Through thick and thin! Prince Harry‘s journey from life as a working member of the royal family in the U.K. to making a life with his family in Montecito was not an easy decision to make.
Luckily, Harry has made many famous friends throughout the years to help make the transition easier.
Harry’s popularity with celebrities started before his big move with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son Archie. The pair have been able to rely on friends such as George and Amal Clooney for some privacy following intense scrutiny from the public and negative press affecting the Suits alum.
Us Weekly exclusively confirmed that Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the weekend at the Clooney’s house in Lake Como in August 2018.
“The Clooneys had personally invited Meghan and Harry to their home at the beginning of the summer with an open invitation,” a source told Us. “George and Amal were so happy to host Meghan and Harry. Harry and George have a special bond and friendship.”
Following a difficult time trying to adjust to life in the royal family, the pair announced that they were stepping back from their duties as working members in January 2020. They briefly stayed in Vancouver, Canada, before relocating to California and leaning on friend Tyler Perry when their security was taken away from them following their official exit.
“We didn’t have a plan,” Meghan shared in their CBS tell-all interview in March 2021. “We needed a house and he [Tyler] offered his security as well, so it gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do.”
During the duo’s adjustment to their new life in California, they received plenty of support regarding their decision not to return to their senior roles at the palace.
Margot Robbie, for her part, said that Harry and his wife had “their reasons for moving” in February 2020.
“I have known Prince Harry for a while and he is a really great guy,” she told The Sun at the time. “I know as much as anybody what a big decision it is to move halfway across the world. I still miss London a lot,*** but I had my reasons for moving and they have their reasons for the decision.”
The Suicide Squad actress added, “It isn’t something taken lightly.“
More recently, Harry revealed during an appearance on Dax Shepard‘s “Armchair Expert” podcast in May 2021 that his life in Santa Barbara allows him and his growing family to walk “a little more free.” The royal shared that he even made friends with neighbor Orlando Bloom.
“English lads they gotta stick together!” Katy Perry teased to Access Hollywood that same month about her fiancé’s new friendship.
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