People: Duchess Meghan & Harry want to spend this summer in Los Angeles

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reacts as they leave after her visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, in London on January 7, 2020

As I keep saying and as I continue to believe, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a plan. Meghan, especially, is a mega-planner. She seems exactly the type to not only create a mood board for “Royal Canadian Sussex Life,” but to also have folders labelled Canadian Sussex: Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and more. What am I saying is that I do not expect Meghan and Harry to simply stay in Vancouver Island at a rented or borrowed mansion forever. They will eventually buy a place in Canada, I believe, and perhaps even buy a place in LA. That’s what People Magazine says too:

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are making plans to spend more time in the Duchess of Sussex’s hometown of Los Angeles this summer.

“They love being in Canada, but they are looking at houses in L.A. too,” a person in their circle tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “They’ll likely have houses in both places.”

Meghan has a big support system in L.A., including her mother Doria Ragland and several friends who have been to visit the couple on Vancouver Island, where they have been staying with son Archie. Meghan was all smiles as she drove to Victoria International Airport on Jan. 16 to pick up friend Heather Dorak, a Pilates guru in L.A. Her former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer also paid a visit and went on a New Year’s Day hike with the couple. The Morning Show star Janina Gavankar was on hand to snap an adorable photo of Archie that appeared on the Duke and Duchess’ Christmas card. And they spent the holidays with Ragland on Vancouver Island. “She definitely gets a lot of her strength from her mother,” says a close friend.

The easygoing aesthetic of her hometown of L.A. is reflected in Vancouver Island. “They are enjoying living a quiet life,” an insider says. “They go for long walks, they do yoga, and Meghan cooks. They 
are real homebodies who love to chill out with Archie and the dogs.”

[From People]

“They go for long walks, they do yoga, and Meghan cooks…” Yeah, but that’s vacation life and both Harry and Meghan like to work. So while I imagine they are having some downtime (the lack of announcements and appearances backs that up), I just fundamentally believe that they are slowly plotting their next moves. I would absolutely love it if Meghan and Harry surprise everyone with a series of announcements next month: we’ve bought places in Toronto and LA, here’s our newly formed foundation, here are all of our new patronages in Canada and America, and by the way, we’re pregnant too. That’s the dream.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the US Open Tennis

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the US Open Tennis

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  1. Ravensdaughter says:

    Maybe they’ll buy a house in the city of Vancouver-it’s beautiful and the weather is typical Pacific NW-rain, but no snow and numbing cold like Toronto!

  2. Nina says:

    Would love that kind of announcement too!’n

  3. Abby says:

    Meghan is gorgeous.I have nothing else to say😂

  4. Silver Charm says:

    Was there ever any clarification on whether the can use their trademarks since QEII (or whomever) took their royal title?

    • Ainsley7 says:

      No clarification. It might still be being debated. I know they are still Royal till spring. So, we might not get clarification until then.

    • CHUMBOLLY says:

      They were not stripped of the titles, but I believe they can’t use the HRH? Not sure

  5. Golly Gee says:

    Speaking of friends, we never hear about her getting together with Priyanka. Is she still in the picture?
    Also, saying Vancouver Island is in any way like LA is a stretch. Laid back on Vancouver Island is not like laid back in LA. Think driving. Or population density. If anything, Vancouver would be slightly more comparable.

    • Keekee says:

      I think some of these friends are just PR friends you notice alot of celebrities have them on red carpets and other events ie Gwyneth and Beyonce, Rita Ora and Cara Delvigne, Posh Spice and Eva( they eventually grew close) etc I doubt she would really call Priyanka in the middle of the night with a real problem even Serena.

      • Rhos says:

        Strange, I thought that either both or one of them talked about their special bond and real girl power friendship. That picture of them going to see Hamilton show and having wine together on another occasion made it seem like they were very thick.

      • Abena Asantewaa says:

        Serena, says They call each orher often, and that Meghan is always ready to offer her a shoulder to cry on. She invited Serena to Harry’s polo match remember. Why will we have to know everyone who has visited them in Vanciuver? Why are people so interested in Meghan’s friends, and why do we think we know whats between Pyrianka and Meghan? Meghan was pregnant and has just returned from a 16 day Oceania tour, I don’t think it would have been advisable to go all the way to India for a wedding in her condition. I am sure Pyri understood, the media always wants to creat drama.

    • Blu says:

      IDK, Priyanka very quickly denied she met Archie, so could be either in my opinion

    • runcmc says:

      I believe their friendship changed a lot when Meghan didn’t go to Priyanka’s wedding. I don’t blame either of them – Meghan had security concerns (she probably could have made it work but it was complicated), and Priyanka is hurt because her friend missed one of the biggest days of her life.

      • Soupie says:

        Her pregnancy and the travel concerns are part of it, but I always felt that Priyanka’s wedding was pretty tacky considering how obviously fake it is. She’s so thirsty that it’s not a good look for Meghan to continue to be publicly close to her. Privately they might still be close but I rather doubt it.

