Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Life In Canada Was ‘Never Going to Work’ Claims Royal Expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially left Canada. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been staying on Vancouver Island while they iron out the final details of their exit from the royal family. With their departure becoming official at the end of March, a royal expert claims that the couple’s life in Canada was “never going to work.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle move to California

For the past few months, Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have been living in a luxurious rental house on Canada’s Vancouver Island. The couple has been very vocal about setting up a second home in North America, though nobody knew exactly where they would move.

Turns out, Los Angeles is the couple’s final destination. According to The Sun, Prince Harry and Meghan flew to Los Angeles right before the United States and Canada closed their borders because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A source claims that the Sussexes have been planning on moving to Los Angeles for a long time and always knew that Canada was not going to be their next home.

Harry and Meghan have left Canada now for good. The borders were closing and flights were stopping. They had to get out,” the insider dished. “But this move was planned for some time. They realized Canada would not work out for various reasons and they want to be based in the Los Angeles area.”

The move comes as the rest of the royal family is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak in the U.K. Prince Charles recently tested positive for the virus, which sparked some talk about Harry returning home to be with his family. 

Why did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex choose Los Angeles?

There are plenty of reasons why Prince Harry and Meghan decided to set up a base in Los Angeles. For starters, Meghan grew up in the city and her mother, Doria Ragland, lives in the area.

Los Angeles also offers a better opportunity for the Sussexes to grow their brand. The two are looking to become financially independent from the crown and will need a substantial source of income to fund their various ventures.

“In a way it’s exchanging one goldfish bowl for another but it’s a city where Meghan has deep personal and professional connections,” Arthur Edwards, a photographer for the royals, shared. “In LA they’ll be close to Meghan’s mum Doria – her only family member at her wedding to Harry – who will love having Archie so close.”

According to Express, Meghan’s team of PR agents are based in Los Angeles, as are many of her celebrity friends. This includes the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. Depending on how Prince Harry and Meghan plan on making money, these connections will undoubtedly prove useful.

While we finally know where Harry and Meghan will be spending most of their time, sources say that their royal counterparts are not happy about it.

How did the royals react to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big move?

Buckingham Palace has not released a statement regarding Harry and Meghan’s decision to relocate to Los Angeles. But according to inside sources, the royals are less than thrilled with the move.

Following Charles’ health scare, many experts believed that Harry might return to the UK in a show of unity for the monarchy. After all, the royals are already shorthanded as it is and could use the extra support.

When the exact opposite happened, sources say that the royals were “stunned” and “horrified” by Prince Harry’s decision to go to Los Angeles.

To make things even worse, there are some concerns that Queen Elizabeth may have contracted the virus from Charles. The two were in contact with each other on March 12, a day before doctors believe that Charles was infectious.

Buckingham Palace has not commented on Queen Elizabeth’s health. Her Majesty is currently in self-isolation at Windsor Castle.

Meghan and Harry hire a new staff member

While Prince Harry and Meghan are in lockdown, Page Six is reporting that they have hired a new staffer to lead their charitable endeavors. A leaked email reveals that the former head of Bill and Melinda Gates’ foundation, Catherine St-Laurent, will be leading their next nonprofit organization.

“Beginning next week I will be acting as Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the new non-profit enterprise for Meghan M and Harry,” St-Laurent shared. “They are embarking on a new chapter themselves and I am thrilled to be able to play a supporting role in realizing their vision and enabling them to achieve impact on the issues that matter most to them.”

St-Laurent worked with Pivotal Ventures for close to 9 years. She is from Montreal, which is where she may have originally met Harry and Meghan.

Although Harry and Meghan’s endeavor will act like a charity, it is not going to be set up as a foundation. A source claims that the two want to “find their own way of giving back and new ways to make change.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not commented on the latest reports surrounding their exit from the royal family. Their departure is scheduled to become official on March 31, though that could change in light of the pandemic.