Meghan Markle seems to prove she is happy to return home to Los Angeles after stepping down as a senior royal with her husband, Prince Harry, in March.
In a talk with Gloria Steinem for Makers Women, Meghan Markle admitted she’s glad to be back home.
In March, the 38-year-old returned to L.A. after they completed their royal duties and officially stepped back from their royal roles. They once lived in Tyler Perry’s mansion until they eventually buy their own in Santa Barbara.
A sweet welcome back home
Steinem welcomed Meghan home, saying, “I’m so glad that you’re home,” per Us Weekly.
“Thank you. Me too, for so many reasons,” the Duchess of Sussex responded.
The former actress and Prince Harry surprised everyone when they dropped their bombshell announcement in January on Instagram.
At the time, they announced their decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family. But before they revealed their plan, they broke a royal tradition by spending the holidays in Canada instead of in the U.K.
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“Being biracial, growing up, whether it was a doll or a person in office, you need to see someone who looks like you in some capacity. As many of us believe, you can only be what you can see. And in the absence of that, how can you aspire to something greater than what you see in your own world? I think maybe now we’re starting to break-through in a different way.” – Meghan 👏🏼🙌🏼 Don’t forget to go to the link in our bio to read the full Q&A between Meghan and @gloriasteinem! It’s absolutely incredible! 💖 • • • • • • • *We do not own the image posted. All credits to the Duke & Duchess of Sussex and Matthew Sayles. #meghanmarklesource #meghan #meghanmarkle #meghanandharry #archieharrison #babysussex #style #dukeofsussex #princeharry #duchessofsussex #sussex #inspiration #incredible #amazing #fashion #hairstyles #hairinspo #dukeandduchessofsussex #fashioninspo #instaworthy #styleinspo #meghan #harry #instagram
The first official house of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
When they eventually moved to California, they first stayed at Perry’s L.A. mansion. Allegedly, the couple wanted to give the area “a shot,” but the Duke of Sussex “hated being there.”
So, they bought their house, a $14.65-million villa, in Santa Barbara in June.
The 18,671-square-foot sprawling mansion was from the Russian businessman Sergey Grishin.
A source revealed to Us Prince Harry could have asked his father, Prince Charles, to contribute to the house’s cost, but he didn’t do so.
According to reports, the couple had also paid $9.5 million for the mortgage.
Allegedly, the sixth in line to the throne would feel he was “going backward” if he would ask for help from his family.
As excited new house owners, the tipster revealed they had big plans for their home.
They, reportedly, planned to convert one of the guesthouses into a full house, where Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, could live.
The former Suits star also planned to update some of its rooms, like the kitchen and Archie’s bedroom.
So, why does the couple choose Santa Barbara?
People reported Prince Harry and Meghan were looking for a “smaller community and a slower pace.”
They fell in love with the “charming little town” and saw the “ideal lifestyle” they were looking for here.
They loved that it was right on the coast with many places to hike, dine, and shop.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also believed they could give Archie a normal life here as much as possible.
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