Meghan Markle ‘Always Dreamed of the Hollywood Lifestyle’ and Can ‘Flaunt’ Prince Harry, Former Friend Claims

Did Meghan, Duchess of Sussex get everything she wanted out of her exit from the royal family with Prince Harry? Critics claim that Harry gave up everything to please her, while a former friend of the duchess believes she’s right where she wants to be — in Los Angeles — since she “always wanted a Hollywood lifestyle.”

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House on January 07, 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Neil Mockford/GC Images

Prince Harry and Meghan moved to LA

When Prince Harry and Meghan announced their plan to leave behind their royal duties, arrangements were made for the couple to give up their HRH titles and public funding and they made their move to Canada.

Not long after, however, they reportedly made another move — to LA, which according to one of Meghan’s former friends, fulfilled Meghan’s dreams. “This is the ideal result for her — she comes back to Hollywood with a prince to flaunt and getting to pick and choose who she wants to work and socialize with rather than the other way around,” the duchess’ ex-friend told The Sun.

The source added, “I think she always wanted to be back here, she always dreamed of the full-blown Hollywood lifestyle and this kind of clout. And I don’t think it was even that hard to persuade him.”

Prince Harry has been ‘starstruck’

Making the move to LA, according to Meghan’s former pal, was an easy pitch to make to Prince Harry, as he has been starstruck in the past. “Harry was wrapped around her finger even when she was just a USA actress. She then was able to extend her circle thanks to their relationship and bring names like Oprah and Serena Williams to their wedding.”

The friend added, “He was smitten and starstruck over the whole thing. I don’t think she had to twist his arm to move to Hollywood.”

That move came during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and many critics of the Sussexes believe that, rather than moving to LA, they should have returned to the UK during the health crisis.

The royal family “were never a consideration for her,” her former friend shared. “Her relationship to that family was dependent on her freedom to have a ‘role’ that she felt was big enough for her. She wanted it her way, and she wanted it quickly — she was never going to change the timeline for them.”

The couple are making a new life

LA, the friend asserts, was always on Meghan’s radar. “Anyone who knows her knew this is where it was headed as soon as she saw she couldn’t have her own way in the UK.”

While the couple initially seemed to be setting up their new home in Canada, being in Hollywood was inevitable, as Meghan can now be near her mother and friends again. “She doesn’t have to ask for permission from the royal family in how she chooses to live her life and she can acquire income in all sorts of fields,” her former friend noted.

“She is very pleased with herself, I’m sure,” the insider shared. “In just a couple of years she has made it back as a big fish to the place where she previously had barely made an impact as a working actress.”

Now that she’s a duchess married to a prince, her former friend believes that Meghan will be able to “flaunt her trophy and her royal fame without any constraints of tradition.”