Harry And Meghan Stuck At Home As Hollywood Life Stays On Hold
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle headed to California in search of a sunny and glamorous new life, they probably didn’t expect so much of their first year would be spent stuck at home.
The couple arrived in Los Angeles just before last March’s pandemic travel restrictions and quickly set about plans to forge a uniquely royal Hollywood power brand, courted by multiple major studios before inking a lucrative deal with Netflix.
However, any hopes of establishing a swift presence on Tinseltown’s red carpets have been placed on indefinite hold by a brutal winter Covid spike, which has kept tight restrictions in place across the Golden State some 12 months into their new life.
“It’s been lockdown, this is the first chance I’ve had to see LA,” Harry admitted to late-night talk show host James Corden, a fellow Brit, in an interview aired last week, as he gazed out at palm tree-lined streets from the roof of an open-top bus.
The metropolis was briefly their home, although their short stay at a Beverly Hills compound owned by entertainment tycoon Tyler Perry was not a happy one, the pair swiftly became embroiled in a legal battle with paparazzi over photos taken of their son Archie.
They relocated again in July to Montecito, a small and affluent seaside city 100 miles (160 kilometers) up the coast, where a spokesperson said they had “settled into the quiet privacy of their community.”
The area is home to a handful of showbiz stars including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Rob Lowe. But even to Hollywood A-listers, the couple’s day-to-day life remains shrouded in secrecy.
“He lives about a mile from me. He has been very reclusive,” Lowe said on Corden’s show in January. Seeing him in the neighborhood is like seeing the Loch Ness Monster.”
Los Angeles-based PR executive Eric Schiffer said it was unlikely “they’re spending much time with celebrities.”
“That’s not the normal hangout for celebrities, it’s Beverly Hills, and Bel Air, and Malibu and West Hollywood. Not Montecito.”