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Meghan Markle enjoys ski trip with children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet and 'wonderful friends'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled to Powder Mountain with the actress' close friends Heather and Kelly 

Meghan Markle enjoyed a ski trip with her close friends and family
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Meghan Markle was all smiles on Friday when she was captured enjoying a skiing trip with her close friends and children, Archie and Lilibet.

The Duchess, 42,  headed to Powder Mountain Ski Resort with her pals Heather Dorak and Kelly McKee Zajfen where they were pictured mid-ski in front of the picture-perfect mountain skyline. Meghan donned an ultra-cosy yet glamorous black puffer jacket coined "The Super Puffer" in long, chic brand Aritzia and matching wolly hat in the beautiful snap. She's also wearing her chic £58 / $59 Blenders sunglasses

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Alongside the image, and others from the idyllic winter getaway, Heather penned: "Wow, what a perfect trip!! My heart is so full. The kids crushed the slopes by day and the adults howled with laughter deep into the night. Truly lucky in love with our wonderful friends!"

In July 2022, Heather and the Duke and Duchess holidayed together in the Jackson Hole Valley in Wyoming, to celebrate the 4 July. The Sussexes and Heather's family often reunite to do family trips so it is thought that both families teamed up for another memorable trip together.

A photo of Meghan Markle and her friend Heather
Heather and Meghan have been friends for over 20 years

Heather and Meghan have been friends for nearly 20 years, with the Pilates Studio owner not only being there for Meghan and Harry's nuptials in 2018, but also being her biggest cheerleader following her departure from the royal family.

In 2021, following Harry and Meghan's decision to leave the UK and move across the Atlantic to the US, Heather shared an emotional post dedicated to the former actress, who she revealed was her "rock". 

"It's hard for me to watch her go through all that she has to as the Meghan the press can love to hate…. Mostly because it’s so far from the Meghan that I know. Sweet. Kind. Always showing up! Two weeks ago, she was the first to surprise me with a gift after my knee surgery. 

A photo of Meghan Markle's friend Heather
Heather pictured at Windsor Castle in 2017 for Harry and Meghan's wedding

"17 years ago, she walked into my fledgling Pilates studio and instantly became my rock in all things early 20's - career, love, figuring out how to adult. Since that day, she has never stopped being one of my brightest sources of light. It may be hard to see, but she lives for the little, thoughtful things – flowers for no reason, a random sweet, handwritten note. She’s always been truly wonderful ... M, I love you."

It seems that their friendship has always involved each other's families which is not only clear from the idyllic holidays they have shared in recent years but also in unearthed photos previously shared by Meghan back when she had Instagram. 

One post in particular, reshared by Heather back in 2016, showed a candid photo of Meghan, Heather, and their close friends with their children one Sunday afternoon. The caption on the photo revealed the group had a wholesome afternoon decorating the Christmas tree together. 

 The sweet snaps came just one day after it was announced that Prince Harry had lost his High Court case after taking legal action against the Home Office's decision about his level of security when in the UK. He also made two remote appearances on Thursday, the first was a message to the public to nominate the "remarkable individuals who inspire you" for the 2024 Wellchild Awards.

The second saw him hours later at the Sport Gives Back Awards to send a message of congratulations to Josh Boggi, an Invictus Games champion and former soldier.

Harry's love of skiing

The Duke is no stranger to skiing, as he has been practicing the sport since he was little. being first pictured on the slopes aged seven. Therefore, it would come as no surprise that he would want his little ones to follow in his footsteps and learn to ski.

Princess Diana with Princes William & Harry skiing In Lech, Austria  © Getty
Princess Diana with Princes William & Harry skiing In Lech, Austria in 1991

During his first ski holiday in 1991 where he was pictured smiling whilst on a ski lift with his late mother, Princess Diana, and his brother Prince William in Lech, Austria.

The photos from that trip were adorable with William and Harry both donning vibrant ski suits with matching purple and green colour schemes, meanwhile, Diana rocked a bright red all-in-one ski suit.

Prince Harry skiing with Charles and William in Klosters© Getty
Prince Harry skiing with Charles and William in Klosters

Skiing is also something that Harry used to do with his father King Charles and there are countless sweet photos of the pair alongside Prince William throughout their teenage years laughing and joking around on the slopes together. 

The last holiday the Sussexes took was a pre-Christmas trip to Costa Rica where the family-of-four was spotted sharing quality time together in the sunshine, see all the details here.

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