JANUARY 13, 2020
Meghan Markle has the full support of her mother Doria Ragland as she and Prince Harry quit as senior royals, while a friend of Markle’s exclusively reveals to DailyMail.com that she has no ‘intention’ of ever returning to the UK to live.
Last Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped the bombshell news that they were quitting, dividing their time between North America and the UK and would work to become financially independent, catching the royal family and the rest of the world off guard.
But Meghan has the backing of her Los Angeles-based 63-year-old mother, who ‘was really worried about Meghan… and is relieved that her daughter is putting her mental health and well being first,’ the insider said.
Meghan, 38, herself admitted to struggling after the birth of Archie, as the friend explained Meghan was ‘miserable in the UK’ and ‘wasn’t sleeping well and started having anxiety attacks about her future.’
Now across the pond and last spotted in Canada, the friend said of Meghan: ‘This was her plan all along, to eventually leave the UK and build her own empire with Harry.’
Meghan admitted to struggling with media scrutiny in an ITV interview that aired in October, saying: ‘Not many people have asked if I’m okay… It’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.’
She added: ‘Look, any woman especially when they are pregnant you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn – you know…’
When asked if things had been a struggle for her, a visibility upset Meghan replies: ‘Yes.’
The friend added: ‘Doria is very much about being true to oneself and so of course she will continue to encourage Meghan to take the road less traveled.’
Ragland was seen walking her two dogs on Thursday afternoon, pictured chatting on her phone as she clutched her dogs’ leashes. At another point during the day, the former social worker and yoga instructor was spotted jumping into her SUV and driving off.
Her outing came the same day Meghan flew back to Canada where she had left eight-month-old Archie with his nanny, leaving Harry to deal with the fallout from their royal family crisis.
Harry is said to be set to follow Meghan later this week with no clue of when he will be returning.
Meghan was reportedly spotted at the Sidney Pier in British Columbia on Friday before heading to Victoria International airport, which confirmed it had ‘VIP arrival’, according to the Vancouver Sun.
Meghan’s friend revealed that she has no ‘intention’ to return to the UK to live permanently, saying: ‘She doesn’t want to raise Archie there and she doesn’t want to schlep back and forth. She’ll make extended visits but that’s it.
‘They are looking for a permanent residence in Canada. She said she wants a country house in Whistler outside of Vancouver and a home in Toronto.’
The insider added: ‘What Meghan wants, Meghan gets. This was her plan all along, to eventually leave the UK and build her own empire with Harry.
‘Meghan wants to make millions and this was never going to happen if she didn’t make a drastic change with Harry. She wants to be up there with [Jeff] Bezos and [Warren] Buffet.
‘Some of her friends thought she would eventually divorce Prince Harry and marry a billionaire. She always talked about marrying a billionaire before she met Harry.
‘Now she doesn’t have to because together they will make their own billion dollar empire. This is what she has wanted all along.’
And as far as the rest of the Royal family is concerned, Meghan feels the good she and Harry can create with their own fortune, far outweighs any hurt feelings.
The friend added: ‘Meghan says their announcement was not a surprise to the royal family, they knew all along.’
On Monday morning, a grim-faced Prince Philip was seen driving away from Sandringham, as he leaves it to his wife Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince William to broker an exit deal with the Sussexes.
Hours later, the Queen said the royals had ‘very constructive discussions’ and it was agreed that Prince Harry and Meghan will split their time between the UK and Canada.
It was reported over the weekend that Meghan had told Harry she must step away from the royal family, partly blaming William and telling Harry over Christmas: ‘It’s not working for me’, according to the Times.
But on Monday, Harry and William denied there is a rift between them in a joint statement.
It read in part: ‘Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge.
‘For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful’.
The Queen – who was left ‘deeply hurt’ by her grandson’s decision to release the statement without her knowledge – made clear to courtiers she wanted the problem sorted ‘within days’ to prevent further damage to the monarchy.
Her Majesty is said to want guarantees that Harry and Meghan’s business empire built around their Sussex title doesn’t damage the royal family.
The monarch was under pressure to find a way forward because the Sussexes could give a tell-all interview to their friend Oprah Winfrey and ‘sound off’ about the royal family’s ‘racism and sexism’ if they do not get their way at Sandringham, palace aides fear.
The couple are said to see their long-term future in the United States – but not while President Trump is President – with friends claiming while the couple plan to live in Canada at first their ultimate aim is to have a home and business in Los Angeles.