Day: January 21, 2020

Minnesota man exposed as commander of Nazi-led unit dies

MINNEAPOLIS — A retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander of a Nazi-led unit accused of war atrocities has died.

Michael Karkoc, whose family maintained that he was never a Nazi or committed any war crimes, lived quietly in Minneapolis for decades until AP’s review of U.S. and Ukrainian records in 2013 uncovered his past and prompted investigations in Germany and Poland. Karkoc died Dec. 14, according to cemetery and public records. He was 100.

His son, Andriy Karkoc, hung up on an AP reporter without confirming his father’s death. Officials at the Kozlak-Radulovich Funeral Chapel, which was listed on one website as having handled the funeral arrangements, declined to comment.

But records at Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis show he was quietly buried there Dec. 19, next to his wife, Nadia Karkoc, who died in 2018. And Minnesota Department of Health records show that a Michael Karkoc with the correct birthday died Dec. 14. The family and funeral home did not publish a public obituary.

Karkoc’s involvement in the war surfaced when a retiree who researched Nazi war crimes approached the AP after coming across Karkoc’s name. The AP investigation relied upon a broad range of interviews and documents, including Nazi military payroll information and company rosters, U.S. Army intelligence files, Ukrainian intelligence findings and Karkoc’s self-published memoir.

The records established that Karkoc was a commander in the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defence Legion, which attacked a Polish village where dozens of women and children were killed in 1944, then lied to American authorities to get into the U.S. after World War II.

His family denied he was ever at the scene of the attack, though a second AP report uncovered testimony from a former soldier in Karkoc’s unit who said Karkoc ordered his men to attack the village, Chlaniow, in retaliation for the slaying of an SS major.

Andriy Karkoc has said his father was never a Nazi and denied he was involved in any war crimes. He has also questioned the validity of AP’s sources and accused the AP of “defamatory and slanderous” allegations.

The AP stories prompted Germany and Poland to investigate. German prosecutors announced in July 2015 that they had shelved their case because the then-96-year-old Karkoc wasn’t fit for trial. But Polish prosecutors announced in March 2017 that they would seek his arrest and extradition, saying his age was no obstacle in seeking to bring him to justice.

An investigative file from the Ukrainian intelligence agency’s archive revealed testimony from Pvt. Ivan Sharko, a Ukrainian soldier under Karkoc’s command. Sharko testified in 1968 that the initial order to attack Chlaniow was given by another officer, but that Karkoc — who fought under the nom de guerre “Wolf” — told his unit to attack the village.

“The commander of our company, Wolf, also gave the command to cordon off the village and check all the houses, and to find and punish the partisans,” Sharko told authorities in Ukraine in 1967 and 1968, for an investigation they were conducting against the Self Defence Legion.

Sharko, who died in the 1980s, also said the legionaries surrounded homes, set them on fire and shot anyone found inside homes or in the streets, according to the Russian-language investigative file.

“How many people were killed in all, I don’t know. I personally saw three corpses of peaceful inhabitants who had been killed,” Sharko was quoted as saying.

Stephen Paskey, who led Nazi investigations for nine years as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations, said Sharko’s testimony is highly credible. He noted that Sharko didn’t appear to be in custody or under investigation when questioned, and many of his statements were confirmed by historical documents.

Thomas Will, the deputy head of Germany’s special prosecutors’ office that investigates Nazi crimes, concluded in 2013 that there was sufficient evidence that Karkoc was present. In 2017, Polish prosecutor Robert Janicki of the National Remembrance Institute, which investigates Nazi and Communist-era crimes against Poles, said years of investigation confirmed “100%” that he was a commander of the unit.

Karkoc, an ethnic Ukrainian, was born in the city of Lutsk in 1919, according to details he provided to American officials. At the time, the area was being fought over by Ukraine, Poland and others; it ended up part of Poland until World War II. Several wartime Nazi documents note the same birth date, but say he was born in Horodok, a town in the same region.

Karkoc didn’t tell U.S. authorities about his military service when he entered the country in 1949. But in a Ukrainian-language memoir published in 1995, Karkoc said he helped found the Ukrainian Self Defence Legion in 1943, in collaboration with the Nazis’ feared SS intelligence agency, to fight on the side of Germany.

