Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are thinking about making Africa their permanent residence. The couple are reportedly discussing their options, hoping to find a new home that will afford them the privacy they are severely lacking in Harry’s native UK. Let’s just hope the paparazzi haven’t renewed their passports.
A source close to the couple told US Weekly “After a miserable year in London, Harry and Meghan want to make Africa their home. The critics have made their lives ‘absolute hell’ and they’d get more privacy in Africa – they won’t be hounded by photographers around the clock.”
According to the source, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want to build their own home where their young son Arhice can grow up in nature and enjoy the privacy that Harry wasn’t afforded in his own childhood. “Harry wants to build a house in a secluded area so that Archie can grow up being surrounded by nature,” says the source. “And he wants to teach him to horse ride too.” Well, that he could do in the UK, but we get the idea. No paparazzi and media scrutiny means more opportunities to experience a ‘normal’ childhood.
Prince Harry spoke about the possibility of the couple relocating to Africa in the new documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, which aired earlier this week. Speaking with ITV host Tom Bradby, Harry said “I don’t know where we could live in Africa at the moment, we’ve just come from Cape Town. That would be an amazing place to be able to base ourselves. But with all the problems going on there … I don’t see how we’d be able to make as big a difference as we want to.”
During their recent tour through Africa, Harry and Meghan were welcomed by local groups and charities, with the insider adding that the couple has plans to continue directing much of their philanthropic efforts towards the continent. “Meghan feels like she can make a huge impact in Africa, helping others,” says the source.
It’s no surprise that Harry and Meghan are considering making a move, announcing on October 20 that they plan to take six weeks away from royal duties and split their downtime between the UK and US. The couple have been outspoken about the constant harassment of the British press, even launching a landmark lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday earlier this month. During their time in Africa, Meghan spoke with ITV’s Bradby about the pressure of living under a microscope. “Especially as a woman, it’s really … it’s a lot,” said Markle. “So, you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom and trying to be a newlywed … And also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”
Prince Harry also voiced his concerns over the safety of his wife and son, knowing firsthand the fatal effect life in the public eye can have. Speaking about his late mother Princess Diana, Harry told Bradby “I think being part of this family, in this role, in this job, every single time I see a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash, it takes me straight back. In that respect, it’s the worst reminder of her life instead of the best. Everything I do reminds me of her.”
— ITV News (@itvnews) October 17, 2019