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Prince Harry lands in Victoria to reunite with Meghan and son Archie

Britain's Prince Harry has arrived in Canada to begin a new life with his wife Meghan and son Archie after sparking a crisis in the Windsor family by unexpectedly announcing earlier this month that they would be stepping down from royal duties.

Prince arrives days after striking a deal with Queen to step back as a senior royal

In a speech last weekend to a British charity, Prince Harry said he felt 'great sadness' but found 'no other option' to cutting almost all of his and his wife Meghan's royal ties in the hopes of achieving a more peaceful life. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/The Associated Press)

Britain's Prince Harry has arrived in Canada to begin a new life with his wife Meghan and son Archie after sparking a crisis in the Windsor family by unexpectedly announcing earlier this month that they would be stepping down from royal duties.

Harry was shown arriving on Vancouver Island via WestJet by Sky News, just days after striking a deal with Queen Elizabeth and senior royals that will see him and his wife Meghan exit official roles to seek an independent future.

Buckingham Palace and the Queen said on Saturday that Harry and Meghan would no longer be working members of Britain's monarchy, no longer use their "Royal Highness" titles and would now pay their own way in life, freeing them to forge new careers in North America.

WATCH: Prince Harry saddened to step back, but wants 'more peaceful life'

Prince Harry addressed the myriad emotions he and his wife, Meghan, are feeling after agreeing with Queen Elizabeth that the couple would step down from official roles. 1:33

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they are formally known, spent six weeks in Canada at the end of last year before returning to Britain. Their first official engagement of 2020 was to visit Canada House to thank consular staff for what they said had been an "unbelievable" welcome.

The duchess has been staying on B.C.'s West Coast with her son, after briefly returning to the U.K. earlier this month following an extended six-week Christmas break on Vancouver Island with Prince Harry.

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, leave Canada House in London on Jan. 7, 2020. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

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