Meghan’s family joy. Plus, Harry moves to Hollywood
Ever sincei theyh met, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have jetted back and forth across the Atlantic in order to be with one another. But the smitten royal has declared he’s had enough of the temporary arrangements – he’s about to set up a permanent home in the US!
The deliriously happy couple have captured the world’s attention with their romantic love story, which has defied the royal rule book. Last week, they openly kissed and cuddled at the Invictus Games in Toronto, where they were joined by Meghan’s mum, yoga instructor Doria Ragland.
As a biracial divorcée from the US – and an actress at that – the gorgeous Suits star, 36, is made of the kind of stuff that once would have had the palace in uproar. But royal rebel Harry, 33, wants to show the woman he’s fallen head over heels in love with that she is more important to him than tradition, even if that means moving away from his native England.
“Harry and Meghan have done a trial run of living together at his palace cottage,” a source close to the flamehaired prince tells Woman’s
Day. “And while Meghan loved London, she hated being so far from her family.
“She decided that putting down roots in England wasn’t for her, even though she knew that might end their relationship, but he was more than understanding. He told Meghan he loves her so much, he wants to make it work. She couldn’t believe it!”
Sources say Harry is already planning for the big transition. “He and Meghan have been house-hunting in LA, where Meghan’s family is based,” says a friend of the prince. “They’ve got their eye on a secluded mansion in the Hollywood Hills, with a gorgeous view of the city, where they can base themselves when Meghan isn’t in Toronto filming Suits.”
While Harry’s sure that living part-time in the US won’t result in him being ousted from the royal fold, he knows it won’t be a popular move – which is why he’s yet to break the news to his grandmother, the Queen, 91, or even his brother, Prince William, 35.
“Harry’s not expecting it to go down well,” says our source, who points out that the prince’s decision brings to mind his great-great uncle King Edward VIII, who ruled for less than a year before infamously abdicating the throne in 1936 to marry
twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson.
But as Harry sees it, the odds of him one day wearing the crown are now slim to none. With the births of Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two, plus another baby on the way for William and the Duchess of Cambridge, 35, he’ll soon be only sixth in line to the throne – way down the pecking order.
Harry feels bad about disappointing the Queen, says our source. “He knows she will take it to heart. She believes he has an important role to play in keeping the monarchy young and relevant. She’s bent over backwards to accommodate his relationship with Meghan, especially given that she’s an American and a divorcée.
“I’m sure she realises Meghan’s a good fit for a freewheeling guy like Harry, rather than some stiff British upper-cruster. But she could never have imagined he would prioritise his relationship over his royal role.”
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan, who are understood to be already secretly engaged, are busy planning not just their nuptials but their future babies. An insider tells us, “Meghan’s biggest concern is not the wedding. She’s 36 and terrified it’s going to be really hard to get pregnant. She’s already begun a fertility diet and she’s switched to prenatal yoga to get her body primed.
“She wants to get pregnant
the day she gets married. Any earlier, she knows, would embarrass the royal family, although Harry has said he doesn’t care and that they can start trying for a baby now.”
If the couple do hit a speed bump when it comes to conceiving, another source close to the actress reveals Meghan has a plan B. We’re told, “Meghan froze some eggs when she was 30 to ensure that some day she could have children, even if she started late. She’s a modern girl and doesn’t really care how she gets pregnant.
“Harry would like to try the natural way for a couple of years at least, but Meghan is more practical – she wants results. She’s told Harry that after the wedding, she’ll give it six months and if they haven’t conceived, well, it’s off to the clinic for IVF!”
Joined by Meghan’s mum Doria, the pair snuggle up at the Invictus Games.