Tyler Perry discusses why he offered Meghan and Harry his home

Tyler Perry has revealed why he offered up his $18 million Beverly Hills home to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to use as their personal residence after they quit the monarchy and moved to the US two years ago.

Back in 2020, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were saying goodbye to their royal duties and relocating to California, the couple, along with their then-one-year-old son, Archie, spent a few months living in Tyler’s Beverly Hills mansion – before they went on to purchase their own sprawling, $14.65 million estate in Montecito, California.

Now, the actor, comedian and producer, 53, has explained why he offered help to the couple, insisting that it was a ‘very difficult time for them’ and that he wanted to ‘support them’ in any way possible. 

The filmmaker added that he was inspired by Harry and Meghan’s love, telling the Today show, ‘What I know about the two of them – and I wish the world knew – how much these two people love each other. 

Tyler Perry has revealed why he offered up his home to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they left the monarchy and moved to the US two years ago

Tyler Perry has revealed why he offered up his home to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they left the monarchy and moved to the US two years ago

Back in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were saying goodbye to their royal duties and relocating to California. They are seen in 2019

Back in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were saying goodbye to their royal duties and relocating to California. They are seen in 2019

The couple, along with their then-one-year-old son, Archie, spent a few months living in Tyler's Beverly Hills mansion (pictured) - before they purchased their own $14 million estate

The couple, along with their then-one-year-old son, Archie, spent a few months living in Tyler's Beverly Hills mansion (pictured) - before they purchased their own $14 million estate

The couple, along with their then-one-year-old son, Archie, spent a few months living in Tyler’s Beverly Hills mansion (pictured) – before they purchased their own $14 million estate 

‘They found each other, out of all these odds against them finding each other, they found each other.

Now, the actor, comedian and producer, 53, has explained why he wanted to help the couple, admitting that it was a 'very difficult time for them'

Now, the actor, comedian and producer, 53, has explained why he wanted to help the couple, admitting that it was a ‘very difficult time for them’

‘The love they have is really, really moving and I wanted to do anything I could to support them.’

He added of Meghan and Harry’s relationship: ‘If I don’t have that, what she and Harry have, I don’t want it. That’s really amazing.’

During a recent interview with The Cut, Meghan, 41, spoke out about her bond with Tyler, explaining that he got in touch with her after she first wed Harry, 38, in 2018.

She explained that he told her that he was praying for her, and that he ‘understood’ the intense pressure she was under.

According to Meghan, Tyler also told her that if ever needed advice, she could reach out to him – so she did.

She soon began to open up to him about her struggles and the two grew close, despite them never even meeting in person.

‘Sometimes, you can tell your life story to a stranger on a plane as opposed to some of the people that are closest to you,’ she told The Cut.

According to the outlet, Tyler offering his home to the pair ‘became, in many ways, the reason that Meghan and Harry started their new life in Southern California.’

The eight bedroom Tuscan-style villa, which Tyler purchased in 2004 for $4.3 million, sits on 22 acres of land and comes with 24,000-square-feet of living space. 

The filmmaker added that he was inspired by Harry and Meghan's love, telling the Today show, 'The love they have is really, really moving and I wanted to do anything I could to support them'

The filmmaker added that he was inspired by Harry and Meghan’s love, telling the Today show, ‘The love they have is really, really moving and I wanted to do anything I could to support them’

He added of Meghan and Harry¿s relationship: 'If I don't have that, what she and Harry have, I don't want it. That's really amazing'

He added of Meghan and Harry¿s relationship: 'If I don't have that, what she and Harry have, I don't want it. That's really amazing'

He added of Meghan and Harry’s relationship: ‘If I don’t have that, what she and Harry have, I don’t want it. That’s really amazing’

During a recent interview with The Cut, Meghan, 41, spoke out about her bond with Tyler, explaining that he got in touch with her after she first wed Harry, 38, in 2018 (pictured)

During a recent interview with The Cut, Meghan, 41, spoke out about her bond with Tyler, explaining that he got in touch with her after she first wed Harry, 38, in 2018 (pictured)

And while it was certainly generous of Tyler – who has a reported net worth of $1 billion – to provide the royals with a place to stay, he was definitely not left with nowhere to go, thanks to the fact that he owns many other properties.

His impressive real estate portfolio includes a $100 million, 40,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion located in Atlanta, Georgia, and a log cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

He also owns a 25-acre private island and an adjacent seven-acre island in the Bahamas, where he had a villa and a series of bungalows built from scratch. 

After Meghan and Harry purchased their own house, a sprawling mansion in Montecito that is located just a stone’s throw from the home of another celebrity pal, Oprah, Tyler sent them a generous housewarming gift – a grand piano – with a note that read, ‘Write the soundtrack for your life.’ 

And when Meghan’s birthday rolled around last month, the Madea star shared a sweet tribute to her on Instagram.

‘I’ve had a front row seat in your life for the past few years. I’ve watched you endure things that would have broken a lot of people,’ he gushed.