He also wrote that he served as a company commander in the unit, which received orders directly from the SS, through the end of the war. The memoir is available at the U.S. Library of Congress and the British Library, and the AP located it online in an electronic Ukrainian library. Karkoc became a U.S. citizen in 1959. He lived for decades in a heavily Eastern European neighbourhood of Minneapolis and was a longtime member of the St. Michael’s and St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He worked as a carpenter, and was a member and a secretary in the local branch of the fraternal Ukrainian National Association.

Antin Semeniuk, a friend of Karkoc in Minneapolis, said after the AP’s initial report that Karkoc told him he hadn’t been a Nazi. Rather, Semeniuk said, Karkoc described himself as a Ukrainian patriot who wanted his country to be democratic and free of Nazi and Communist rule.

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Associated Press writer David Rising contributed to this story from Berlin; AP writer Randy Herschaft contributed from New York.

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Toronto Police Officer Who Killed Teen On Streetcar Gets Full Parole

James Forcillo is seen here in May 2016 after leaving a courthouse in Toronto. The Parole Board of Canada says the 37-year-old has a low-risk of reoffending.

TORONTO — A police officer who fatally shot a distraught teenager on an empty Toronto streetcar more than six years ago has been granted full parole, with officials noting his progress reintegrating into society.

In a written decision released Tuesday, the Parole Board of Canada said James Forcillo is a low risk for reoffending and has shown a high level of motivation and accountability while on day parole.

The two-member board panel said Forcillo, 37, no longer requires ongoing psychological counselling, which had been a condition of his day parole. But it renewed a restriction barring him from contacting any of the victim’s relatives, in order to “prevent any further trauma” to the grieving family of Sammy Yatim.

“Your actions took the life of a much-loved son, brother, and member of the community. His loss continues to devastate the family. You acknowledge the trauma that you have caused the victim’s family and that you continue to reflect upon the harm that your actions caused,” the panel wrote.

“With the benefit of counselling, you now understand that your own fear, impulsivity, and stress contributed to your poor decision-making, poor problem-solving, and resulted in fatal consequences. As a result, you are now more cautious of the impact of your decisions and are better able to consider the consequences of your actions.”

Forcillo was convicted in 2016 of attempted murder in the shooting of Yatim, who was 18. He was later convicted of perjury for claiming to be living with his ex-wife while on bail awaiting his appeal, when he had in fact moved in with his new fiancée. He was sentenced to a total of six-and-a-half years behind bars for both offences.

The parole board panel said there was no indication Forcillo breached the conditions of his day parole since his release last summer, which it said was “reflective of an offender with high levels of motivation, accountability, and reintegration potential.”

The former officer’s attitude improved during his incarceration and he now shows “no immediate need” in that area, the panel wrote.

It also said Forcillo has taken steps to balance his work life and his responsibilities at home, something it said he struggled with in the time leading up to the shooting.

“As you are now aware that a balanced lifestyle is … necessary in ensuring your safe reintegration, you are focused on maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. In particular, you spend your free time studying or attending the gym on campus,” it wrote, adding Forcillo has also maintained relationships with his children.

Convicted in 2016

Forcillo is now enrolled in a full-time college program with the goal of becoming an electrician, the document said. “Your success and high marks demonstrate your motivation and commitment to your chosen field,” it said.

Forcillo was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene in the summer of 2013, after someone reported that a teen was exposing himself on the streetcar while brandishing a small knife. By then, Yatim was the only person left on the streetcar.

Forcillo was the only officer to open fire, firing three shots that caused Yatim to fall to the floor of the streetcar, followed by a second volley of six more shots. Another officer then used a Taser device on the teen.

A jury acquitted Forcillo in 2016 of second-degree murder in Yatim’s death, but convicted him of attempted murder in connection with the second volley, which came as Yatim was down and dying.

His lawyers appealed the conviction, arguing the first and second volleys the officer fired were artificially divided into discrete events. They also sought to challenge his initial six-year sentence, which was a year longer than the mandatory minimum.

Ontario’s highest court rejected the appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear the case.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Jan. 21, 2020.

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Are Harry And Meghan Dropping Their Royal Titles, Or What?

