Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed how Tyler Perry stepped in to help them after they were left without security or a plan following their decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family.
The couple reflected on Perry’s generosity during their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired for the first time on Sunday.
While speaking with Winfrey about their subsequent move to Canada, and then to the United States, where they eventually settled down in California, the couple revealed that Perry, who has a net worth of $1bn, according to Forbes, offered them use of one of his homes and his security.
According to Prince Harry, Perry offered after he and Meghan learned while they were in Canada that their security was going to be removed, with the Duke of Sussex revealing that the decision was made by the royal family despite there being no change to the couple’s risk or threat, but because their status had changed.
“While we were in Canada, in someone else’s house, I then got told, short notice, that security was going to be removed,” he recalled, adding that, because of tabloids, his and his wife’s exact location was known. “So suddenly it dawned on me: ‘Hang on, the borders could be closed, we’re going to have our security removed, who knows how long lockdown is going to be, the world knows where we are, it’s not safe, it’s not secure, we probably need to get out of here.”
At that point, Meghan told Winfrey they didn’t have a plan and “needed a house” - at which point Perry stepped in.
“We didn’t have a plan and we needed a house and he offered security as well so it gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do,” Meghan told Winfrey of the couple’s first months in California.
On social media, the actor, producer and screenwriter’s generosity was met with praise, with many applauding Perry for offering to help the couple during their moment of vulnerability.
“Tyler Perry let them stay at his home and gave them security, he is a good man. He is always doing good things,” one person tweeted.
Another said: “The fact that Tyler Perry could provide Meghan and the literal Prince of England more security than the royal family is WILD #HarryandMeghanonOprah.”
A source previously told People that the couple, who stayed in Perry’s house for three months before relocating to a home in Santa Barbara, “have endless gratitude to him for helping them during a complicated time”.