He may not be a royal anymore, but he still is his mother's son.
It has been reported that Harry and Meghan have settled in L.A. in the US, after leaving Canada. The couple is believed to have settled into a $20million (£16million) mansion in Malibu, a place which is a bit away from the busy center. Perhaps, this is their way to catch up on some quiet time amidst their busy schedules?
While the move came as a surprise for many, those who know them think they had this option open for a while now. What's more exciting though is that this isn't the first time the Royal family had a yearning for this city. According to Express, the Duke's late mother, Lady Diana, too had a strong desire for the place. In fact, they narrowed in on an area that could have been Diana's home had it not been for her tragic end. Perhaps, it is the young couple's tribute to the iconic People's Princess.
"Sources have told us that Meghan and Harry are staying in a $20million mansion in Malibu," Express quoted Ms. Lankston. "Now, this is interesting for a number of reasons. Malibu is nicely out of the way, it’s not right in the middle of LA, they’re not going to get that Hollywood, over the top lifestyle which I’m sure the two of them are not looking forward to getting involved into whatsoever," she added.
It was claimed that Lady Diana had agreed to move in with Dodi al-Fayed, who had bought a mansion for her in the very same locality. According to the source quoted by Express, "It’s also in an area where it was rumored that Princess Diana was planning to live with Dodi al-Fayed shortly before they died." Al-Fayed had bought the house in the Malibu area in June 1997, hoping to begin his new life with his lady love, just two months before the car crash.
The royal expert continued, "We know that Dodi had purchased property in the very same area and sources told us Princess Diana was very much planning to move in with him had their life not ended so tragically and so early."
She drew parallels with her son's desire to find a quiet place away from the busy neighborhoods. "Harry and Meghan were very much testing the waters with their stay in Canada, I don’t believe they ever planned to make the place their residence but it was the place that the two of them knew they could be really isolated from the rest of the world," she added.
"They could really hunker down with Archie, away from the publicity that they experienced in London. It always made sense for the two of them to be in Los Angeles at least part of the time."
Ms. Lankston suggested the move away from Canada could have been prompted by the desire of Meghan Markle to settle down closer to her mother Doria Ragland in her hometown. She explained, "Meghan’s family is from LA, her mother, who she is very close to, lives just outside the main Los Angeles City area. And it’s also somewhere where the two of them will be able to get a lot of work done."
The city can also be a great place for little Archie to grow up. She says, "The lifestyle in LA is very much something Meghan buys into – she loves yoga, she loves pilates, she eats very healthily," she revealed. "And it would be a really great place where to raise a child – you get that wonderful LA sunshine, you get beaches, there’s a lot of outdoor activities."
Earlier, a source told ET that it was always their plan to eventually move to the US. "It was always their plan to eventually be based in California since their work-life will be focused in the US."
A Sussex spokesperson from Harry and Meghan's Buckingham Palace office issued their last statement on behalf of the couple on Monday, reported GMA.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend the next few months focusing on their family and continuing to do what they can, safely and privately, to support and work with their pre-existing charitable commitments, while developing their future non-profit organization," the spokesperson said. "For now, there will be no additional information on their next steps."
Well, it does look like a well-planned move to settle in a place that will be favorable to them in every aspect. But even amid all the planning and execution, Harry did not forget to find a better way to connect with his mom.
While all of this may seem like a recent move, Princess Diana's astrologer, Debbie Frank said she found that Harry is likely to land in the US, when he was just six years old. According to Express, Frank and Diana discussed the young princes often and Diana was worried about Harry more than she was about William. The Express quoted Frank, explaining how the People's Princess felt, "Diana would always have a giggle and a glint in her eye when she talked about Harry. She would be rueful about him and what was going to happen for Harry, and she knew he had all this energy and it was going to be hard for him to conform to real life.”