  6. Rhos says:

    Why are we hearing about these “announcements?” They went away to have their private lives so why do we need to know where they are spending their summers? A visit to a charity I can understand, but this…

  7. Guest2.0 says:

    L.A. is TMZ and paparazzi heaven. Not sure if it’s wise to venture there for the long term if privacy is really what they’re after. It would be as bad as the British media.

    • MsIam says:

      It’s not the just the paps, it’s the royal reporters and their racist spin that is the issue. I doubt TMZ is going to be doing stories on nail polish protocol and one shoulder dresses or whether Meghan is walking 2 steps ahead of Harry instead of behind. They won’t be calling in body language experts to dissect the meaning of Meghan touching her stomach or holding Harry’s hand.

    • Blu says:

      Millions of Milkshakes!

    • morrigan01 says:

      LA isn’t pap heaven, (by that I mean those dudes taking pictures with long lenses and such), but TMZ *does* have a lot of sources around the LA Area. Whenever they pop up with a camera it’s usually because they got a tip off some someone that a celeb was somewhere.

      And yeah, TMZ isn’t going to be doing stories on Nail Polish and Avocados, and calling in body language experts. That isn’t them. What you *would* get is them putting a camera in their face trying to talk to them about something maybe going on in their lives at the time, or even if they have a comment on someone they are known to be friends with who is in the news for something.

      If they just have photographs, it’ll talk about the place they were photographed coming from and stuff. Harry and Meghan aren’t really nightclub people, so there won’t be any falling out of Delilah drunk or something. But they could be photographed coming out of a restaurant, or sporting event or something.

      Anyway, all this is why I can see them getting a summer home here, but it wouldn’t be their main base of residence IMO. That and security reasons.

  8. Becks1 says:

    Yeah, we are going to hear an announcement when they are ready to fully announce it. Its how they roll. I wouldn’t be surprised if they spend time in LA this spring/summer, but I don’t think they’ll buy a house there. At the most I think doria might move to a different/bigger house and they’ll have rooms there or something.

    • morrigan01 says:

      Now THAT I can see. Doria moving to a more private/gate house/community, with room for Harry and Meghan to stay there when visiting and over the summer.

      Because Doria isn’t leaving LA. And IMO Meghan is not moving anywhere further away from her mom again. In the grand scheme of things a 3 hour flight to LA is nothing compared to the 12+ one they had to deal with over the last 3 years. That also rules out them living on the East Coast of the US too (which is a 4 1/2 – 5 hour flight time).

      • Soupie says:

        My money is on Doria already having an L.A. hideaway for at least the past 18 months. She probably still likes her house and her neighbors but I doubt she lives there full time any longer. The security risk is too great.

  9. Sass says:

    Lol this is how you know they’re out of content: they’re repeating stories. It was said what, last week that they’re wanting to summer in LA.

  10. Busyann says:

    I kind of thought Meghan was pregnant during her visit to the Women’s Center last month.

  11. kerwood says:

    Don’t tell me that Meghan would like to spend time in her hometown, where her MOTHER and close friends live? Is there no end to this evil, BLACK woman’s treachery and machinations!? Who will rescue POOR HARRY from her dastardly clutches?

  12. Samanthalous says:

    I think this is the ultimate plan, to play themselves up to Hollywood. I think fashion is really the way to go for her with some endorsements. I don’t really know how interesting they would be to an American audience.

    • Lady D says:

      I don’t think so. I think if anything they will avoid the states as much as possible while Trump is in charge, and I really doubt they are going to buy a home there, although buying Doria a bigger home is a great idea.

  13. TheOriginalMia says:

    I actually don’t think they’ll buy 2 homes. I think California will be their primary residence due to citizenship issues. They can rent a place in Canada, like they are doing now, for vacations. As for security, I’ve said it before, there are private security firms they can hire for their protections. If Charles foots the bill for their security in the States, they’ll be fine.

  14. Harla says:

    From your lips to God’s ears Kaiser!!

  15. Awkward symphony says:

    I resisted the idea of them moving to US before the Queen’s decision to strip them of their titles but now I’m hoping it happens! The taxpayer nonsense wont happen as they both pay to IRS and Meghan especially paid taxes even whilst living in UK!
    I doubt they’d want to be near the paparazzi but if this happens it will infuriate NormalBill and the courtiers once they become a regular on daily American/global news😏

  16. Blairski says:

    LA is ground zero for the paps but we also have infrastructure set up for celebs who want to move around on the down low – gated communities, private entrances to restaurants and hotels, shops willing to close for private visits, and staff at all kinds of establishments who are experienced handling Really Famous People. I think that’s one reason why celebs spend time here. Also they can be around other celebs.

    Mark my words, though – if they come during “summer” it will be May, June or July, not August, September or October. Those three months are brutally hot, to the point where going out during the day is just scuttling from the car’s AC to the indoors AC, and it doesn’t always cool down at night. Think 85 degrees at 9 p.m.

  17. Andrea says:

    So odd . . . why not spend winters in LA and the rest of the year in Canada? Canadian winters can be brutal. I agree, Vancouver doesn’t get the snow / cold that the rest of Canada gets, but it’s grey. Depressingly grey. I’ll take snow and sunshine any day over grey.

