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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is making new friends in California. Since officially stepping down as a senior royal, Harry is slowly adjusting to life away from the rest of the British royal family. And there for him during the transition process is music executive, David Foster. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are putting down roots in Santa Barbara  

Prince Harry attends Adam Tower project introduction in 2019
Prince Harry attends Adam Tower project introduction in 2019 | KOEN VAN WEEL/AFP via Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Harry first relocated to the U.S. from England after a brief stint in Canada. When they returned to Meghan’s home state, they stayed in an $18 million Beverly Hills mansion belonging to Tyler Perry.

The Duchess of Sussex’s mom, Doria Ragland, moved in with the couple and reportedly helped out with her grandson, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. 

Staying in Perry’s mansion since March 2020, Harry and Meghan started househunting. And by June 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex bought a home. Reportedly, they’re now living in a sprawling property in the oceanside town of Santa Barbara, California, and have been since July 2020. 

David Foster is someone Prince Harry ‘can really lean on’, Omid Scobie says

Omid Scobie, the co-author of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Family, spoke with ET about the couple’s move.

In the August 2020 interview, Scobie touched on the budding friendship between Harry and Foster, saying the Duke of Sussex looks to Foster for advice on all sorts of stuff. 

“Harry and David Foster, the Canadian music producer and composer, has become a very close confidante,” Scobie told the outlet.

David Foster and Katharine McPhee attend the 2020 Breakthrough Prize
David Foster and Katharine McPhee attend the 2020 Breakthrough Prize | Ian Tuttle/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize

To Harry, Foster is “someone he can really lean on for business advice and other matters,” he added. Scobie also said that his sources say the Duke of Sussex and Foster “speak very regularly.”

Meghan Markle went to school with singer Katharine McPhee, David Foster’s wife

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have many close friends in Hollywood. But their connection to Foster goes back to Meghan’s school days. She went to middle school Katharine McPhee, the actress-singer-songwriter married to Foster.

Months after McPhee shared that she went to school with Meghan in a January 2019 Instagram post, she spoke with Access about her husband’s friendship with Harry. 


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David Foster and Prince Harry are ‘like father and son’, Katharine McPhee says

During a May 2020 interview with Access, McPhee opened up about the friendship between Foster and Harry

“They’re so cute, they’re like father and son,” she said. “We just stay in touch with them. Meghan and I knew each other from childhood, but really, Harry and my husband are friends, so it’s really nice.”