Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Moved to Paparazzi ‘Hotbed,’ According Celeb Photographer

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry might be former senior members of the royal family. But, like everyone else, they have been hunkered down, waiting things out as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the country.

They have been spotted out and about at least once, delivering meals to residents of a California neighborhood, but they haven’t been speaking out regarding their plans for the future or about any projects that they have put on hold. Still, it is only a matter of time before the former royals start stepping out on a regular basis. And, when they do, according to a new PageSix report, they will likely be targeted by photographers even more so than they were in England. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s high-profile royal marriage

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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When Meghan and Prince Harry married in May 2018, it seemed as though everyone was full of hope for the future. Their union marked a bold new direction for the monarchy, and many believed that Meghan would begin to bring positive change to the country.

However, it wasn’t long before things were soured by a slew of negative press coverage and a series of possible missteps by the high-profile couple.

Meghan and Prince Harry welcomed their son, Archie Harrison, in May 2019, and once again, fans were hopeful that the child’s birth could change the course of the couple’s future within the royal family. Still, their decision to raise him in privacy, and to keep traditionally public events like his christening extremely private, angered many.

All in all, it seemed as though Meghan and Prince Harry weren’t very comfortable living their lives in the spotlight, and often seemed to want to pick and choose the perks of fame.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken out against the tabloids

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland | Andrew Milligan – WPA Pool/Getty Images

From the very beginning, the British press had a hard time accepting Meghan. Whether it was her former profession as an actress, her American nationality, or other, more devious reasons like racism, the tabloids in England rarely had positive things to write about her. In fact, their coverage often crossed the line into what the duchess and Prince Harry deemed as racist and cruel.

Prince Harry was very vocal about defending his wife to the press, but it became increasingly clear over time that the attacks were taking a toll on Meghan. In late 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up to journalist Tom Bradby about how hard the relentless media attacks, with the duchess admitting that she was “not okay.” Shortly after, the couple took legal action against the British tabloid Mail on Sunday. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to a ‘hotbed’ for paparazzi

In January 2020, Meghan and Prince Harry announced that they would be stepping away from their roles as senior members of the royal family. While their reasons for leaving didn’t specifically reference the tabloid harassment, many believed that their desire for privacy played a big role in their decision to leave the spotlight.

In the early spring, the couple moved to Los Angeles, a move that, to many critics, seemed counterproductive for their requests for a low-key life. 

California is the hub of the Hollywood film industry, with movie stars living in many of the more expensive neighborhoods. Prince Harry and Meghan chose to settle in Los Angeles, the heart of the action. According to a recent PageSix report, the couple couldn’t have picked a more conspicuous new home if they tried.

Sources claim that Meghan and Prince Harry live in a gated community, but that waiting just outside the gates of their estate is a swarm of close to three-hundred paparazzi, a veritable “hotbed” — all eager for the latest photos of the formerly royal pair. If this was an intentional move by Meghan and Prince Harry, then it is likely they didn’t truly leave the royal family over the need for privacy.