After a few months of living in Canada, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now Californians
Welcome to L.A., Sussexes! It’s being reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have left their dwellings in Vancouver Island, Canada, to take up residence in California. The couple is now settled in L.A. in a secluded compound, presumably socially isolating during the coronavirus pandemic in Meghan’s hometown.
Though the couple hasn’t confirmed this particular move yet, it comes as no surprise that they’d choose to reside in L.A. after announcing their break from the royal family earlier this year. Meghan has her mother, Doria, in L.A. and a solid support system of friends there.
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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA
A source in the couple’s circle tells PEOPLE that they had been planning to look at houses in L.A. this year. “Harry is looking straight ahead at his future with his family,” the source. “They will be spending time in California…He’s not looking back.” (Fun fact: when “sources” are quoted amid royal news, it’s usually someone who has permission to speak for said royals on condition of anonymity.)
Back in January, Harry and Meghan said they will continue to bounce between the U.K. and the U.S. for the time being. “The Duke and Duchess will be spending their time in both the United Kingdom and North America,” said the spokesperson, adding, “In addition to continuing to work closely with their existing patronages as they build a plan for engagements in the U.K. and the Commonwealth throughout the year, the Duke and Duchess have also been undertaking meetings as a part of their ongoing work to establish a new non-profit organization. The details of this new organization will be shared later in the year.”
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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall — marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the 80th anniversary of the formation of Britain’s Commandos. The Duke, who is Captain General @RoyalMarines joined veterans, serving members, world-class musicians, composers and conductors of the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to help raise funds on behalf of the @RoyalMarines Charity. #MFM2020 Photo © The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton
The couple’s last official day as senior members of the royal family is March 30, though they made their final official appearances a few weeks ago. Since then, it’s been announced that Meghan will narrate an upcoming Disney+ documentary feature called Elephant.
Two new movies, two unforgettable journeys. Start streaming Disneynature’s Elephant, narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, and Disneynature’s Dolphin Reef, narrated by Natalie Portman, on April 3, only on #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/t9ZDkko4c6
— Disney+ UK (@DisneyPlusUK) March 26, 2020
It’s kind of awesome that the Duchess has wasted no time getting back to her love of the arts now that she’s no longer obligated to let go of that part of her career. Elephant will be available to stream as of April 3.
Congrats to the couple we all love to admire, ogle, and cheer on. And welcome to the U.S.! Now stay inside with your adorable selves and that cute baby and stay healthy.