Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Moving to Los Angeles Claims a Highly Placed Source

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be moving to her old stomping ground in Los Angeles. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly eying the City of Angels for their second home base. The move comes after the couple announced that they will now be splitting their time between North America and the U.K. and would like to step down as senior members of the royal family and become “financially independent.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to move to Los Angeles

Taking to Instagram, Harry and Meghan recently announced plans to step down from their positions as senior members of the royal family.

As part of their new goals, the Sussexes will be setting up a home base somewhere in North America, where they will live part of the year. They have not confirmed a landing spot, but an inside source claims that Meghan would love to return to Los Angeles.

“Meghan is, at heart, an LA girl, she cares about money, power and prestige,” the source shared.

The insider added that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will also set up shop in Canada. The pair spent the holidays on Vancouver Island and both of them have connections in the area.

Meghan lived in Toronto while working on the hit legal drama, Suits. Harry, meanwhile, has done some charitable work in the country, including hosting the Invictus Games in 2017 in Toronto.

Why Los Angeles?

According to Page Six, the well-placed source claims that Harry and Meghan will name their Canadian home as their official base, but they will be spending a good chunk of their time in Los Angeles.

Meghan is from the area and her mother, Dorian Ragland, still calls Los Angeles home. Meghan and her mom are very close, so it makes sense that she wants to spend more time with her.

“Meghan really wants to live in California, it’s where she is from and where her mother lives,” a source explained.

The insider noted that Meghan Markle loves the pace of Los Angeles and feels like she can live in privacy in the city. She has also reportedly been getting advice from George and Amal Clooney, and Oprah about the best places to settle down.

From a practical standpoint, Los Angeles gives Prince Harry and Meghan a big enough platform to do charitable work. Meghan also hopes that she gets a better reception in America than she did in the U.K. — which is very likely.

What are some of the logistics behind the move?

There are a lot of moving pieces behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to live outside of the U.K. The royal family currently funds the majority of the couple’s endeavors, so they will need to find an alternative source of income to pay for the move.

Meghan had a small fortune of her own from her acting career, and there is little doubt that she can raise money. Before marrying into the royal family, Meghan ran a successful blog and had deals with various fashion agencies.

Aside from purchasing a new home in Los Angeles (and maybe Canada), Harry and Meghan will need to pay for security around the clock.

British police officers currently protect the royals, but if they move to Los Angeles, they will likely have to tap into security firms in Hollywood. This could end up costing them millions, but it is a necessity if they want to live abroad.

Is Meghan Markle controlling Prince Harry’s life?

In light of the couple’s big announcement, there has been a lot of talk about how Meghan Markle is now running things for Prince Harry. There is little doubt that Harry wants to protect Meghan, especially considering her struggles with the British tabloids.

But a source claims that Harry has ditched his old friends and has been hanging out with a bunch of Meghan’s pals. The insider also believes that Meghan was the one who suggested stepping away from the royal family.

“Everyone is convinced Meghan is the driving force behind this move to quit the royal family. She is the one who most wants to be back living in Canada and California, where she feels happy, and to bring their son, Archie, up away from the restrictive and intrusive politics of Buckingham Palace,” the source stated.

The news comes shortly after Prince Harry admitted that his relationship with Prince William is on the fritz. Although Harry and Meghan have not revealed too many specifics about their big move, the royal family seems to be holding out hope that they can change their minds.

A palace spokesperson released a statement shortly after Harry and Meghan’s announcement, explaining how this is a “complicated” issue that will need time to resolve. We do not know if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision is final, but it sounds like the royals were blindsided by the move.