In early 2020, as the couple wasfrom their “senior” royal roles and aiming to become financially independent, Harry was told, “short notice, that security was going to be removed,” he told Oprah. He said their change of status, since they were “no longer working members of the royal family,” led to their .
Harry and Meghan had first relocated to Canada, but their location in Vancouver was publicized by. During the interview with Oprah, which aired on CBS Sunday night, Harry said as the coronavirus pandemic ramped up, he knew they had to move — fast.
“So suddenly it dawned on me, ‘Hang on, the borders could be closed, we’re going to have our security removed, who knows how long lockdown is going to be, the world knows where we are, it’s not safe, it’s not secure, we probably need to get out of here,” Harry continued.
Meghan said they didn’t have a plan, but then a friend invited them to stay at one of his homes. It was Tyler Perry to the rescue.
The actor, producer and director offered up a house in Southern California where Meghan, Harry and their son, Archie, lived for three months with a security detail also provided by Perry. Perry’s generosity “gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do,” Meghan said.
Perry, who became a billionaire last year, according to Forbes, has been busy during the pandemic.
His production company, Tyler Perry Studios was one of thelast summer, using strict safety protocols, after the coronavirus pandemic forced Hollywood to grind to a halt. Perry, 51, has also helped raise awareness for , appearing in a BET special in January during which he received the shot himself.
Meghan and Harry are now living in their own house in the Santa Barbara area, not far from Oprah, who conductedin the backyard of another nearby home. They have started their own nonprofit foundation, Archewell, and also signed deals with Spotify and Netflix for through Archewell Audio and Archewell Productions.
During the candid interview, the couple also opened up about Meghan’s mental health struggles while living in the U.K.,about “how dark” their baby’s skin tone might be, and a rift between Harry and his father.