When Prince Harry first gave Meghan Markle a tour of the city he grew up in, back in October 2016, the couple were famously low-key, striding casually down Shaftesbury Avenue in matching beanie hats.
And as the Duke of Sussex, 35, touched down on the tarmac in Vancouver last night, on the cusp of starting a new life away from the royal family, he sported the same cozy style of hat that the couple favoured during the first flushes of romance.
Hours before the family was due to reunite, the couple clearly got the same fashion memo on headwear, signalling a return to the casual clothes they both enjoyed prior to their wedding in 2018.
Earlier in the day, Meghan, 38, whose love for beanie hats long pre-dates her marriage, was seen out with eight-month-old Archie and her two dogs in rural Vancouver, hours before Harry, also in a beanie, touched down in the west coast city following a tumultuous week of wrangling out an arrangement on their future lives with senior royals.
Meghan opted for a snug-looking £23 khaki Madewell ‘Kent’ Beanie, while Harry seemed to stick with the same navy blue headwear that he wore while embracing son Archie in a photo posted by the couple to welcome in the New Year.
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The Duchess of Sussex, 38, looked warm in the chilly Canadian weather as she took son Archie and her dogs Oz and Guy for a walk in the woods in Vancouver yesterday as husband Harry flew in to the city from the UK
Meghan – a certified fan of beanie hats long before she met Harry – wore a cozy-looking £23 ‘Kent’ hat in khaki by Madewell. The slouchy headwear marks a return to the casual fashion that the couple favoured in their early days of dating
Casual in Canada: Harry stepped off the long flight to his new home wearing a navy blue beanie and carrying a green duffel bag and wearing blue jeans
The beanies that bind us! Prince looked delighted to be touching down on Canadian soil – and did his headwear send a message of unity to his awaiting wife
You’ll fit right in: Harry looked super casual as he touched down on the tarmac at Vancouver Airport on Monday evening
Indeed, the Duchess has rarely been spotted in public without her beloved knitted headwear, choosing a variety of styles and colours since her return to Canada from the UK.
Last week, Meghan got behind the wheel in a stylish black beanie and shades as she drove herself to Victoria International Airport to meet Heather Dorak ahead of a girly weekend.
Harry, who’s always been partial to a warm hat, arrived rocking a similar look. The Prince flew on to Vancouver Island via WestJet, the same carrier that Meghan is said to have taken, landing at Victoria Airport around 9.45pm local time and arrived looking like he would fit right into exclusive island’s casual chic vibe.
The Duchess has rarely been spotted out of her beloved beanie hats since returning to Canada from the UK. On January 16th, she was seen in snug black headwear and shades at Victoria International Airport as she arrived to collect her close friend, pilates instructor Heather Dorak
Harry stepped off the long flight to his new home wearing a navy blue beanie, a black puffer jacket and jeans and carrying a green duffel bag.
A be-hatted Meghan had been seen wrangling with her black Labrador Oz and beagle Guy earlier, appearing to struggle to keep eight-month-old Archie in her baby carrier with one of the straps slipping off her shoulder.
The Duchess of Sussex was followed by two royal protection officers as she strolled through the Horth Hill Regional Park near the opulent £10million [$14million] Vancouver Island mansion they have used since Thanksgiving last year.
Meghan has stuck to her style; pictured in Toronto in 2016, just months after meeting Harry, the former Suits actress donned a beanie and boots very similar to the ones she wore yesterday in Vancouver
Archie wears an adorable hat knitted by New Zealand social enterprise Make Give Live in this photo, posted as part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s New Year message
While it’s certainly not balmy on Vancouver Island – with a current average of 8 degrees – it’s not quite the big freeze that the country is known for
Archie was dressed in a white onesie and bootees. Harry recently revealed his son, who is in Canada with Meghan, recently saw snow for the first time
Two Royal Protection Officers strolled behind her at a discreet distance for the morning outing – it is not known if they are British or Canadian
The former Suits star smiled to her protection officers, as the row over whether British or Canadian taxpayers will pay the Sussexes’ £3million-a-year personal protection bill rumbles on.
Mother-of-one Meghan has clearly passed on her love of the beanie to her husband – and it looks like the couple’s son too is already a fan of warm head gear.
During the couple’s Christmas break in Canada, where Meghan once filmed the hit television series that made her name, the couple posted an adorable snap of Harry and Archie, with both of them wearing beanies, with Harry’s hat adorned with two woolen pom-poms.
The £24.95 ‘Cocobear’ beanie was gifted to the Sussexes during their royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in October 2018, after an aide approached Make Give Live for a hat to present to the then-pregnant Duchess.
The socially conscious company, based in Auckland, were ‘overwhelmed’ with demand for Archie’s hat, receiving ‘multiple orders a second’ after the couple shared the unseen photo on their official Instagram account.