. See:Meghan Markle’s former Los Angeles house is on sale for $1.8 million (opens in new tab) Meghan Markle is familiar with the destination, having previously spent time there when filming television show Suits. Although they didn’t publicly disclose where, exactly, they stayed on their Christmas visit, it is rumoured that Canadian musician David Foster allowed Harry and Meghan to stay in his waterfront compound in North Saanich. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex successfully negotiated their withdrawal from the royal family earlier this week, and it has already been announced the couple will not use their HRH titles. More recently, Prince Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, flew to Vancouver to be reunited with his wife and son.