    • morrigan01 says:

      Yeah, it’s winter time here in LA right now and the past few days have been freakin’ cold as hell. At least by LA standards. (Low 30sF at night). Not as brutal as Canada, but nowhere near 70 degrees F and up, which – when I was growing up – admittedly, it used to be. (I blame climate change).

      I think the reason it’ll be summers in LA is because of Archie. I just don’t see Meghan and Harry sending him to an American school. Not with the rampant level of school shootings that have been going on in the US lately, even in California. (And no way in hell does he go to some boarding school in the UK. Meghan will barely be back, no way she sends her kids there for months at a time). Never mind that Archie – and any other siblings – would likely end up in a private school, that doesn’t mean they’d be safe from guns. And given how white supremacist have been targeting both Meghan and Harry, and the outright disturbing things said about Archie online, that kid’s safety is likely their #1 priority. Best to send him to school where guns aren’t as plentiful.

  18. Jay says:

    I feel like they have plenty of time and options, and assuming they haven’t blown all of Meg’s earnings and Harry’s vast inheritance, there’s no need for either of them to be hawking Sussex branded ice cube trays or some such. I think they will both get huge book deals, and focus on high profile causes where they can use their talents/profile and donate any profits, just big enough and busy enough to keep the Cambridges forever on their toes. And hey, if they need an infusion of cash, Meghan can always threaten to bring back her lifestyle website and share some insights about what royal life is really like – I have no doubt this woman has receipts:)

  19. LindaS says:

    Just going to say my daughter tried to fly out of Vancouver to Maui the other day and they were stuck on plane for over 6 hours because of snow storm. They have had way more snow this winter than in Alberta where I live.

  20. Bonnehomme Carnaval says:

    Vancouver doesnt get true 2 feet for 6 months level East Coast snow even with climate change so it’s still better.

  21. Lisa says:

    Let’s get real.

    Vancouver gets snow for 2-3 days every 2-3 years. I’m literally sitting looking at the pouring rain outside here after the 1 day of snow we had, which consisted of about 1 cm of actual snow and 4 cm of slush. A few weeks ago we also had minor snow for 3 days. Last year we had minor snow, and the year before that, nothing. I know this because I’ve never even had to have purchased snow tires for my car (I have all-weather).

    When I lived in Toronto for 5 years, we had FEET of snow every year for at least a month and usually longer. One year we were snowed in for weeks, so much so that the armed forces were called out. And my Calgary cousins get massively snowed in every couple of years, with long periods of light snow every year.

    And Vancouver Island, in my hometown of Victoria? Forget it. Almost zippo.

  22. Silver Charm says:

    I forget the exact number but on Lainey’s podcast she mentioned security costing a couple million a year. Plus depending one how many residences they plan on having and how long they’ll stay at each, they could end up paying massive taxes in three different countries. That’s why I asked about their trademarks upthread; this can get real expensive real quick.

  23. runcmc says:

    Well to be fair, lots of celebs live in LA and hardly ever get papped…until they have something to promote. You can definitely live privately in LA if you want to.

  24. morrigan01 says:

    I live in LA. The paps her do NOT run wild thank you very much. What can sometimes happen is that a celeb will go to a place and the paps (usually TMZ) will get tipped off that the celeb is there and then show up with a camera.

    While I was in college, I worked in a Westwood restaurant for a summer. Famous people would come in regularly. Know how many paps showed up at the restaurant to take pictures? ZERO.

    Photographers aren’t hanging around Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Malibu, Baldwin Hills or any other places like that where people live. Those places are just regular, suburban neighborhoods you’d find anywhere – just with multimillion dollar homes the high up in those hills you get.

  25. Tiffany :) says:

    You can, but it is VERY expensive and takes a lot of effort. I’ve seen paps here do crazy, dangerous, illegal things to get a shot. Let’s not pretend that every time a celeb gets papped it’s because they welcome it.

  26. Tiffany :) says:

    I’ve seen paps climb trees in the parking lot at Whole Foods, waiting for stars to go to their cars. I’ve seen them race their cars into oncoming traffic to chase people. I’ve seen them storm my office building going to every floor searching for a C-list celebrity. They’ve made me feel unsafe MANY times, and I wasn’t there target.

    Some paps are more desperate than others, but they absolutely do run wild.

  27. Soupie says:

    I just don’t agree that they run wild. There are certain isolated places where they hang out and/or ambush but those are known places. They can be avoided. Morrigan is correct. LA native (still here).

  28. morrigan01 says:

    Yeah @Soupie, born and raised LA native, still living here. You *can* avoid the paps. Running wild makes it sound like they are in every single place in the LA Area, and the just aren’t.

  29. Yvette says:

    @Morrigan01, tell that to Halle Berry, who had a Pap climb onto her property and hide behind shrubs feet from Halle, her baby daughter, and her mother.

    I lived in L.A. for a decade. Truth really is that in L.A. or New York City or London (and other large ‘celebrity’ cities, some Paps be crazy enough to stalk celebrities. And we all know the Daily Fail and other anti-Megxit British media will send Paps to stalk the Sussexes. How do you think we keep getting all these ‘Meghan takes a walk with Archie and the dogs’ pictures.