Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s told Oprah Winfrey during their CBS interview that they had temporarily stayed in billionaire movie mogul Tyler Perry’s Beverly Hills mansion when they arrived in the U.S after announcing they were quitting acting as senior royals.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took the step after their stay in Vancouver at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic last year, then when the British royal family learnt of their whereabouts and removed their security.
“Suddenly it dawned on me, ‘Hang on, the borders could be closed. The world knows where we are. It’s not safe, it’s not secure, we probably need to get out of here,’” Harry told Winfrey during the tell-all interview that aired Sunday night in the United States and Monday night in Britain.
Meghan also recalled that they didn’t have a plan while adding that the invitation from Tyler Perry “gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do.”
Perry, who officially joined the billionaires league last year purchased the massive, 22.5-acre lot back in 2004 for $4.3 million, then built a 24,545-square-foot estate in 2012. The “Madea” creator, director and producer has purchased properties in Wyoming, Atlanta and New York in addition to LA.
Sometime in 2007, Tyler Perry took rapper Kanye West round the home when the Yeezy CEO was considering paying for the property but later decided against it.
Perry who’s widely known for helping people in need allowed Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie stayed at the home that is located in the upscale Beverly Hills Post Office, part of Beverly Ridge Estates for three months until they drew up a plan for themselves, not forgetting that they had security too courtesy of the actor.
The home consists of eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms with a gate and is currently valued at an estimated $43 million, according to the listing. More features to enjoy in the estate include both mountain and city views, a tennis court and a pool.
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Harry and Meghan purchased a Santa Barbara home of their own for $14.5 million in the prestigious Montecito neighbourhood in August.