The Duchess was pictured, smiling, alongside staff at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre on Tuesday.
“Look who we had tea with today!” the center wrote on its Facebook page. “The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community.”
Tuesday’s visit to the women’s center is the first confirmation that Meghan is in Vancouver, as had been widely speculated.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the Queen said the family would have preferred the couple to “remain full-time working members of the royal family,” but that they “respect and understand” Harry and Meghan’s “wish to live a more independent life.”
The Queen has agreed to a “period of transition” while details of their new role are hammered out, the family announced. It is unclear when Meghan plans to return to the UK.
Meghan has visited several women’s centers during her time as a royal and is the patron of Smart Works, a charity that helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women find work.