MEGHAN Markle always dreamt of living the "full-blown Hollywood lifestyle" and will be excited to "show off" her royal fame around town, a lifelong friend has claimed.
And Prince Harry has always been star struck over Hollywood – so it won't have been hard for her to persuade him, the former member of her inner circle said.
The friend's comments comes days after The Sun revealed the couple fled Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic and set up home close to Hollywood where they are currently in lockdown with ten-month-old Archie.
The source told The Sun: "This is the ideal result for her – she comes back to Hollywood with a prince to flaunt and getting to pick and choose who she wants to work and socialize with rather than the other way around.
"I think she always wanted to be back here, she always dreamed of the full-blown Hollywood lifestyle and this kind of clout. And I don't think it was even that hard to persuade him.
"Harry was wrapped around her finger even when she was just a USA actress. She then was able to extend her circle thanks to their relationship and bring names like Oprah and Serena Williams to their wedding.
"He was smitten and star struck over the whole thing. I don’t think she had to twist his arm to move to Hollywood."
The shock move to LA has been dubbed "Megxit 2" and has “stunned and horrified” members of the Royal Family.
They believed that Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, would consider returning to Britain to help the royal family on the national effort to battle to coronavirus outbreak.
The growing health crisis, has seen Prince Charles, 71, test positive for Covid-19 and The Queen, 93, and ailing Prince Philip, 98, put into self-isolation.
News of the bombshell move came last week as US entertainment giant Disney pushed ahead with the release of a charity film about elephants, for which Meghan provides the voiceover.
The deal is believed to have been done after Harry cornered the company’s boss Bob Iger at the premiere of The Lion King in London last year.
But the friend, who became estranged from Meghan several years ago, said she was not surprised the couple speeded up their move to LA instead of returning to the UK to join the royal family.
“They were never a consideration for her, it’s been obvious from the start,” the LA-based former pal said.
“Her relationship to that family was dependent on her freedom to have a ‘role’ that she felt was big enough for her.
“She wanted it her way, and she wanted it quickly – she was never going to change the timeline for them.
“These stories of security issues, border closure or taxes in Canada are a convenient cover to have them putting their plan into action."
“The timing has also worked out pretty well with the release of her first project,” she added, referring to the Disney+ documentary Elephant.
According to the confidante, Meghan will be “very pleased with herself” after persuading Prince Harry to move their lives to her hometown at such breakneck pace.
“Anyone who knows her knew this is where it was headed as soon as she saw she couldn’t have her own way in the UK,” the source said
“Everything is negotiable for her and the moment it’s not in her favor, she is just going to cut her losses.
“Now she is back home, near her mom, her friends and her PR team. She doesn't have to ask for permission from the royal family in how she chooses to live her life and she can acquire income in all sorts of fields.
“She is very pleased with herself, I’m sure. In just a couple of years she has made it back as a big fish to the place where she previously had barely made an impact as a working actress.
“She'll be happy to be back in the Soho House atmosphere, taking meetings and reunited with her avocado toasts and runs on the beach.
“But I imagine she will keep her circles ever more exclusive, hosting dinners at her house where she can have a controlled environment and enjoying that people will be wanting access to her life.
“In LA she can flaunt her trophy and her royal fame without any constraints of tradition. Her celebrity meter is quite high now and there is no better place for it than Hollywood, where narcissism is encouraged.
“She can make sure that the relationships she keeps are worthwhile for her.”
But she thinks the circumstances might work in Harry’s favor and, despite what some people think, he may well enjoy the new lifestyle.
“I think Harry will like the change of scenery and the kind of attention they will be getting,” said the source.
“It will also be easier on him than it was on her first husband. When she was with Trevor (Engelson), her hunger for fame was an issue.
“She wanted every opportunity for a red carpet, a magazine shoot, a photograph at an event. He had to deal with sharing her with that side of the job.
“But now that they are so high profile, at least for now, she won’t be needing to do all that. Harry won't have to deal with that.
“And with Archie being so young still, they will probably keep a tight family unit and try to be lowkey. There’s no sex appeal to sell, the play is now about the role of the mommy that can do it all, perhaps even be the bread winner."
She added: “Her mom will also bring some normality to their life, I would expect.”
The Sussexes left the £10.7million mansion they were borrowing in Vancouver and took a flight out of the city shortly before US President Donald Trump and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau closed the border between their countries.
They are due to step down as senior royals on Wednesday.
They are also set to announce their new brand and charity on Instagram, The Sun revealed.
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