The dust is starting to settle from Harry and Meghan’s big announcement that they’re stepping down from the Royal Family and moving to Canada. But there’s still a lot we don’t know.

Last week, for instance, after negotiations ended with Buckingham Palace, it was decided that the couple would be “dropping” their HRH (His or Her Royal Highness) titles. On closer inspection, though, they aren’t actually being stripped of their titles — they’re just agreeing not to use them.

If this is confusing to you, you’re not alone: even royal aides were reportedly confused. HuffPost Canada reached out to Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal historian and author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, for more information.

What do HRH titles mean?

Basically, it gives you elite status that isn’t granted to everyone in the Royal Family. The concept was introduced by King George V in 1917 to limit the number of royals who had high status within the Royal Family.

“In Queen Victoria’s reign, the title was much more extensive,” Harris told HuffPost Canada. Basically, even distant relatives of the monarch received special privileges. But during the First World War, George V was particularly concerned about his German relatives holding a formal status within the British Royal Family.

King George V and the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, on a First World War visit to France in 1917. This was the time when George V started restricting the use of royal titles.

As history buffs might know, this was also the era when George V changed the name of the British branch of Germanic-sounding House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the House of Windsor.

“George was making wholesale changes, not just to royal titles, but to the name of the royal house, and was looking carefully at who would be associated with the British Royal Family going forward,” Harris said. “So the title of HRH is a clear sign of bring a prominent member of the Royal Family.”

Members of the Royal Family without the HRH distinction have to bow or curtsy to the ones that do. 

Who gets to be referred to as HRH?

Nowadays, the title is automatically granted to the children and male line grandchildren of the monarch, although it used to be withheld from granddaughters.

But not everyone who’s entitled to the status uses it. The children of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, have the right to the HRH title, but Edward and his wife Sophie decided they didn’t want their children to have royal titles. Rather than being raised as prince and princess, their children are styled like the children of an Earl — they’re known as Lady Louise and James the Viscount Severn.

The Queen's youngest son Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex with their children at Bristol Zoo. Their kids were entitled to prince and princess titles, but instead are known as Lady Louise and James the Viscount Severn.

Katharine, the wife of the Queen’s cousin Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, was granted the title when she got married. But she wanted an independent life, choosing to work as a music teacher, so she stepped back from royal duties and stopped using the title.

Has anyone been formally stripped of the HRH title before?

Yes. Non-royals who marry into the family and then get divorced are formally stripped of their HRH privileges. That’s what happened to Diana, Princess of Wales after her divorce from Prince Charles. (At the time, The New York Times wrote that the Queen was reportedly willing to let Diana keep her title, but Charles insisted that she lose it.)

Sarah Ferguson also gave up her HRH status, and became simply the Duchess of York, after her divorce from Prince Andrew.

Princess Diana at St. Vincent's Hospital during a visit to Sydney, Australia in November 1996, several months after her divorce from Prince Charles. She was still the Princess of Wales, but no longer had HRH status.

What’s changing in Harry and Meghan’s titles?

They will no longer use their HRH titles. Harry was born HRH, since he’s one of the Queen’s grandchildren through her male heirs. Meghan became HRH when she married Harry in 2018.

Until a few weeks ago, they were referred to as were His Royal Highness Harry, Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. From now on, they’ll be Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. 

And if you were wondering, Harry is still a prince.

Why are Harry and Meghan keeping the titles but not using them?

The palace hasn’t explicitly stated the reason for this change, but Harris thinks it likely has to do with setting a precedent.

“I think if there was a process in which they were stripped of their titles, that would invite scrutiny of the rest of the Royal Family,” she said. “There are His or Her Royal Highnesses among the extended Royal Family who do not undertake duties on behalf of the Queen.”

Prince Andrew, for instance, stepped back from royal duties in the fall, after controversy arose from his connection to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But he still has HRH titles. So do his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who are not working royals.

If Harry and Meghan were to give up those titles, it would likely raise questions about why these other members are allowed to keep them, Harris said.

What’s going to happen to other people’s HRH titles?

There’s been a lot of speculation that when Prince Charles ascends to the throne after his mother’s death, he may take away some of his family members’ HRH titles.

