Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had plan to move to US, claims family source

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had a lot to say and do since they notoriously left the royals and became California residents last year.

A rep for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry confirmed that the couple purchased a home in Santa Barbara in July 2020.

"They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbours, as well as them as a family," a spokesperson said.

Since the explosive move, the ex-royals have been full steam ahead working 'independently', pushing forward with their Netflix projects and separate book deals.

Despite the seemingly surprising announcement that they were stepping back from Royal duties in March last year, a source close to the Markle family said it might have been part of a "bigger plan" all along.

The family insider said: "Meghan should have known what it was like marrying into the royal family.

"I don't know if this was all part of the bigger plan of things they talked about between them, but for Meghan to cause all the big waves in the royal family just to go back to a Hollywood career and break hundreds of years of traditions is unprecedented."

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The family source further claimed Harry was in on Markle's "plan" to return to America.

"I don't feel for Harry. I think he's a part of it, too. They have to know what they're doing," the insider said.

The source concluded that the couple's 'passion projects' are "100% hypocritical" and that the Duke and Duchess were "doing more things to gain publicity."

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"Meghan's comments about suicide and mental health issues do not relate to the ordinary people who have those struggles," the family insider said.

"People are out here starving, some people have just lost everything they've worked so hard for in life because of COVID-19.

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"Don't tell me you're supposed to sympathize with the ones who really have issues when you have multi-million dollar problems. It's laughable."

Meghan Markle was an actress before she became the Duchess of Sussex and is originally from Los Angeles – Harry claims his wife's home state offers their two children opportunities he wasn't afforded as a young member of the Royal Family.

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