Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan:
HARRY AND MEGHAN HAVE HAD IT WITH THE CONSTANT ROYAL SCRUTINY — AND ARE LOOKING FOR ANY EXCUSE TO FLEE.
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.”
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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!”★