Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will buy a new home in Los Angeles to manage their charity efforts and bring the Duchess of Sussex closer to her mother, claims royal expert Emily Andrews.
Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland are known to share a special bond, with the Los Angeles-based yoga instructor repeatedly traveling to Windsor to be close to her daughter and her family. Earlier this year, the Duchess of Sussex and husband Prince Harry announced that they would launch their personal charity organization after separation from the Royal Foundation that they helped manage with Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. Royal expert Emily Andrews suggested that the couple would like to use their newly found freedom to expand ties with US investors and try to buy a house in Los Angeles to help with their efforts – and to allow Doria more time with them and their son to spend.
Mrs. Andrews said to Yahoo’s The Royal Box: “This project with Oprah, although not the first Sussex Royal initiative, is a big push they are putting on the US market to try to attract donors for their new foundation.
“I think they will probably buy somewhere in America – of course Doria lives in Los Angeles.”
Mrs. Andrews continued: “We know that Doria and Meghan are very close, Doria has been a very special and intrinsic part of Archie’s life and it would make sense if they bought somewhere in LA.
“Somewhere where they could go for vacation, school holidays and Doria could stay too.”
Doria Ragland has a close relationship with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after joining the couple during one of their first solo outings after their wedding in May 2018 to launch the cookbook that helped the Duchess compile with survivors of the fire from the Grenfell tower.
Mrs. Ragland later traveled to the couple’s new house in Windsor prior to the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to help Meghan and Harry settle into parenthood.
She later returned to England to attend the baptism of her grandson in July 2019.
Mrs. Andrews was not the first commentator to suggest that the Duchess of Sussex wanted her mother and son to build a strong bond by often traveling to the US.
Speaking shortly after Archie’s birth in May, royal author Juliet Rieden said: “I am sure Doria will be a very practical grandmother, I am sure she will want to help a lot.
“Whether she is moving is another matter, she has her own life. She lives in America, she has a job so it’s not like she can suddenly throw everything in the air and it’s not like Meghan needs her.
“I am sure we will see Doria coming in much more. I am sure Archie will be going to America soon.
“This is normal in any other family that the baby is often brought to the grandparents and I am sure that will be the case with Archie.”
However, the youngest member of the royal family is expected to make his traveling debut while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make a tour through Africa in the fall.
Meghan and Archie are going to accompany Prince Harry to South Africa for a brief divorce while the duke visits charities in Angola, Botswana and Malawi.
Buckingham Palace does not yet have to confirm the dates of the tour, but the couple plans to fill their schedules with many engagements.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have long held Africa close to their hearts, with Harry previously calling the continent his “second home.”
Meghan has also visited Africa several times with Harry, including a romantic visit to Botswana in the early stages of their relationship.
This article originally appeared in express.co.uk.