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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘stayed in £1,500 a night tent during early romantic getaway’ – Sky News

Details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s early relationship have been revealed in a new book.

The latest extracts from Finding Freedom, published in The Times, claim the couple were “immediately obsessed with each other” after their first date – while a romantic getaway to Botswana was just their third date.

Harry and Meghan stayed in a $1,957 (£1,500) a night tent while in the African country, and soon afterwards they decided to form a relationship, according to authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.

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Early days of their relationship saw the pair flying back and forth between Canada and the UK

Three months into their relationship is when the couple are said to have professed the words “I love you”, with Harry saying them first and Meghan responding immediately afterwards.

An extract about their first date says: “Despite the palpable attraction between them, there was no goodbye kiss, no expectation, just a hint that something was there and they hoped to see each other again soon.

“No one expected what happened next.

“‘Almost immediately they were almost obsessed with each other,’ a friend said. ‘It was as if Harry was in a trance.’

“Meghan called one of her girlfriends. ‘Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?’ she asked.”

Harry apparently planned the Botswana trip as a surprise for Meghan, telling her only to arrive at London and that he would sort the rest.



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The couple flew to Johannesburg together and later got on a two hour private flight to Maun International Airport.

The duo stayed in the luxury tent in Okavango Delta, a 5,800 square mile wetland in Botswana’s safari country.

The book adds: “A friend said: ‘She came back smiling and just completely spellbound.’

“Her phone was full of photos – the nature they had seen, candid snaps of herself, and selfies with Harry.

“According to the friend, if Meghan didn’t have to return to Canada for work and Harry to his life in London, ‘they would have happily spent the entire summer there together’.

“Meghan said that she and Harry talked so much, about things she rarely shared with anyone.

“‘I’ve never felt that safe,’ Meghan told her friend, ‘that close to someone in such a short amount of time.'”



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The couple managed to continue their whirlwind romance quietly for six months – flying back and forth secretly between London and Toronto before their relationship was leaked to the tabloids.

“For Meghan, she was all in,” the book says.

“Nothing could get her to slow down, not even a friend who cautioned her about getting involved with Harry. ‘They hate royal wives and girlfriends. They will come after you,’ he said. ‘Look at Diana.'”

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The duo announced they were engaged in 2017 – a year after confirming their relationship

The couple confirmed their romance in November 2016 and a year later were engaged.

They then married in 2018 before Meghan, who was given the title of the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to their son Archie in May 2019.

In March this year, the couple announced they were stepping down from royal duty and relocated to Los Angeles.

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The couple have been married since 2018

The book, which a spokesman for the couple said they were not involved in, details the couple’s relationship and the strains they allegedly faced as working royals.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom,” said a spokesman.

Buckingham ­Palace  has declined  to  comment.

Finding Freedom is due to be published in August and is being serialised in The Times and The Sunday Times.

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Prince Harry and Meghan ‘did not contribute’ to new book about their time in royal family – NBC News

LONDON — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have distanced themselves from a new book about their time in Britain’s royal family.

Due to be published in August, “Finding Freedom” describes a culture of increasing tension between the couple and other members of the royal family, including Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Authored by royal reporters Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, the book is being serialized by London-based newspapers, The Times and The Sunday Times.

The authors write that the Sussexes felt their complaints were not taken seriously and believed other royal households were leaking stories about them to the press.

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“As their popularity had grown, so did Harry and Meghan’s difficulty in understanding why so few inside the palace were looking out for their interests. They were a major draw for the royal family,” they add.

However, a spokesman for the couple said in a statement late Friday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “were not interviewed and did not contribute to ‘Finding Freedom.’”

He added: “This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”

Harry and Meghan, a former actress, married in May 2018 in a wedding heralded at the time as infusing a blast of Hollywood glamour and modernity into the monarchy, and which helped to make them one of the world’s biggest celebrity couples.

Earlier this year, however, the couple stunned the nation by announcing they would “step back as senior members of the Royal Family,” with plans to split their time between North America and the U.K.

Although their January announcement was a surprise, it was no secret that the couple felt the strain of the constant barrage of media attention and endless negative headlines.

Even so, the couple’s struggles with the media have followed them across the Atlantic. In May, Meghan lost the first round of her legal battle against a British tabloid newspaper over the publication of extracts of a handwritten “private and confidential” letter she wrote to her father.

Last Thursday, the couple filed an invasion of privacy suit against unnamed paparazzi, accusing photographers of taking drastic measures to get images of the couple and their son Archie at their California home.

