Tyler Perry let Harry and Meghan stay in his home and use his security when the royal family stripped theirs away

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, sat down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in California, where the couple is now living after leaving the U.K. The couple detailed why they decided to turn away from royal life — and revealed the friend who helped them move to California.

In early 2020, as the couple was first stepping back from their “senior” royal roles and aiming to become financially independent, Harry was told, “short notice, that security was going to be removed,” he told Oprah. He said their change of status, since they were “no longer working members of the royal family,” led to their security being pulled.

Harry and Meghan had first relocated to Canada, but their location in Vancouver was publicized by the tabloids. During the interview with Oprah, which aired on CBS Sunday night, Harry said as the coronavirus pandemic ramped up, he knew they had to move — fast.

“So suddenly it dawned on me, ‘Hang on, the borders could be closed, we’re going to have our security removed, who knows how long lockdown is going to be, the world knows where we are, it’s not safe, it’s not secure, we probably need to get out of here,” Harry continued.

Meghan said they didn’t have a plan, but then a friend invited them to stay at one of his homes. It was Tyler Perry to the rescue.

The actor, producer and director offered up a house in  Southern California where Meghan, Harry and their son, Archie, lived for three months with a security detail also provided by Perry. Perry’s generosity “gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do,” Meghan said.

His production company, Tyler Perry Studios was one of the first to resume production last summer, using strict safety protocols, after the coronavirus pandemic forced Hollywood to grind to a halt. Perry, 51, has also helped raise awareness for vaccinations, appearing in a BET special in January during which he received the shot himself.

Meghan and Harry are now living in their own house in the Santa Barbara area, not far from Oprah, who conducted the interview in the backyard of another nearby home. They have started their own nonprofit foundation, Archewell, and also signed deals with Spotify and Netflix for content creation through Archewell Audio and Archewell Productions.

During the candid interview, the couple also opened up about Meghan’s mental health struggles while living in the U.K., discussions in the palace about “how dark” their baby’s skin tone might be, and a rift between Harry and his father.

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Meghan and Harry are living in Tyler Perry’s $18 million hilltop mansion in Beverly Hills | Daily Mail Online

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been living in an ultra-luxury Beverly Hills hideout that belongs to Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry, DailyMailTV can exclusively reveal. 

The couple have never been seen in public with Perry – best known for his cross-dressing portrayal of feisty Madea in his series of hit films – but are believed to have met him through their mutual close friend Oprah Winfrey.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their one-year-old son Archie have called the $18 million mansion home since moving to LA at the end of March, sources said.

They had been staying at a waterfront home in Vancouver Island since announcing they were stepping down from their royal duties in January, but made a beeline for California after Canada announced it would be restricting its borders due to COVID-19.

The couple have been spotted only a handful of times since their move to LA, first volunteering for a local charity dropping off food to locals who are at a high risk of catching coronavirus, as well as taking their beloved dogs out for a walk. 

Fifty-year-old Perry’s eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa sits on 22 acres on the top of a hill in the ultra-exclusive Beverly Ridge Estates guard-gated community, offering sweeping views of the city from the backyard. 

It is not known whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are renting Tyler’s property or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been living in this ultra-luxury Beverly Hills hideout that belongs to Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry, DailyMailTV can exclusively reveal

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their one-year-old son Archie have called the $18 million mansion home since moving to LA at the end of March, sources said 

Fifty-year-old Perry’s eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa sits on 22 acres on the top of a hill in the ultra-exclusive Beverly Ridge Estates guard-gated community, offering sweeping views of the city from the backyard 

A source told DailyMailTV: ‘Meghan and Harry have been extremely cautious to keep their base in LA under wraps. They have been at this property for a month without anyone finding out’ 

The couple have been spotted only a handful of times since their move to Los Angeles, first volunteering for a local charity dropping off food to locals who are more at-risk of catching coronavirus (pictured), as well as taking their beloved dogs out for a walk

Both the Sussexes and Perry, who is worth $600 million, consider the legendary talk show host and businesswoman their Hollywood mentor.  

Oprah is even godson to Perry’s five-year-old son Aman, and was seen at the house Meghan and Harry are now staying at for the little boys’ christening party back in 2015. 

The Duke and Duchess are currently working on a documentary series with Oprah, while Perry has partnered with Oprah’s OWN television channel in the past.

A source told DailyMail.com: ‘Meghan and Harry have been extremely cautious to keep their base in LA under wraps. 

‘Their team helped them choose the location for their transition to Los Angeles wisely. 

‘Beverly Ridge has its own guarded gate and Tyler’s property has a gate of its own which is watched by their security team. 

‘Beverly Ridge is an excellent place to keep out of view. The neighbors are mostly old money and mega rich business types rather than show business gossips. 

‘It goes without saying that the location is stunning – just one of the most beautiful and desirable areas in LA.’