“The Queen has always had a rather inclusive view of the Royal Family,” Harris said. “If you look at the balcony during Trooping the Colour, you see the Queen’s whole extended family: her cousins and their children and grandchildren, and all her children and grandchildren.”

Queen Elizabeth and many members of her extended family watch the Trooping the Colour celebrations on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 8, 2019. The Queen has long had an inclusive view of who gets included in the Royal Family.

“Prince Charles’ approach will likely focus on a much smaller number of working members of the Royal Family.”

This would be in line what many modern European monarchies are doing, Harris said. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden recently stripped five of his seven grandchildren of their royal titles, leaving only his two direct heirs.

“There’s a broader European trend towards reducing the number of people who have these titles, and thereby reducing some of the public scrutiny received by junior members of the Royal Family.”

Harris thinks it’s likely that Prince Charles will pursue that route.

“This will likely be the last generation where we see royal cousins representing the monarch,” she said. “Going forward it’s going to be a much smaller number of senior members of the Royal Family.”

So, what does this mean for Sussex Royal?

Patents were filed to trademark “Sussex Royal” in June, and ownership transferred to Harry and Meghan in December. But if they’ve agreed to no longer use their royal titles, can they still refer to themselves that way?

Maybe, Harris said — but they might face some pushback.

“Certainly there are cases of members of the Royal Family getting trademarks in the context or raising money for their charities,” she said. But “the challenge that will come for Harry and Meghan … is if they’re seen as monetizing the role for their own financial gain instead of for their charities.”

Plenty of companies produce unlicensed merchandise featuring Meghan and Harry's images. But the couple would likely face criticism if they sold their own merchandise themselves.

Other members of the Royal Family — even junior members — have been criticized for seemingly using their royal connections for profit, she said.

When Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips married Montrealer Autumn Kelly, they sold the photos to Hello magazine. Peter doesn’t have the HRH title since he’s not a descendent from the male line, and is a private citizen, with a job in sports management. But still, it “attracted some controversy over whether it was appropriate for the queen’s grandson to do that,” Harris said.

Princess Beatrice, too, faced criticism when she marketed herself as a for-profit speaker at corporate events in 2016.

It’s likely that Meghan and Harry would face similar ire, Harris said, especially given how much media scrutiny is on them right now.

“For their public image, the focus would need to be on their charities going forward.”

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Former Toronto cop who shot Sammy Yatim to death on streetcar in 2013 granted full parole

A police officer who fatally shot a distraught teenager on an empty Toronto streetcar more than six years ago has been granted full parole, with officials noting his progress reintegrating into society.

In a written decision released Tuesday, the Parole Board of Canada said James Forcillo is a low risk for reoffending and has shown a high level of motivation and accountability while on day parole.

The two-member board panel said Forcillo, 37, no longer requires ongoing psychological counselling, which had been a condition of his day parole. But it renewed a restriction barring him from contacting any of the victim’s relatives, in order to “prevent any further trauma” to the grieving family of Sammy Yatim.

sammy yatim

“Your actions took the life of a much-loved son, brother, and member of the community. His loss continues to devastate the family. You acknowledge the trauma that you have caused the victim’s family and that you continue to reflect upon the harm that your actions caused,” the panel wrote.

“With the benefit of counselling, you now understand that your own fear, impulsivity, and stress contributed to your poor decision-making, poor problem-solving, and resulted in fatal consequences. As a result, you are now more cautious of the impact of your decisions and are better able to consider the consequences of your actions.”

Forcillo was convicted in 2016 of attempted murder in the shooting of Yatim, who was 18. He was later convicted of perjury for claiming to be living with his ex-wife while on bail awaiting his appeal, when he had in fact moved in with his new fiancee. He was sentenced to a total of 6 1/2 years behind bars for both offences.

James Forcillo

The parole board panel said there was no indication Forcillo breached the conditions of his day parole since his release last summer, which it said was “reflective of an offender with high levels of motivation, accountability, and reintegration potential.”

The former officer’s attitude improved during his incarceration and he now shows “no immediate need” in that area, the panel wrote.

It also said Forcillo has taken steps to balance his work life and his responsibilities at home, something it said he struggled with in the time leading up to the shooting.