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Prince Harry and Meghan sue over paparazzi photos of Archie – CBS News

Prince Harry and Meghan moved out of the U.K. earlier this year and ended up in California by way of Canada. While they aimed to “focus on the next chapter,” stepping away from their “senior” royal roles and working to become financially independent, the couple has still had to deal with the paparazzi.

Now, Prince Harry and Meghan are suing unspecified defendants for violating their privacy. 

The lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court on Thursday, says the couple announced their intention to move to North America to escape “the incessant UK tabloid fabrications.” It says the Daily Mail publicized their location after they moved to Canada, and again when they moved to Los Angeles.

“Within hours, paparazzi set up hundreds of yards away on the ridgetop overlooking the residence, hoping to capture photographs of the family,” the suit says. Harry and Meghan were “forced” to put up a mesh fence to block photos, but it wasn’t enough. “Some paparazzi and media outlets have flown drones a mere 20 feet above the house, as often as three times a day, to obtain photographs of the couple and their young son in their private residence (some of which have been sold and published),” according to the suit.

It says others have flown helicopters over the L.A. property’s backyard. 

“The family has tried to ignore these physical and constructive trespasses as best they can and go about their daily routine in these unique times,” it says. “But the Plaintiffs recently learned that certain paparazzi and their enablers have crossed a red line for any parent.”

The couple claims in the suit they learned someone is trying to sell photographs of their 14-month-old son, Archie, “falsely claiming to have taken them on a ‘recent’ public outing ‘in Malibu.'” 

“But Archie has not been in public, let alone in Malibu, since the family arrived here,” the suit continues. “It is clear from a description of the photographs being shopped that they were taken of activities in the backyard of the residence, unbeknownst to the [couple].”

“The fact that the images at issue remain in the possession of an unknown adult, having already been shown and shared to hundreds if not thousands of potential buyers, is disgusting and wrong,” the suit reads.

Harry and Meghan have “the desire and responsibility of any parent to do what is necessary to protect their children from this manufactured feeding frenzy,” the suit reads.

The couple has named the defendants as “John Does” since they don’t know who took the photographs and who is trying to sell them. They are seeking the “right to take discovery to uncover the identity of those who took the photographs and those who are seeking to profit by selling them.”

In a statement obtained by CBS News, the couple’s lawyer, Michael Kump of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP, said “every individual and family member in California is guaranteed by law the right to privacy in their home.”

“No drones, helicopters or telephoto lenses can take away that right,” Kump said. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers, and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions.” 

This is not the first time the couple has taken legal action. Last year, Meghan sued the publisher of the British tabloid, Mail on Sunday, claiming it illegally published a private letter she sent to her estranged father.

The royal couple accused the tabloid and its parent company, Associated Newspapers, of misusing private information, infringement of copyright and breach of a U.K. data protection act brought into force in 2018, according to an official statement. The publisher also owns the Daily Mail newspaper and MailOnline.

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Harry and Meghan sign with speaking agency that reps Obamas – Los Angeles Times

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are settling into life in Los Angeles, have signed on with the New York-based Harry Walker Agency for speaking engagements, according to a person familiar with their plans.

The couple, whose professional interests and every move have been scrutinized, will be engaging in moderated discussions and keynote speeches with trade associations, corporations and community forums, said the person, who declined to be identified.

They will focus on social issues such as racial justice (which the former Meghan Markle recently addressed with students from her L.A. alma mater), gender equity and environmental concerns. They will also speak on mental health; Prince Harry has shared his own struggles with grief and has championed emotional health initiatives and organizations in recent years.

The appointment of Harry Walker, tasked with fielding and sourcing speaking opportunities, heralds the couple’s return to public platforms as they seek to promote their philanthropic foundation Archewell. Fans and critics alike have been waiting to see how the couple will deploy their significant cultural capital and which causes they will support since stepping back from front-line royal duties in the U.K.

Since leaving the U.K, the couple’s appearances have largely been in private. Prince Harry spoke at a private JP Morgan event in Miami — where he reportedly discussed mental health — and both he and his wife have participated in video calls with charities they support. As the coronavirus health crisis moves into a new phase, with the reopening of many aspects of public life, the couple could now return to speaking on stages.

But don’t expect them to be spilling the beans on the inner workings of Harry’s family; there are no plans to accept any speaking engagements about the royal life they have left behind.

By choosing the Harry Walker Agency to represent them, they join an A list of Hollywood entertainers as well as some of the world’s most sought-after Democratic politicos: Michelle and Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton and rising party star Stacey Abrams.

It’s a high-profile signing for Harry Walker, which was acquired by last year by Endeavor, the parent company of WME.

The speaking agency also represents other close connections of the couple, including Oprah Winfrey and Jane Goodall.

