March 26, 2020 / 4:18 PM / 7 days ago

Harry and Meghan move to Los Angeles, Britain's Sun newspaper says

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have left Canada and moved to Los Angeles, where they plan to make a permanent home after stepping back from their royal duties, Britain’s Sun newspaper reported on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive for the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

The Sun said the couple took a private flight to Los Angeles but did not say when. Last week, the United States and Canada agreed to close their border to non-essential travel to ease the strain on health systems caused by the coronavirus.

A spokeswoman for Prince Harry declined to comment on the report, which The Sun dubbed as an exclusive.

Harry and Meghan will cease their royal duties at the end of March as they carve out “a progressive new role,” mainly based in North America, which they aim to finance themselves.

They had been living for several months with their son Archie on Vancouver Island in Canada.

“This move was planned for some time. They realized Canada would not work out for various reasons and they want to be based in the Los Angeles area,” the Sun quoted an unidentified royal insider as saying.

Meghan Markle was raised in the Los Angeles area and her mother Doria still lives there.

People magazine, citing an unidentified source, said on Thursday the couple had already settled into a home in the Los Angeles area and had not ventured out. California imposed a state-wide stay at home order last week in a bid to contain the coronavirus.

The report was published the same day that Disney announced that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, had narrated a nature documentary that will be released on its Disney+ streaming platform on April 3.

It is the first job for the former “Suits” television series actress since she and Harry announced in January that they were stepping down from their royal duties.

The film, titled “Elephant,” follows the journey of a family of elephants across Africa. The film will raise money for the charity Elephants without Borders.

Reporting by William James in London and Jill Serjeant in Los Angeles; editing by Stephen Addison and Cynthia Osterman

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