Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, chose to leave the royal bubble behind in search of a “more peaceful life” with their son Archie Harrison. But despite having relocated to Los Angeles, the couple have been thrust back into the spotlight in recent weeks as Meghan’s court case against Associated Newspapers continues and after excerpts from a new book about their royal exit have been published.
Meghan Markle will celebrate her 39th birthday on August 4 and a royal expert has claimed the Duchess may seek to spend the milestone with her close friend US TV legend Oprah Winfrey, 66.
Meghan and Harry have been based at a multi-million-pound mansion in a gated community in LA since March and may opt for a change of scenery during “a very stressful time.”
Royal expert and author Katie Nicholl suggested Meghan and Harry might choose to escape LA with a road trip and could be joined by Oprah for the ride.
Meghan is in the midst of a court case against Mail on Sunday publishers Associated Newspapers who she is suing for publishing a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, shortly after her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
Ms Nicholl said it’s been a “really intensive time” for Meghan and Harry who have been thrust back into the limelight.
She said: “It’s been a very stressful time for Meghan, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if she does actually decide to just go on a road trip and have a change of scenery.”
She added: “I mean, they’ve been at the house that they’re renting ever since early March now.
“They really haven’t been out much at all.”
Ms Nicholl claimed the couple might “need a change of scenery” after months of self-isolating at their rented LA mansion.
She said: “They haven’t seen their friends. They very much been in self-isolation and on lockdown, and it wouldn’t surprise me if she just actually needs a change of scenery.”
Ms Nicholl told ET “it’s not been an easy ride” for Meghan and Harry of late and suggested they could take a road trip with Oprah for some “time out.”
The expert added: “There have been court cases, now this explosive book which has really seen them come under fire — so, yeah, I would say the best thing is probably to get away for a couple of days if they can, and apparently that is what she’s thinking of doing, taking a road trip, possibly with Oprah and just getting some time out.”
While Ms Nicholl admitted Meghan’s road trip with Oprah was “pure speculation”, the two women have been friends for years.
Oprah attended Meghan and Harry’s wedding in the UK in 2018 and is understood to have given their son Archie a library full of books following his birth.
While it’s not clear if Oprah will join Meghan on her birthday, Ms Nicholl said a road trip seems likely.
She explained: “I think if they’re going to go anywhere, it likely will be a road trip.”
She added: “They’re not travelling. They’re not coming over to the U.K. for this Summit as planned.
“They don’t want to travel, so if they’re going to go and get away a bit, it will be a road trip.”
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Meghan and Harry were understood to have accepted an invitation from the Queen to stay with her at Balmoral this summer.
The Queen and Prince Philip are due to leave Windsor Castle and travel to Balmoral this weekend but it is unlikely they will receive visitors while there.
Meghan and Harry are highly unlikely to leave the USA until international travel is less high risk.