Speaking can be extremely lucrative and the proceeds from Harry and Meghan’s bookings will be part of their move to become financially independent from the British royal family. President Obama reportedly earned $400,000 for one 2017 speech, while the Clintons averaged $250,000 per appearance in 2014. It is unclear what speaking fees will be for the Duke and Duchess, who will speak both together or individually.

Harry and Meghan took their first steps into Los Angeles life in April, when they were spied volunteering — delivering meals to vulnerable West Hollywood residents confined to home by the coronavirus shutdown. Their roles as senior royals in the U.K. ended in March, and they’ve made their California home in a 22-acre Beverly Hills property owned by filmmaker Tyler Perry, according to reports.

On Tuesday they visited the nonprofit Homeboy Industries, helping out in its bakery’s kitchen. Aimed at helping gang members ease out of that life for the last 32 years, Homeboy has been largely shut down during the pandemic and faces a $1-million shortfall. The organization’s tattoo removal service and cafe temporarily closed, but its bakery and electronics recycling service are running.

The organization shared photos of the hair-netted and masked royal couple as they prepared food for its #FeedHOPE program, which employs Homeboy participants to provide meals to food-insecure seniors and youth across Los Angeles amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The couple gave up use of the title “royal highness” and will no longer receive public funds for their work, Buckingham Palace announced in January, as part of their withdrawal from royal life and duties.

The two had originally planned to launch a new venture under the name Sussex Royal but, after negotiating their exit, they had to abandon that name and the associated — and hugely popular — Instagram account. More recently they have named their foundation Archewell.

Earlier this month, the former actress shared her sadness over racial divisions in the U.S., telling graduates at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles that she felt moved to speak out after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Markle, who has an African American mother and a white father, said she had been reminded of the 1992 L.A. protests that arose in the wake of the acquittal of police officers after their beating of Rodney G. King.

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Meghan and Harry were whisked away by Tyler Perry on his $150M private plane – Daily Mail

Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry personally sent his massive $150 million private jet to whisk Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Los Angeles in a top secret, early morning enterprise, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.

The hush-hush operation allowed the secrecy-obsessed royals to leave their temporary home on Canada‘s Vancouver Island and to avoid any wait at customs once they arrived in California.

‘It was a well-planned operation that appears to have worked perfectly,’ one insider said.

As DailyMail.com exclusively revealed on Thursday, Harry and Meghan are living in Perry’s $18 million mansion in ultra-tony Beverly Ridge Estates just outside Beverly Hills.

But the question has remained — until now — how did they get from Canada to southern California without being spotted?

Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry personally sent his massive private jet to whisk Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Los Angeles in a top secret, early morning enterprise, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively. Pictured: Meghan and Harry deplaning an aircraft back in February 

The hush-hush operation allowed the secrecy-obsessed royals to leave their temporary home on Canada’s Vancouver Island and to avoid any wait at customs once they arrived in California. Pictured: Perry’s $150M private plane

The details of the flight are hidden on the website OpenSky which gives all times in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) which is four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time and seven hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time. The OpenSky page details the route taken by Tyler Perry’s jet on March 14 (pictured). However there is an error that says it landed at tiny Duncan Airport in Canada when really it only passed over it

Pictured: Flight path showing how Perry’s plane flew from Atlanta to Canada to pick up Meghan and Harry then to Portland and finally to LA 

As DailyMail.com exclusively revealed on Thursday, Harry and Meghan are living in Perry’s $18 million mansion in ultra-tony Beverly Ridge Estates just outside Beverly Hills (pictured) 

DailyMail.com has learned Perry’s $150 million jet left its base outside Atlanta at 1:35am on Saturday, March 14 on its way to pick up Harry, Meghan and one-year-old baby Archie.

It is not known whether the Madea star was himself on the Embraer-E190, a ‘stretch’ version of a plane mainly flown by JetBlue Airlines in the United States.

The plane landed at a corporate airport in Portland, Oregon, five hours later at 3:39am West Coast time, staying for a little over an hour before flying on to Victoria International Airport, just minutes from the waterfront home in North Saanich where they had been living since fleeing England.

The plane then took off from Victoria with the former royals on board at 7:35am for the quick hop back to Portland’s Hillsboro Airport.

Then it was on to Hollywood Burbank airport, previously named Bob Hope,  where they landed at 10:01am. They could speed through that celebrity-filled airport having already gone through Customs and immigration in Portland.

The details of the flight are hidden on the website OpenSky which gives all times in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) which is four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time and seven hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time.

Clocks had gone forward the previous weekend.

