Encounters with British royalty normally take place at a highfalutin charity bash, or if you're among the very lucky, Buckingham Palace.

Rarely does it occur in a park on Vancouver Island in Canada, which was the case with a young couple on New Year's Day.

Decent Photo

The twosome, Iliya Pavlovic and Asymina Kantorowicz, met Prince Harry and Meghan Markle while trying to document themselves via selfie in the natural surroundings of Horth Hill Regional Park. Apparently, Pavlovic and Kantorowicz weren't able to capture a decent photo of themselves. That was when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, currently vacationing in Canada, came to their rescue.


The royal couple were part of a group also taking in the park's sights until one of the two dogs accompanying them was curious about the two Canadians. That's when a woman in the group then followed to retrieve the dog heading towards the two.

Three Pictures

"She starts asking if we want her to take a photo for us," Kantorowicz said to CTV News, ironically the same company that employs him as a producer. "We said sure. I didn't see who she was at that time."

She and Pavlovic accepted the offer, then Markle, who was wearing a toque at the time, snapped three photos of them. Even after she handed the cellphone back to them, wishing the two a Happy New Year, they were still oblivious about her identity until Kantorowicz recognized a face in the crowd that was already heading elsewhere.

Suits stars

It was Abigail Spencer, a star in the TV drama Suits. Then, when her appearance triggered a memory that Markle also was in the show for a time, the couple connected all the pieces. Then they figured out that a male who quipped that Markle had "better deliver" was Prince Harry.

"I froze up. I actually couldn’t believe who it was. Then I looked over to the side and that’s when I realized Prince Harry was standing there," added Kantorowicz. "I kept looking back and forth like, 'Is this actually happening?'"