When you think about Meghan Markle, you probably think about royal weddings and Prince Harry. Or maybe you just think about reruns of Suits. Chances are the last thing you think about is Tyler Perry!
However, Tyler and Meghan are closer than ever after she moved her family to Los Angeles. What makes it interesting is that the two seemingly never had any kind of relationship before.
What could turn virtual strangers into bosom buddies? We’ve got the full breakdown on the relationship between Meghan Markle and Tyler Perry.
Tyler Perry let Meghan Markle move into his LA mansion
Let’s start with the obvious question. If Meghan Markle and Tyler Perry never had a relationship before, how do we know they have one now? Simple: Tyler Perry is letting Meghan, Harry, and their baby son Archie stay in his home.
This move is more significant than you might think. We’re not talking about letting her crash in a spare bedroom or a humble townhouse. Instead, they are kicking back in Tyler Perry’s $18 million Beverly Hills villa!
While it must have been hard to leave her royal home behind, it will be easy for Markle to stretch her legs across Perry’s 22-acre property. And with eight bedrooms, this mansion is big enough to host Markle’s mother. Maybe they’ll finally get a chance to connect in person?
Tenants or buddies?
While we know that Meghan Markle and her family are staying at Tyler Perry’s place, there is a lot we don’t know about the arrangement. For example, it’s not clear whether they are paying him some form of rent or he’s simply loaning them his awesome abode.
That could be an important factor because Meghan and Harry may not have access to as much money as they did when they were an active part of the royal family. If Perry is charging them rent for an $18 million dollar home, they may need to find a smaller place to stay very soon.
A place to stay during COVID-19
Whether he’s charging them or not, Tyler Perry exhibited great timing in giving the royal couple a place to live. That’s because even royalty isn’t immune from COVID-19.
Meghan and Harry were actually living in Canada before moving to Los Angeles. They were reportedly planning to spend more time in Canada, but COVID-19 necessitated moving to LA before Canada closed its borders.
They needed to find a good place to stay, and they needed one sooner rather than later. And that’s when Perry saved the day.
Is Tyler Perry roommates with Meghan and Harry?
Another obvious question you might have is where Tyler Perry is in all this. Did he just suddenly sign up to be a roommate to royalty?
As funny as that might be, the answer is “no.” Perry is currently away in Atlanta getting things started again with his production studio. Hopefully, that means more Perry movies in the near future.
In the meantime, while Tyler is away, Meghan and Harry will play.
Something Meghan Markle once said had a profound effect on Tyler Perry
What might convince Tyler Perry to invite the royal couple into his home? One possible reason is that he understands Markle’s state of mind.
In the 2019 documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Markle thanked journalist Tom Bradby for asking if she was okay because “no one ever asks me that.”
Apparently, Markle’s response had a profound affect on Tyler Perry. In a January 2020 interview with LEVEL, Perry said, “I felt her when she said that…. People toss it out. ‘How are you doing?’ But not many people really mean it. Or pay attention to the answer.”
Reading between the lines, it seems like Perry may have sensed someone suffering under all that fame and fortune. And this may be enough to bond him to her and offer her his home.
Did Meghan Markle and Tyler Perry meet in Hollywood?
Tyler Perry is a world-famous actor, writer, and director. And before making her royal dreams come true, Meghan Markle was an actress. So, you may be wondering if these two ever hung out back in her acting days.
The truth is that they did not. One reason for that may be that Markle did most of her work for Suits in Canada whereas much of Perry’s career has been focused in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite not having a previous relationship, Perry and Markle now seem to have a mutual respect.
Reportedly, Oprah arranged for Meghan and Harry to stay at Tyler Perry’s house
While an emotional bond is great, most new relationships start when one person introduces their friends together. And in this case, that one person was no less than Oprah Winfrey!
Oprah is friends with Meghan and Harry and close friends with Perry: in fact, she is a godmother to Perry’s son. And she’s getting closer to Prince Harry due to the fact that they are partnering on an Apple TV+ documentary series on mental health, set to release in 2020.
While Oprah hasn’t confirmed it, The Daily Mail reports that she arranged for Meghan and Harry to stay at Perry’s place and that Perry flew them in on his private jet. If true, it seems that Oprah is just as influential without her show as she ever was with it!
A fresh start for Meghan and Harry
At the end of the day, this whole thing seems like a story straight out of Tyler Perry’s mind. A dazzling royal couple leaves a land of castles and celebrity behind to start a new life in America.
We can only hope that America is an even happier “ever after” than England was. And thanks to Tyler Perry, Meghan Markle can now begin the next chapter in her life.