“As you are now aware that a balanced lifestyle is … necessary in ensuring your safe reintegration, you are focused on maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. In particular, you spend your free time studying or attending the gym on campus,” it wrote, adding Forcillo has also maintained relationships with his children.

Forcillo is now enrolled in a full-time college program with the goal of becoming an electrician, the document said. “Your success and high marks demonstrate your motivation and commitment to your chosen field,” it said.

Forcillo was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene in the summer of 2013, after someone reported that a teen was exposing himself on the streetcar while brandishing a small knife. By then, Yatim was the only person left on the streetcar.

Sammy Yatim

Forcillo was the only officer to open fire, firing three shots that caused Yatim to fall to the floor of the streetcar, followed by a second volley of six more shots. Another officer then Tasered the teen.

A jury acquitted Forcillo in 2016 of second-degree murder in Yatim’s death, but convicted him of attempted murder in connection with the second volley, which came as Yatim was down and dying.

His lawyers appealed the conviction, arguing the first and second volleys the officer fired were artificially divided into discrete events. They also sought to challenge his initial six-year sentence, which was a year longer than the mandatory minimum.

Ontario’s highest court rejected the appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear the case.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2020.

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Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Have A Long, Special History With Canada

Last week, the Queen confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will live part-time in Canada, as the Royal Family fleshes out the details of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s post-royal life.

Markle and her son, Archie, have been living in Victoria since they went on their Christmas break last year, and Harry, who was in the U.K. for over a week to attend previously arranged engagements and discuss his and his wife’s new roles with the Queen, just landed in Canada last night to reunite with his family.

Although Harry told the audience at a fundraiser for his charity Sentebale on Sunday that, “The U.K. is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” we don’t know yet just how much time the duke and duchess will actually spend in England, especially as reports note that staff at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, have been reassigned elsewhere.

Before they got engaged, Harry and Meghan spent a lot of time together in Toronto, where Meghan lived for seven years. They made their public debut as a couple at the Invictus Games in Toronto (seen here), where they watched a wheelchair tennis game at the city's Nathan Phillips Square on Sept. 25, 2017.

Since the couple’s announcement that they would be stepping down as working members of the Royal Family and splitting their time between the U.K. and North America, there have been a lot of questions about how they would live and work in Canada. In short, it’s complicated

But, we do know that both Harry and Meghan share a love for the Great White North, and in truth, Canada has always been a special place for the couple. 

See the reasons why below:

In October, 1991, Prince Harry, seven, visited parts of Canada with his brother, Prince William, his father, Prince Charles, and his mum, Princess Diana. In this photo, Diana and her boys are on a boat at Niagara Falls.

Harry Toured Parts Of Canada As A Child

In October, 1991, Prince Harry, seven, visited parts of Canada with his brother, Prince William, his father, Prince Charles, and his mum, Princess Diana. In this photo, Diana and her boys are on a boat at Niagara Falls.

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During their tour of Canada, Harry and William were given hats by the crew of the Canadian frigate HMCS Ottawa after they toured the ship on the Toronto waterfront. Oh, and they also wore adorable jean-on-jean outfits.

Prince Harry (And Prince William) Mastered The Canadian Tuxedo

During their tour of Canada, Harry and William were given hats by the crew of the Canadian frigate HMCS Ottawa after they toured the ship on the Toronto waterfront. Oh, and they also wore adorable jean-on-jean outfits.

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During a family holiday at the Whistler Mountain Resort in B.C., Harry, William, and Charles hit the slopes in March, 1998.

Harry Hit The Slopes In Whistler

During a family holiday at the Whistler Mountain Resort in B.C., Harry, William, and Charles hit the slopes in March, 1998.

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Before she became one of the most famous women in the world, Meghan starred in the TV show "Suits," which filmed in Toronto. She played paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane on "Suits" for seven seasons.

Meghan Markle Worked In Toronto

Before she became one of the most famous women in the world, Meghan starred in the TV show “Suits,” which filmed in Toronto. She played paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane on “Suits” for seven seasons.

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Meghan rented this Toronto home while she was filming "Suits." It was here where Harry would visit his then-girlfriend before they moved in together. After she moved to London, the house sold for $1.6 million.

