When the royal couple officially give up their royal duties in the spring, they plan to split their time between the UK and Canada, Buckingham Palace confirmed this month, though rumors suggest they could move to the North American country permanently.
The former actress spent seven years in Toronto filming "Suits," and Canada appears to have remained special for her and Harry ever since. Toronto was the location of one of their first public appearances as a couple.
Instead of spending Christmas with the royal family, last year the Sussexes opted to take baby Archie to Canada for the holidays. Then, shortly after announcing their plans to "step back" from the royal family this month, Markle and Archie returned to Canada, where they have remained.
Nearly seven years ago, I moved from just outside Toronto to London to pursue a career in journalism. While I still absolutely love my life in the capital, there are certain things I miss about my home country — and it's easy to see the appeal for Harry and Markle as they look toward the future.
Canadians are among the friendliest people you'll meet
When announcing that they were spending Christmas in Canada, a statement on behalf of the couple read: "They are enjoying sharing the warmth of the Canadian people and the beauty of the landscape with their young son."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded by tweeting a welcome message to the family, writing: "Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie, we're all wishing you a quiet and blessed stay in Canada. You're among friends, and always welcome here."
This friendly openness is one of the main things I miss about Canada while living in the UK.
While this is not representative of the entire country — head north to the likes of Liverpool and strangers will openly say hello — people are definitely less warm and chatty in the capital than they are at home, and strangers will even look at you like you're crazy if you attempt to start a conversation.
I'll never forget arriving at Heathrow years ago, weighed down with two heavy suitcases and being surprised that not a single person offered to help.
The landscape is stunning — and incredibly varied
Having spent most of my life in southeastern Canada or Europe, I can't attest to the beauty of the west coast of Canada, where Harry and Markle appear to be spending most of their time. But the landscape across the country is breathtaking.
From forests, lakes, and beaches to mountains and waterfalls, you can find just about everything the outdoors can offer, which would certainly be appealing to a couple who are used to constantly trying to dodge hordes of press.
Here's the view from my balcony overlooking Quebec's incredible Lac Sacacomie, where I stayed for a wedding in August 2017.
And sunset at Wasaga Beach, the longest freshwater beach in the world that was just a 30-minute drive north of my house growing up. This is where I spent sunny summer days as a child.
There's also a seemingly endless number of lakes. Here's Lake Simcoe in my hometown of Barrie, Ontario, a short walk from my parents' house.
You never get bored of taking walks when the view looks like this.
The cities have a lot to offer
And while most people visit Canada to spend time in nature, its metropolitan areas are pretty great, too.
Growing up north of Toronto, I had access to concerts and theatre, sporting venues, restaurants, and great food in a place that happened to also be pretty beautiful, right on Lake Ontario.
Here's the view from the ferry that takes you to and from the Toronto Islands, home to beaches, housing, parks, and even an amusement park.
The CN Tower is pretty impressive.
As is the Rogers Centre, the 50,000-capacity stadium that sits below it and is home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.
The towns can be quaint too
While it's easy to assume the UK would come out on top when it comes to cute towns and villages, Canada can also deliver on that front. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a perfect example.
Situated close to the iconic Niagara Falls, this is a step back in time town packed with gorgeous streets and flowers, adorable B&Bs, and more wineries — yes, Canada makes its own wine — than you can count. I can see Markle, who has been vocal about her love of wine in the past, being a fan.
Cottages are the perfect laid-back break
There are plenty of places to get away from it all too.
If you live in Canada, chances are you know someone who has a cottage, and is willing to host you for a weekend of sunshine, swimming, boat rides, campfires, and drinks on the dock.
There's a huge difference between the big lakeside lodges I'm talking about and the type of "cottage" you'll find in the UK — tiny, cozy houses like the one in "The Holiday."
This is what every weekend in the summer looks like for a lot of Canadians (with the common addition of a few golden retrievers):
Canada gets real seasons and all are sunny
While I won't pretend I miss the often harsh Canadian winters and subfreezing temperatures, I do miss experiencing a consistently hot summer every year.
As well as a bright spring, a brisk fall, and a snowy winter.
Snow can be pretty magical, as Meghan and Harry's son Archie recently found out.
Even when there's tons of snow on the ground, Canada is still beautiful thanks to regular sunshine, which is something the UK doesn't see a lot of.
Canadians don't let the weather get them down, either — even on a bitterly cold day, you'll see countless people out for a walk (usually with their dogs).
Ultimately, Canada means being closer to family and friends
I, like Markle, have spent the past few years in London living with a Brit. I have a job that I love and have made some great friends over the years, but I definitely miss the support system I have back in Canada.
Having grown up in the US and spent so many years living in Toronto, Markle's close circle is largely in North America too.
Markle once named her mother, Doria Ragland, in a list of "10 women who have changed my life" for Glamour, calling her a "best friend."
"We can just have so much fun together, and yet I'll still find so much solace in her support," she said.
I consider both of my parents to be among my closest friends, so even if the country's landscapes, seasons, and friendliness weren't enough, I can see why being closer to family — both blood-related and chosen — would be a huge factor in Markle's decision to move to the True North, strong and free.