Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Moving to California?

Right on the heels of rumors that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning a move to Africa comes new buzz that the couple is looking for a second home in California. Since they just renovated Frogmore Cottage and moved in ahead of their first child’s arrival, is there any truth to the rumors that they will have a home in California?

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Why Prince Harry and Markle are reportedly looking for a home in LA

It’s easy enough to make the connection between Markle’s California upbringing and the fact that her mom resides there to drum up a rumor about her seeking a second home in LA. According to a report from The Sun, Markle’s friends say the former actress wants to find a home near Los Angeles to be near her mother.

A source told The Sun: “Meghan definitely wants a place in Los Angeles — she loves the city, the lifestyle and climate. Ultimately, she is a California girl and can breathe easier there. Hollywood is in her DNA and I think it is where she has always wanted to keep a solid footing.”

The insider added: “Spending time there would also allow her some freedom and independence from both the Palace and the Press — and more control over her life and the people around her. She is a duchess in the UK, but could be a queen in LA.”

The couple just moved to Frogmore Cottage

Following home renovation delays, Prince Harry and Markle finally moved into Frogmore Cottage, just in time for the arrival of their baby. It’s unclear when they would explore having a second home in California, especially as new parents, it’s unlikely they’d be skipping across the pond just yet.

Markle’s mom is reportedly by her side at Frogmore Cottage and though initially rumored to live with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Doria Ragland will be returning back home.

The insider further added that Markle is looking to be near her mom, sharing: “Meghan is very close to her mother and will want to be able to share quality time with her in her home town. She also has friends in LA with babies and will want to have that interaction and bring up her child in a less restrictive environment — similar to how she grew up.”

Another source explained that this second home in California is just a rumor, noting, “they’re not looking to buy anywhere just yet as they’ve only just finished the renovations on Frogmore Cottage,” adding, “But they’re definitely eyeing up a place in California.”

Will Prince Harry and Markle move to Africa?

Last month, rumors swirled that Prince Harry and Markle were planning to move to Africa for an extended stay of two or three years, with the Sunday Times reporting they would “combine some work on behalf of the Commonwealth along with charity work and a role promoting Britain.”

There was buzz that the feud between Prince William and Prince Harry played a role in this decision, with an insider sharing: “In some ways it would suit William to get his brother out of the country for a few years and Meghan as far away as possible.”

The Palace responded to the rumors

In response to the rumors about Prince Harry and Markle’s move to Africa, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told Hello! magazine: “Any future plans for the Duke and Duchess are speculative at this stage. No decisions have been taken about future roles. The Duke will continue to fulfill his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.”