She Also Lived In Toronto

Meghan rented this Toronto home while she was filming “Suits.” It was here where Harry would visit his then-girlfriend before they moved in together. After she moved to London, the house sold for $1.6 million.

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While living in Toronto, Markle adopted her dog, a beagle named Guy, from a rescue in Milton, Ont. Guy also had a "brother," Bogart, who Markle had to leave behind when she moved to London because he was too old to travel. However, Guy was by Markle's side when she moved in with Harry in Nottingham Cottage. Meghan was photographed this week walking her two dogs, and although we can't be sure, one of them looks like Guy.

Meghan Adopted A Beagle From A Local Rescue

While living in Toronto, Markle adopted her dog, a beagle named Guy, from a rescue in Milton, Ont. Guy also had a “brother,” Bogart, who Markle had to leave behind when she moved to London because he was too old to travel. However, Guy was by Markle’s side when she moved in with Harry in Nottingham Cottage. Meghan was photographed this week walking her two dogs, and although we can’t be sure, one of them looks like Guy.

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Back in her "Suits" days, Meghan partied with her co-stars Gabriel Macht, Gina Torres, Patrick J. Adams, and Sarah Rafferty at the InStyle and Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Toronto International Film Festival Party on Sept.11, 2012.

Meghan Partied At The Toronto Film Festival

Back in her “Suits” days, Meghan partied with her co-stars Gabriel Macht, Gina Torres, Patrick J. Adams, and Sarah Rafferty at the InStyle and Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Toronto International Film Festival Party on Sept.11, 2012.

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While living in Toronto, Meghan became best friends with Jessica Mulroney, a celebrity stylist and wedding planner, who is married to Ben Mulroney, the son of former Canadian prime minister, Brian Mulroney. Here, the friends posed for a photo at a World Vision event in Toronto on March 22, 2016.

Meghan’s Close Friends Live In Canada

While living in Toronto, Meghan became best friends with Jessica Mulroney, a celebrity stylist and wedding planner, who is married to Ben Mulroney, the son of former Canadian prime minister, Brian Mulroney. Here, the friends posed for a photo at a World Vision event in Toronto on March 22, 2016.

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In our first glimpse of Meghan as Harry's girlfriend, we watched as she cheered on her boyfriend as he made a speech at the Invictus Games' opening ceremony in Toronto on Sept. 23, 2017.

Meghan Cheered On Harry

In our first glimpse of Meghan as Harry’s girlfriend, we watched as she cheered on her boyfriend as he made a speech at the Invictus Games’ opening ceremony in Toronto on Sept. 23, 2017.

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It was at the Invictus Games in Toronto where Meghan and Harry made their public debut as a couple. The twosome watched a game of wheelchair tennis at Nathan Phillips Square on Sept. 25, 2017.

They Made It Official

It was at the Invictus Games in Toronto where Meghan and Harry made their public debut as a couple. The twosome watched a game of wheelchair tennis at Nathan Phillips Square on Sept. 25, 2017.

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We knew Meghan and Harry were serious when Meghan's mom showed up  at the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto and was spotted hanging out with the couple at the then-Air Canada Centre (now Scotiabank Arena) on Sept. 30, 2017.

Meghan’s Mom Hung Out With Harry

We knew Meghan and Harry were serious when Meghan’s mom showed up
 at the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto and was spotted hanging out with the couple at the then-Air Canada Centre (now Scotiabank Arena) on Sept. 30, 2017.

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Welcome to Canada, Archie! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex brought their eight-month-old son to B.C. with them for their Christmas holiday, and the cutie is currently living with his mum on Vancouver Island. According to proud dad, Harry, Arch experienced his first snowfall in the Great White North.

Archie’s First Snowfall

Welcome to Canada, Archie! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex brought their eight-month-old son to B.C. with them for their Christmas holiday, and the cutie is currently living with his mum on Vancouver Island. According to proud dad, Harry, Arch experienced his first snowfall in the Great White North.

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After Harry and Meghan announced their plans to step down as senior royals, the duchess got right back to work. First stop, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver to "discuss issues affecting women in the community."

Meghan Visited Vancouver Women’s Centre

After Harry and Meghan announced their plans to step down as senior royals, the duchess got right back to work. First stop, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver to “discuss issues affecting women in the community.”Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

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