Since moving to Los Angeles, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been trying to adjust to post-royal life. But friends say Harry is having a harder time adapting.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who are getting ready to celebrate their two-year anniversary May 19, are still getting used to life in Los Angeles after moving to the West Coast in late March. But while Markle has reportedly found solace returning to her roots (she was raised in L.A.), Harry is having a more difficult go at it.
The most brutal part of stepping down from his full-time royal duties in January was not being able to use his official military appointments, which the Queen bestowed upon him. According to Vanity Fair, this has been the toughest part for Harry post-royal life because the military is such an important part of who Harry is.
A source told the magazine that Harry has been feeling homesick in L.A. and that “he has a lot of friends in the military community in the U.K. and of course he misses them. This is a very strange time for us all, but I think Harry is missing having a structure to his life right now. He doesn’t have friends in L.A. like Meghan and he doesn’t have a job. So at the moment he’s a bit rudderless, but it won’t always be like this, and he knows that.”
One of the things keeping Harry occupied is his and Meghan’s charity Archewell, named after their son, Archie. Harry also finds comfort continuing to oversee the Invictus Games, a foundation which he created to empower service men and women living with life-changing injuries.
In fact, in a video posted on the Invictus Games Twitter account May 9 (what should have been the kickstart of this year’s event), Harry encouraged the Invictus family to check in on those “who have gone quiet or that are no longer visible on the chat sites.”
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are staying in Tyler Perry’s 8-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa perched on a hilltop overlooking 22 acres in the “ultra-exclusive” Beverly Ridge Estates until they find a more “suitable” home for their family. Harry may still be adjusting, but at least he’s doing it in style. That’s gotta help with the adjustment, right?