Perry bought the Embraer in 2017 and houses it at McCollum Field, a municipally owned airport in Cobb County just outside Atlanta. The Hollywood star was given a $1.8 million tax break to keep it there under a top-secret plan known as ‘Project Meatloaf.’

DailyMail.com has learned that Perry’s $150 million jet left its base outside Atlanta at 1:35am on Saturday, March 14 on its way to pick up Harry, Meghan and one-year-old baby Archie. Pictured: Perry pictured on a private plane 

It is not known whether the Madea star was himself on the Embraer-E190, a ‘stretch’ version of a plane mainly flown by JetBlue Airlines in the United States. Pictured: A concept photo of the interior of Perry’s Embraer Lineage 1000

Perry bought the Embraer in 2017 (pictured) and houses it at McCollum Field, a municipally owned airport in Cobb County just outside Atlanta. The Hollywood star was given a $1.8 million tax break to keep it there under a top-secret plan known as ‘Project Meatloaf

Rather than being registered directly to Perry, it is owned by a holding company known as ETPC Aviation.

The plane, with a top speed of 541 mph, is large enough to carry up to 124 people in coach class.

‘It’s a beast,’ said one aircraft insider. ‘Why anybody would want a private plane of this size is beyond me.’

The move from Canada — part of the Commonwealth which is headed by Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth — to the United States came a couple of weeks before the couple officially transitioned out of their royal roles and just a week before Canada started to restrict border crossings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple have never been seen in public with Perry — best known for his cross-dressing portrayal of feisty Madea in his series of hit films — but are believed to have met him through their mutual close friend Oprah Winfrey.

They have been spotted only a handful of times since their move to LA, first volunteering for a local charity dropping off food to locals who are at a high risk of catching coronavirus, and when out taking their beloved dogs for walks.

The couple have never been seen in public with Perry but are believed to have met him through their mutual close friend Oprah Winfrey 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their one-year-old son Archie have called the $18 million mansion home since moving to LA at the end of March, sources said 

Both the Sussexes and Perry consider Oprah their Hollywood mentor. Oprah is even godson to Perry’s five-year-old son Aman, and was seen at the house Meghan and Harry are now staying at for his Christening party back in 2015 (pictured)

Fifty-year-old Perry’s eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa sits on 22 acres on the top of a hill in the guard-gated community and offers sweeping views of the city from the backyard.

It is not known whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are renting Perry’s property or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold.

Both the Sussexes and Perry, who is worth $600 million, consider legendary talk show host and businesswoman Oprah their Hollywood mentor.

She is godmother to Perry’s five-year-old son Aman, and was seen at the house Meghan and Harry are now staying at for the little boy’s christening party back in 2015.

The Duke and Duchess are currently working on a documentary series with Oprah, while Perry has partnered with Oprah’s OWN television channel in the past.

A source told DailyMail.com: ‘Meghan and Harry have been extremely cautious to keep their base in LA under wraps.

‘Their team helped them choose the location for their transition to Los Angeles wisely.

‘Beverly Ridge has its own guarded gate and Tyler’s property has a gate of its own which is watched by their security team.

Fifty-year-old Perry’s eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa sits on 22 acres on the top of a hill in the ultra-exclusive Beverly Ridge Estates guard-gated community, offering sweeping views of the city from the backyard 

It is not known whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are renting Tyler’s property or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold

A source told DailyMailTV: ‘Meghan and Harry have been extremely cautious to keep their base in LA under wraps. They have been at this property for a month without anyone finding out’ 

‘Beverly Ridge is an excellent place to keep out of view. The neighbors are mostly old money and mega rich business types rather than show business gossips.

‘It goes without saying that the location is stunning — just one of the most beautiful and desirable areas in LA.’

Beverly Ridge Estates is close to the Van Nuys private airport and some of the most desirable private schools on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Socialite Paris Hilton lived there for just under a year in 2004 after her former fiancé Paris Latsis bought her an 11,206 square foot mansion in December 2004.

Other local celebrities who have owned homes in the community include ex-spouses David and Carlton Gebbia, who starred on reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and had a burlesque room in their $22 million Gothic-style mansion.

It is also home to socialite Alexis Carson, the widow of popular talk show host Johnny Carson.

Top Hollywood real estate agent Rochelle Maize of the Nourmand & Associates agency told DailyMail.com: ‘Beverly Ridge Estates has just 14 homes but is very prestigious and chic.

‘There are not many rentals on offer there because of the limited number of properties.

‘Leases start at around $20,000 and can go up to $40,000 a month. It costs around $16 million to buy a property there.’

Perry expressed sympathy for Meghan earlier this year, referencing comments that she made to ITV news presenter Tom Bradby for a documentary shot in Africa,

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