Lem­priere Duke and Duchess

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

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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.”

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