‘Sister Wives’: Is Meri’s Bed and Breakfast Causing a Rift in the Family?

Is trouble brewing in the Brown family? TLC’s Sister Wives is back for its 13th season, and based on what we’ve seen so far, there’s some major tension in the polygamist family headed by Kody Brown.

Fans of the show will remember that during the last season, first wife Meri revealed her goal of starting a bed and breakfast. She wanted to purchase a home that had been in her family for more than a century before it was sold in the 1980s.

In a preview for the new season, she’s one step closer to achieving her dream, having been approved for a bank loan to buy the house, which was built by her great-great-grandparents in 1870. There’s just one hitch. She needs to borrow some money from Kody and her fellow sister wives to complete the deal.

How Kody responds to Meri’s request

When Meri tearfully pitches the rest of the family on the bed and breakfast idea, the response isn’t exactly enthusiastic. Kody – who divorced Meri after more than two decades of marriage in order to legally wed fourth wife Robyn– says the family just doesn’t have the money to help her out. He also explains that he doesn’t see how Meri’s desire to own the B&B fits with the family’s larger goals.

“I’ve struggled, personally, not to see it as sort of self-indulgent, that it’s never been about the family, it’s just been about Meri needing this house in her family,” Kody says. “It’s never been about how it could benefit our children.”

Kody’s other wives seem to side with him when it comes to Meri’s business plans. If they do help out with the business, they say, they want it to be a true partnership. Meri seems to struggle with that, saying “I’m being very careful about holding it all in right now, because part of me wants to just stand up and be like, ‘Okay, fine, I don’t need you guys.’”

Why Meri is so passionate about opening a B&B

While we’re not sure exactly how the conflict over the buying the B&B was resolved, those who follow Meri on social media know she achieved her goal of buying the home.

Lizzie’s Heritage Inn opened in late 2017 in Parowan, Utah. In December 2018, Meri shared a throwback photo to the grand opening. “Can’t believe it’s been a year already! So grateful for everyone who has supported our journey!” she wrote.

Meri runs the inn with her mother, according to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune. Her family has deep roots in the area, having been some of the first white people to settle the area in the late 19th century.

While the B&B is up and running, it doesn’t appear that Meri has permanently relocated to Utah to manage the business. Based on her Instagram posts, it looks like she’s moved with Kody and the rest of the family to Flagstaff, Arizona. That move appears to have stirred up additional drama, with some of the wives initially resisting the move. But eventually, the Browns spent $820,000 on land to build their new homes. We’re sure the transition to their new life will be a major storyline in Season 13.

Season 13 of Sister Wives premieres January 20 at 8/7c on TLC.

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