Carefree Meghan Markle smiles and laughs as she breaks cover after Royal split

Meghan Markle was pictured looking carefree and all smiles as she made her first appearance amid her and Prince Harry ’s split from the Royal Family.

The Duchess of Sussex broke cover after a week of drama back in Britain which roped in The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William .

And while back in the UK it was a week of crisis summits, Meghan was seen beaming after leaving the $14million mansion where she is staying in Canada.

Wearing a green parka and black scarf as she braved the snow, the Duchess couldn’t hold back a grin as she clutched her over-the-shoulder bag.

She left the ocean-side property on Vancouver Island shortly before 10am, before arriving at Victoria Harbour Airport 20 minutes later where she boarded a seaplane.

It appears Meghan was so care-free that she made a surprise visit to the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre in Vancouver to “boost the staff’s spirits”.

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Meghan was pictured smiling again as she stood with her arms around some of the women at the centre.

Wearing a cream coloured top, she appeared in the centre of a photo with eight of the staff to “offer support”.

The shelter posted a photograph on its Facebook page of Meghan, saying “look who we had tea with today”.

“[She] visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community,” they said.

The staff only became aware of the visit when Meghan rocked up at the centre.

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Meghan could be seen laughing with her security team as she went to board the seaplane.

She looked like a weight had been lifted from her shoulders amid the arguments back in Britain.

It is the first positive sighting of her since the so-called Megxit drama where she and Harry quit their Royal duties.

She returned to Canada after just three days, leaving baby Archie there to be cared for her by her best pal.

The Duchess reportedly wants to raise Archie in Canada – and has no intention of moving back to live in the UK.

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Meghan is a passionate feminist – so its no surprise her first post-Royal engagement is a visit for a cause close to her heart.

The actress is known for her strong stance of feminism – saying in a speech back in 2015: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”

She said: “Women make up more than half of the world’s population and potential, so it is neither just nor practical for their voices, for our voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision-making.

“The way that we change that, in my opinion, is to mobilize girls and women to see their value as leaders, and to support them in these efforts.”

Since she was 11 she has been involved in campaigning for women rights, even writing a letter as a child to a soap company complaining about a sexist ad.

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The shelter – which provides refuge for women and children – is situated in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada on Vancouver's Eastside.

Offering services to thousands of women each year, the centre provides an emergency night shelter for women who are homeless or at risk of violence.

It hosts up to 150 women each night with beds for only 57, often taking in women who have been rejected by other shelters due to mental health or addiction issues.

“She asked what the women would need in terms of support. It was a nice meeting,” one staff member said.

It is unknown if Meghan will forge a long-term relationship with the centre now she wants to stay in Canada.

Archie was nowhere to be seen, but he is believed to being looked after by a nanny and her best friend Jessica Mulroney.

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Meghan has been holed up at the Canadian mansion – owned by a mystery billionaire – since Friday after she left Harry to face the music with The Queen.

Harry and Meghan spent six weeks in British Columbia over the festive period, staying at the exclusive property on Vancouver Island.

The duchess, a former actress, worked in Toronto during her time starring in the popular US drama Suits, and knows the country well, having lived there for seven years.

Meghan did not take part in the summit at Sandringham, relying on Harry to put forward their case for a new independent life.

"In the end, the Sussexes decided that it wasn't necessary for the duchess to join,” a source said.

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After the summit, the Queen issued a statement which sanctioned the couple's new "independent life" away from full-time royal duties and said they would begin a transition period living in the UK and Canada.

The duchess is reportedly the driving force behind the move.

Sources have alleged the Duchess of Sussex was left “miserable” by her life in the UK.

It is claimed it was her “plan all along” to move back across the Atlantic to “build her own empire with Harry”.

“She doesn’t want to raise Archie there and she doesn’t want to schlep back and forth,” a pal told the Daily Mail.

“She’ll make extended visits but that’s it.

“They are looking for a permanent residence in Canada. She said she wants a country house in Whistler outside of Vancouver and a home in Toronto.”

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“What Meghan wants, Meghan gets. This was her plan all along, to eventually leave the UK and build her own empire with Harry,” the insider said.

“Meghan wants to make millions and this was never going to happen if she didn’t make a drastic change with Harry.

“She wants to be up there with Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet.”

Meghan reportedly plans for the Sussexes to have a “billion dollar empire” –with the pal saying “this what she wanted all along”.

The Duchess has reportedly confided in friends that the announcement “was not a surprise to the Royal Family”.

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Meghan had previously hinted at her unhappiness with her position during an ITV documentary last October.

“Not many people have asked if I'm okay… It's a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes,” she said.

“Look, any woman especially when they are pregnant you're really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn – you know.”

When asked if things had been a struggle for her, an upset Meghan replies: “Yes”.

Her mum Doria has reportedly been encouraging Meghan to take this “path less travelled” and be “true to herself”.

Meghan and Harry announced their plans last Wednesday to leave the so-called Firm to form a “progressive new role”.

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It was an announced that sent shockwaves through the Royals, with reports Charles and William only knew 10 minutes before the announcement was posted online.

The Queen was reportedly deeply hurt by the move, which came after months of rumours about a growing rift between the Royals and Harry and Meghan.

After much speculation about their future, Harry, Charles William and The Queen finally met face-to-face to thrash out a plan.

Harry is expected to follow Meghan back to Canada this week, and it is unclear when he will return to Britain.

The Queen said her family "respect and understand" their wishes for more independence while still remaining a "valued part" of the monarchy.

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In a highly unusual move Harry and Meghan were not referred to as the duke and duchess in the statement, only as the Sussexes and by their first names.

It has raised questions about whether they will retain their titles in the future.

Talks between the four Royals – the first time they met face-to-face since Harry went public with his plans – were described as “very constructive”.

It is unusual for the Queen to issue a statement in her own name – when not paying condolences following a natural disaster or the death of a world leader.

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The move is seen as symbolic of the sovereign taking charge of the crisis that threatens to cause lasting damage to the monarchy.

The head of state also expressed the "support" of herself and the rest of the family for the couple's aspiration to create a new life together with their eight-month-old son Archie.

But she stressed the discussions were "complex matters" for her family to resolve but she wanted "final decisions" in the "coming days".

The Queen said: "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family. My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family.

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"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.

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"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.

"These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."

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