The couple have never been seen in public with Perry but are believed to have met him through their mutual close friend Oprah Winfrey 

Perry is best known for cross-dressing in the portrayal of the feisty character Madea (pictured) in a series of hit films. Perry made his fortune as a movie and TV actor, writer, director and producer and is thought to be worth $600 million, being named the richest man in entertainment by Forbes magazine in 2011

It is not known whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are renting Tyler’s property or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold

Top Hollywood real estate agent Rochelle Maize of the Nourmand & Associates agency told DailyMailTV: ‘Beverly Ridge Estates has just 14 homes but is very prestigious and chic. There are not many rentals on offer there because of the limited number of properties’

Beverly Ridge Estates is close to the Van Nuys private airport and some of the most desirable private schools on the Westside of Los Angeles

Top Hollywood real estate agent Rochelle Maize of the Nourmand & Associates agency told DailyMailTV: ‘Leases start at around $20,000 and can go up to $40,000 a month. It costs around $16 million to buy a property there’

Beverly Ridge Estates is close to the Van Nuys private airport and some of the most desirable private schools on the Westside of Los Angeles. 

Socialite Paris Hilton lived there for just under a year in 2004 after her former fiancé Paris Latsis bought her an 11,206 square foot mansion in December 2004. 

Other local celebrities who have owned homes in the community include ex-spouses David and Carlton Gebbia, who starred on reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and had a burlesque room in their $22 million Gothic-style mansion. 

It is also home to socialite Alexis Carson, the widow of popular talk show host Johnny Carson. 

Top Hollywood real estate agent Rochelle Maize of the Nourmand & Associates agency told DailyMail.com: ‘Beverly Ridge Estates has just 14 homes but is very prestigious and chic.

‘There are not many rentals on offer there because of the limited number of properties. 

‘Leases start at around $20,000 and can go up to $40,000 a month. It costs around $16 million to buy a property there.’

Perry expressed sympathy for Meghan earlier this year, referencing comments that she made to ITV news presenter Tom Bradby for a documentary shot in Africa,

Perry custom built the 24,000 square foot Beverly Hills mansion from scratch after buying the 22 acres of land it is on for $4.3 million in 2004. In June of 2015, he hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama at the stunning property. He posted an image of himself with Obama inside his house last year (right)

Both the Sussexes and Perry consider Oprah their Hollywood mentor. Oprah is even godson to Perry’s five-year-old son Aman, and was seen at the house Meghan and Harry are now staying at for his Christening party back in 2015 (pictured)

Before the move to LA, the royals had been staying at a waterfront home in Vancouver Island since announcing they were stepping down from their royal duties in January, but made a beeline for LA after Canada announced it would be restricting its borders due to COVID-19

Perry was even said to have showed the property to rapper Kanye West as a potential buyer while it was still being developed

Perry said: ‘Remember when Meghan Markle did that interview? She said ”Thanks for asking if I’m okay. Because no one ever asks me that.” 

‘I felt her when she said that. People toss it out. ”How are you doing?” But not many people really mean it. Or pay attention to the answer.’

Perry custom built the 24,000 square foot Beverly Hills mansion from scratch after buying the 22 acres of land it is on for $4.3 million in 2004. 

He was even said to have showed the property to rapper Kanye West as a potential buyer while it was still being developed. 

Perry made his fortune as a movie and TV actor, writer, director and producer and is thought to be worth $600 million. 

He was named the richest man in entertainment by Forbes magazine in 2011, and he earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October last year. 

The New Orleans-born actor mainly lives and works in Atlanta, where he runs film production company Tyler Perry Studios. 

Two weeks ago, he tipped staff at an Atlanta restaurant $21,000 while getting takeout. 

Perry’s home is where Meghan and Harry celebrated Archie’s first birthday on Wednesday, having a ‘smash cake’ and Zoom chats with friends and family, a source told People magazine. The couple shared a video of Meghan reading to Archie in a sweet video filmed last week and shared to the Save the Children Instagram account. Oprah, 66, is believed to have gifted little Archie a huge collection of children’s books, including the Duck! Rabbit! story the Duchess read in the video 

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family is set to be released worldwide online on August 11, with the hard copy on sale from August 20 and was released to pre-order over the weekend

Perry is also known for flipping properties and in 2018 sold a mansion in Mulholland Estates private community in Beverly Hills to Happy singer Pharrell Williams for $15.6 million. 

Perry’s home is where Meghan and Harry celebrated Archie’s first birthday on Wednesday, having a ‘smash cake’ and Zoom chats with friends and family, a source told People magazine.

The couple shared a video of Meghan reading to Archie in a sweet video filmed last week and shared to the Save the Children Instagram account.

Oprah, 66, is believed to have gifted little Archie a huge collection of children’s books, including the Duck! Rabbit! story the Duchess read in the video.

Meanwhile, it’s been revealed a biography about the couple is set to be released worldwide online on August 11, with the hard copy on sale from August 20.

The book has the full title Finding Freedom: Harry And Meghan And The Making of A Modern Royal Family, and will be published by Dey Street Books.

The publisher reportedly had briefings with people close to the couple and publication is likely to be serialised ahead of a full release.

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