Tyler Perry reveals Harry and Meghan's 'love for each other' inspired him to let them stay at his home
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left their roles in the royal family and emigrated to the US in 2020, Tyler Perry offered them his $18 million Beverly Hills mansion for personal use.
Before buying their own $14.65 million home in Montecito, California, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lived briefly in Tyler's Beverly Hills mansion with their then one-year-old son, Archie, after announcing their intention to abandon their royal duties and move to California in 2020. The 53-year-old actor, comedian, and producer stressed that it had been a "very difficult time for them" and has now clarified why he helped the couple as he wanted to "support" them. The director also explained that Harry and Meghan's love inspired him, 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. They found each other, out of all these odds against them finding each other, they found each other. The love they have is really, really moving and I wanted to do anything I could to support them." He said 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."
Meghan, 41, recently spoke out about her relationship with Tyler in an interview with The Cut, revealing that Tyler initially contacted her when she first married Harry, 38, in 2018. She said that he had assured her that he was praying for her and that he "understood" the great stress she was under. Moreover, Tyler supposedly advised Meghan to get in touch with him if she ever needed help, which she duly did. Despite the fact that they had never even met in person, she quickly started to confide in him about her difficulties and the two became friends. “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.
In many respects, Meghan and Harry's decision to begin their new life in Southern California may be attributed to Tyler's offer of his house, The Cut suggests. Tyler paid $4.3 million for the 22-acre property with eight bedrooms and 24,000 square feet of living space in a Tuscan-style mansion in 2004. Tyler gave Meghan and Harry a magnificent housewarming present of a grand piano along with the remark, "Write the soundtrack for your life," when they bought their own home, a large estate in Montecito that is only a short distance from the residence of another famous friend, Oprah. The Madea star also sent a heartfelt tribute to Meghan on Instagram when her birthday came around last month. "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. I'm so incredibly proud to see how happy you, your husband, and your kids are now. It fills me with joy to say Happy Birthday Princess Meghan."