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Her dream move to LA has been thrown into chaos amid the coronaviru­s outbreak

- Georgia Trevitt

After moving to Los Angeles with husband Harry and their 11-month-old son Archie to finally begin a new chapter in their lives, a source tells new that Meghan Markle has been left devastated after being told she’s unable to see her mum Doria Ragland due to the coronaviru­s lockdown.

Meghan, 38, and Prince

Harry, 35, moved from Canada to set up a new home close to Hollywood, where most of Meghan’s friends and family – including Doria – are based.

But an insider has told new the couple’s big move is bitterswee­t as, like most of the world, they’ve been forced to self-isolate.

“Meghan jetted to LA amid the panic over the borders being shut down, but upon arriving they were quickly told it was too dangerous to isolate with Doria, so Meghan has been separated from her since their arrival,” revealed the mole.

“Despite being back in her home city, this isn’t the dream of returning home she’d imagined. It’s been a very isolating and lonely time for Meghan, who was desperate to get to her mum and have her be with her grandson, who she’s missing desperatel­y.”

As well as feeling alone, Meghan is also said to be gutted she can’t help her 63-year-old mum more because of her celebrity status.

“Doria lives alone, which is a big worry for Meghan,” our source said. “Due to her high profile, she can’t just nip over and drop in groceries, so she feels a sense of helplessne­ss at being so close but not being able to be with her.”

Our mole continued, “Meghan’s praying it doesn’t go on too long and has been checking in three to four times a day, as well as having staff on hand to deliver anything Doria needs to her home. “But it’s not been the return home she’d planned and it looks like she may be apart from her mum for a few months at least – meaning Doria will also miss Archie’s first birthday next month, which is a double blow.”

While Meghan’s having a difficult time, royal expert Duncan Larcombe tells new that Harry may also be struggling with life in Los Angeles.

“Meghan came over to the UK, she gave up her career, joined the royal family and two years later found she was unhappy. Now it’s Harry’s turn to give up everything so she can go back to being an actress and resume her career,” he said.

“But I can’t imagine that someone as active and as passionate as Harry is just going to sit back and basically do nothing over the longer term. I think he might feel like a prisoner within his own home. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Prince Harry as a working royal.”

As well as coronaviru­s affecting their family life, Duncan thinks the move will put a negative focus on Harry’s status. “Britain is eventually going to enter a phase of hardship and that’s when the royal family traditiona­lly comes into its own,” he explained. “The Firm will get fully engaged to boost the country’s collective morale, so how is it going to look when all the senior members of the royal family are doing this while Harry is sitting in his LA villa by the pool putting out messages about positivity? It could grate very badly back in Britain.”

The couple officially quit royal life last week after announcing in January they were stepping down. In a final post on their joint Instagram account, they wrote, “As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordin­arily fragile. Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunit­y to make a difference – as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communitie­s and those on the front line – together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise.”

Before signing off as Harry and Meghan, rather than their previous Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles, the couple added, “While you may not see us here, the work continues.”

Meanwhile, they have also been forced to deny they are seeking government funds in the US for their security bill after President Trump tweeted, “…the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”

A spokesman for the couple said, “The Duke and Duchess have no plans to ask the US government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangemen­ts have been made.”


 ??  ?? Meghan isn’t living with her mum Doria
Meghan isn’t living with her mum Doria
 ??  ?? Harry, Meghan and Archie are in LA
Harry, Meghan and Archie are in LA

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