Tyler Perry wishes the world knew the deep love between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The director/actor/writer discussed the controversial couple — who he opened his home to when they first moved to California — on Wednesday Today With Hoda & Jenna. He spoke of the “support” he provided when they stepped down as senior members of the British Royal Family, allowing them to live in his Beverly Hills mansion for months and use his security detail in the spring of 2020.
“It was a very difficult time for them,” Perry said.
He continued: “What I know about those two, and I wish the world knew, [is] how much these two people love each other. They found each other out of all these odds before they would find each other. They found each other and the love they have is really, really moving and I wanted to do everything I could to support them.”
Perry said he looks at the couple as an example of what he would want in a relationship. (Perry and his longtime girlfriend Gelila Bekele, with whom he shares a son, broke up in 2020.)
“If I don’t have that, which she and Harry have, I don’t want it,” he said. “It’s true.”
The former To grab actress recently spoke of Perry befriending her shortly after she married Harry in 2018. Although they hadn’t met, he let her know that he was praying for her “and that he understood what this meant,” she said. the cut in August. “He could only imagine what it was like” for a biracial American to marry a British royal family. The billionaire media mogul urged her to reach out if she ever needed support.
In 2020 she did – after she and Harry abruptly left British and royal life. They had set up a temporary home, with son Archie (they now also have Lilibet), in Canada, but their whereabouts had been discovered by the media and they had no security, having renounced their royal role.
“Sometimes you can tell your life story to a stranger on a plane as opposed to some of the people closest to you,” Markle said of reaching out to Perry — who she still hadn’t met in person — for advice on their next. sets. The man behind the Made a franchise offered them his Beverly Hills mansion and security personnel as they plotted their next move. They lived there for several months before buying their $14.7 million Montecito, California, compound.
In Markle’s sitting room of her new home – which includes neighbors Oprah Winfrey (friend of Perry and the couple) – is a grand piano that Perry gave her as a housewarming gift, with the instruction: “Write the soundtrack for your life.” as it was noted in the cut interview.
Harry and Markle returned to the limelight in England this month following the death of Queen Elizabeth on September 8. Every move has been chronicled during the reunion with the royal family – amid their ongoing estrangement, which exploded after their 2021 bombshell interview with Winfrey – to mourn the long-reigning monarch who was buried Monday.
A royal insider told People magazine that William and Kate reunited with Harry and Meghan “was uncomfortable. Both couples found it difficult. They were in a stoic spirit just to get through it for the Queen.”