She explained that he told her that he was praying for her, and that he 'understood' the intense pressure she was under - and the two soon grew close

She explained that he told her that he was praying for her, and that he 'understood' the intense pressure she was under - and the two soon grew close

She explained that he told her that he was praying for her, and that he ‘understood’ the intense pressure she was under – and the two soon grew close

According to the outlet, Tyler offering his home (seen) to the pair 'became, in many ways, the reason that Meghan and Harry started their new life in Southern California'

According to the outlet, Tyler offering his home (seen) to the pair ‘became, in many ways, the reason that Meghan and Harry started their new life in Southern California’

The eight bedroom Tuscan-style villa, which Tyler purchased in 2004 for $4.3 million, sits on 22 acres of land and comes with 24,000-square-feet of living space

The eight bedroom Tuscan-style villa, which Tyler purchased in 2004 for $4.3 million, sits on 22 acres of land and comes with 24,000-square-feet of living space 

It's likely that the Sussexes filmed their son Archie's now-famous first birthday story time video while living in Tyler's mansion

It's likely that the Sussexes filmed their son Archie's now-famous first birthday story time video while living in Tyler's mansion

It’s likely that the Sussexes filmed their son Archie’s now-famous first birthday story time video while living in Tyler’s mansion

‘I’m so incredibly proud to see how happy you, your husband, and your kids are now.’

The royal couple, who now share, a daughter Lilibet, one, in addition to Archie, now three, later spoke out about their decision to part ways with the monarchy on Oprah Winfrey’s show. 

They made a series of bombshell accusations, including that an unnamed royal raised ‘concerns and conversations’ about how dark Archie’s skin would be before he was born, and that Kate Middleton once made Meghan cry over a flower girl dress before her wedding to Harry. 

During the interview, Meghan also said she felt like she was ‘silenced’ by the royals, and that she was ‘given a very clear directive from the moment the world knew she and Harry were dating to always say, “No comment.”‘

‘I’ve always been outspoken, especially about women’s rights, and that’s the sad irony of the last four years – I’ve advocated for so long for women to use their voice,’ she continued.

She also said it felt like she wasn’t being ‘protected’ by them, while ‘other members of the family’ were.

‘It was only once we were married and everything started to really worsen that I came to understand that not only was I not being protected, but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family,’ she stated. ‘They weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband.’

Tyler’s latest comments about the couple come shortly after it was claimed that the late Queen was left ‘hurt and exhausted’ by Meghan and Harry’s decision to quit their royal duties – with a new book, The New Royals, suggesting that Her Majesty was also disappointed that she didn’t see more of her great-grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet. 

Tyler's impressive real estate portfolio also includes a $100 million, 40,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom mansion located in Atlanta (seen), and a log cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Tyler’s impressive real estate portfolio also includes a $100 million, 40,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom mansion located in Atlanta (seen), and a log cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

He also owns a 25-acre private island in the Bahamas, where he had a villa and a series of bungalows built. The kitchen of his Beverly Hills home when Meghan and Harry lived is seen

He also owns a 25-acre private island in the Bahamas, where he had a villa and a series of bungalows built. The kitchen of his Beverly Hills home when Meghan and Harry lived is seen 

The royal couple, who now share, a daughter Lilibet, one, in addition to Archie, now three, later spoke out about their decision to part ways with the monarchy on Oprah Winfrey's show

The royal couple, who now share, a daughter Lilibet, one, in addition to Archie, now three, later spoke out about their decision to part ways with the monarchy on Oprah Winfrey’s show 

They made a series of bombshell accusations, including that an unnamed royal raised 'concerns and conversations' about how dark Archie's skin would be before he was born

They made a series of bombshell accusations, including that an unnamed royal raised ‘concerns and conversations’ about how dark Archie’s skin would be before he was born

The tome – written by royal commentator Katie Nicholl – says a source close to Her late Majesty claimed she didn’t like to think about the Duke and Duchess’s decision to leave the family.

An extract of the book, which has been published in Vanity Fair, states that the Queen was also disappointed when Harry and Meghan didn’t return to the UK in August with Archie and Lilibet, where she was hosting an annual ‘sleepover’ in Sandringham with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The anonymous source told Nicholl: ‘[The Queen] was very hurt and told me, “I don’t know, I don’t care, and I don’t want to think about it anymore.”‘

Nicholl’s insider added it was of more regret to Her late Majesty that the Sussexes’ move meant she did not have the opportunity to see as much of Archie and Lilibet as much as she’d have liked.

Her late Majesty passed away at Balmoral Castle on 8 September at the age of 96, at which point her eldest son Charles automatically became King. 

In her book, Nicholl claims that Charles is keen to heal the rift between his youngest son Harry and the rest of the royal family – and the new monarch has already made a few small bridge-building moves in the short time that he has been on the throne. 

In his first televised address to the nation on 9 September, King Charles said: ‘I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.’

Some royal fans have claimed the mention of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was an ‘olive branch’ towards the couple, who happened to be visiting Europe when the Queen passed away.

King Charles also allowed Prince Harry, who served in Afghanistan, to wear his military uniform during a vigil last Saturday night along with the Queen’s other grandchildren, in which they guarded her coffin as it lay in state in Westminster Hall. 

Despite the fact he is no longer a working royal, King Charles granted his youngest son permission to don the military uniform so he could pay his respects to his grandmother. 

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