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Meghan Markle with baby Archie on his first birthday

Meghan Markle with baby Archie on his first birthday

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Meghan Markle with baby Archie on his first birthday

They have left behind royal life as they knew it, swapping Britain for the sunnier climes of Los Angeles.

But former Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not quite slumming it, as they join the Hollywood elite in a reported $18m (€16.4m) Beverly Hills mansion owned by a friend of their confidante Oprah Winfrey.

The couple, who have been living in LA with baby Archie since leaving Canada shortly before coronavirus lockdown, are reported to be staying at the home of Tyler Perry, described in the US press as an "entertainment mogul", whose palatial home is in an area known to be "riddled with celebs".

Celebrity websites TMZ, MailOnline, and Page Six claim the couple are living at the eight-bed, 12-bathroom home while they search for a permanent house to buy in the area.

A spokesman for the couple declined to comment on reports for security reasons.

The couple have been photographed walking their dogs and delivering food, and have appeared on video calls in front of blank walls and plain furniture.

Mr Perry, who has numerous homes, has previously spoken of his sympathy for Meghan, saying of her predicament in the UK: "Remember when Meghan Markle did that interview? She said, 'Thanks for asking if I'm OK. Because no one ever asks me that.' I felt for her when she said that."

The reported house move would see the Duke and Duchess officially enter the exclusive world of Hollywood's A-list network.

The royal couple have already been taken under the wing of the Clooneys, who have criticised the press; Ellen DeGeneres, who has used her chat show and social media to defend them; and Elton John who loaned them his private jet. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent