Meghan Markle Convinced Prince Harry to Move to Los Angeles, Source Claims
After announcing their exit as senior working members of the British royal family, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry stunned the world by settling in Los Angeles, California. Much of the Sussexes’ desire to leave the royal family was due to their lack of privacy. The pair felt that they were living in a fishbowl under the spotlight of the public and press.
In Los Angeles, the duchess’ hometown, the pair are seeking to launch their new Archewell foundation while finding new projects with their powerhouse Hollywood team. The pair have hired Nick Collins of the Gersh Agency. Collins is responsible for taking care of film, TV, and charity offers. The Sussexes have also hired, Andrew Meyer, who runs Freemark Financial for their business plan and lawyer Rick Genow. PR agency Sunshine Sachs will be handling the couple’s PR.
Despite the access, Hollywood is a world away from the U.K. and even from the couple’s favorite holiday location, Vancouver Island in Canada. In fact, sources are now saying, it took some time for the duchess to convince her husband to make the move to LA.
Moving to Los Angeles has been challenging for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Though the Sussexes had landed on LA shortly after their final royal engagement in early March 2020, no one could have anticipated the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, the couple along with the 11-month old son, Archie Harrison, had to flee Canada in a hurry to move to LA.
Due to self-quarantining and isolation, the duchess hasn’t even able to see her mother, Doria Ragland even though she doesn’t live far from them now. For the duke’s part, being away from his family during this challenging time has also been mentally straining.
“Harry absolutely loved life in Canada and has made no secret of how much he misses life there,” a royal insider told Express. “The time that he spent there with Meghan and Archie is probably the happiest he has ever been. Harry misses the pace of life there and the fact they were living in a really secluded place where they could be themselves, relax and enjoy life. The biggest issue really has been the timing. Moving at the moment is incredibly difficult. Harry and Meghan have uprooted their life and have been unable to properly immerse themselves into LA life and get settled. Harry is hoping that once the lockdown is lifted things will be a lot easier and they will fall into step with the pace of life there.”
Hopefully, with the ban lifts, the pair can begin truly forming their new life.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a plan to combat the paparazzi and tabloids
Obviously, the paparazzi are a huge issue in LA, especially for celebrities as high-profile as the Sussexes. However, the pair are already proving that they won’t be adapting the stiff upper lip policy of the royal family in their new life.
The couple recently issued an intense letter to four British tabloids, The Sun, Daily Mail, Mirror, and Express. They have said that they will receive “zero engagement” from the Sussexes unless it through their lawyers. “It is gravely concerning that an influential slice of the media, over many years, has sought to insulate themselves from taking accountability for what they say or print — even when they know it will be distorted, false, or invasive beyond reason,” the Sussexes‘ letter read in part. “When power is enjoyed without responsibility, the trust we all place in this much-needed industry is degraded.”
Additionally, the Sussexes’ current rented LA mansion is paparazzi proof. The $10 million mansion located in a gated community. “They have tried to make life as comfortable as possible in their rented house, and have found a wonderful complex away from prying eyes,” an insider told The Sun. “It is accessible through two guarded checkpoints, and prides itself on being ‘paparazzi-proof’.”
Meghan Markle had to convince Prince Harry to move to Los Angeles
Though Prince Harry has said he ultimately made the final choice to leave the royal family, it was the duchess who reportedly convinced him to move to LA. TMZ is reporting that Meghan was the “driving force.”
In addition to their forthcoming Archewell foundation, the couple is reportedly working with Oprah Winfrey on a docuseries. For now, the pair have focused on COVID-19 efforts including volunteering with Project Angel Food in LA and donating £90,000 ($112,000) to Feeding Britain.