Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan:


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Es­cape to Los An­ge­les: Sick of scru­tiny from the press and the palace, the royal cou­ple are jet­ting out of Eng­land — maybe for good.

PRINCE Harry Markle are of­fi­cially dis­il­lu­sioned with Mer­rie Olde Eng­land — and are plan­ning to get the heck outta Dodge. A Star in­sider re­ports that the royal duo came away from their African royal tour in late Septem­ber — and from the ac­com­pa­ny­ing doc­u­men­tary, which re­vealed them to be raw from and deeply af­fected by royal pres­sures and pub­lic scru­tiny — de­ter­mined to spend more time abroad. “The neg­a­tiv­ity sur­round­ing the cou­ple is tak­ing its toll, so they’re head­ing to L.A. for an ex­tended break in Novem­ber, and they’re tak­ing Archie too,” re­veals the in­sider. “In fact it was the queen who sug­gested it.”


Since Meghan, 38, joined the royal fam­ily last year, she and Harry, 35, have fa­mously es­chewed of­fi­cial pro­to­col, from de­mand­ing ex­tra privacy af­ter Archie’s birth in May to turn­ing down a res­i­dence at Kens­ing­ton Palace near Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton in fa­vor of a coun­try cot­tage. (Its pricey ren­o­va­tion irked crit­ics.) But the trade-off for in­sist­ing on do­ing things their way has been an on­slaught of scru­tiny and crit­i­cism — and they’re done pre­tend­ing to be un­af­fected. “I re­ally tried to adopt this Bri­tish sen­si­bil­ity of a stiff up­per lip,” Meghan ad­mit­ted in the doc­u­men­tary Harry & Meghan: An African Jour­ney “But I think what that does in­ter­nally is prob­a­bly re­ally dam­ag­ing.” Harry, who’s strug­gled emo­tion­ally since the 1997 death of his mom, Princess Diana, con­fessed that his men­tal health has re­quired “con­stant man­age­ment” in re­cent months and that “putting on a brave face and turn­ing a cheek” has been in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult: “There’s a lot of stuff that hurts.” Com­pound­ing the Sus­sexes’ sense of iso­la­tion is their re­ported rift with Wil­liam and Kate, who might oth­er­wise serve as close con­fi­dants. On film, Harry ad­mit­ted that he and his brother are “cer­tainly on dif­fer­ent paths at the mo­ment… as broth­ers, we have good days and bad days.”

So with lit­tle appeal left in Bri­tain, Harry and Meghan are plan­ning a great

es­cape out West com­plete with a com­fort ing Thanks­giv­ing meal with Meghan’s L.A.-based mom, Do­ria Ragland. And Harry is re­port­edly up­ping the va­cayvibes ante by “plan­ning all kinds of treats to help his wife switch off from the rest of the world — spa treat­ments, hikes, ro­man­tic din­ners, wine tast­ings and much more. He’s even get­ting tips from Do­ria!”

ONE-WAY TICKET? Meghan and Harry may be count­ing on the Cal­i­for­nia sun to cure what ails them, but their royal co­hort isn’t quite con­vinced. “Harry’s fam­ily is deeply con­cerned about his state of mind right now,” says the in­sider. “They’ve tried ev­ery­thing from of­fer­ing ad­vice to stag­ing an in­ter­ven­tion, but noth­ing seems to work.” The source adds, “Wil­liam’s wor­ried sick about his brother and hopes the trip to L.A. will help clear his head, al­though he questions whether Harry’s just run­ning away from his prob­lems.”

But while the Sus­sexes are ex­pected to be back in the U.K. to cel­e­brate Christ­mas with the queen — and face their prob­lems head-on — they might al­ready have their sights set on fu­ture State­side get­aways. “Dur­ing their time in L.A., they plan to go house hunt­ing in Mal­ibu,” re­veals the in­sider. “Meghan’s be­yond lonely and misses her fam­ily and friends, and she’d love to have a base in her home­town And Harry’s a huge fan of the life­style.” And though the in­sider in­sists that the house would be “more of a hol­i­day home than a per­ma­nent res­i­dence,” a source sug­gests that Meghan might have more long-term plans. Harry’s al­ready hinted that he’d be open to of­fi­cially re­lo­cat­ing — specif­i­cally to his beloved Africa — but Meghan “wears the pants in the mar­riage,” says the source, “and there are whis­pers that she’s plan­ning to show Harry the best L.A. has to offer in a bid to get him to move there for good.” Adds the in­sider: “Once they’re set­tled in the U.S., sur­rounded by Meghan’s A-list friends, I wouldn’t be sur­prised if they don’t want to come back!”★

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