Gayle King said that Oprah Winfrey did not help Prince Harry and Meghan Markle find their temporary home in Tyler Perry’s house, despite many reports to the contrary. Here’s why people think Oprah assisted Harry and Meghan with moving into Perry’s home, and how King refuted the claims.
It was widely believed that Oprah Winfrey was responsible for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle living in Tyler Perry’s house
In January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle famously announced that they were stepping back from their royal duties. They are splitting their time between the U.S. and the U.K. while seeking financial independence from the royal family.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry shared that the “U.K. is home,” but he felt he had to leave due to a “lack of support and lack of understanding” from his family (per Marie Claire). For years, there have been rumors of a rift between Harry and other members of the royal family, particularly his brother, Prince William, over their treatment of Meghan.
When they first moved to the U.S. after making the announcement, Harry and Meghan lived in a fortified compound owned by Tyler Perry. It was widely reported that Oprah had introduced the couple to the prolific filmmaker.
After a few months of staying at Perry’s $18 million mansion, Meghan, Harry, and their two children moved on by purchasing a $14.65 million estate in Montecito, California.
Gayle King revealed that Oprah Winfrey did not help Prince Harry and Meghan Markle move into Tyler Perry’s house
Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King have been best friends for decades. If anyone knew whether or not Oprah introduced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Tyler Perry, it would be her.
But King said her friend was not responsible for linking the royal couple to the filmmaker. “Oprah didn’t hook that up. Harry and Meghan know people,” she told ET. “Tyler knows people. Oprah knows people but she did not make that connection for Harry and Meghan to live in Tyler’s house.”
The former ‘Suits’ star had never met the filmmaker before moving into his home
Meghan Markle has never met Tyler Perry before moving into his mansion. But the filmmaker had reached out to her when she married Prince Harry to extend his support. Meghan took him up on his offer when she and Harry decided to step back from their royal duties.
Perry also provided a security detail for the couple during their stay. The couple had previously told Oprah Winfrey during an interview that a lack of security for their children was a major concern.
When Harry and Meghan moved on to their Montecito home, Perry gave them a grand piano as a housewarming gift, telling them, “Write the soundtrack for your life.”
The royal couple was “really grateful to Tyler Perry for his kindness,” an insider told People. “They have endless gratitude to him for helping them during a complicated time.”
The source added, “With COVID and as they were stepping back from their royal duties, he provided them a safe haven.”