Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just made their first appearance as a couple since stepping back from their royal duties and moving to Canada. The couple was spotted Thursday (February 6) pretty far from their current Vancouver residence—in Miami, to be exact.
According to E! News, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended an exclusive J.P. Morgan event at the 1 Hotel in Miami’s South Beach on Thursday night. “They came in through a private entrance. They did their speech and left before dessert,” a source told E!. “She introduced him and he spoke.”
Page Six obtained details of Harry's speech, which reportedly addressed his mental health history. According to the report, Prince Harry opened up about seeing a therapist as he continues to cope with Princess Diana's death.
“Harry spoke about mental health and how he has been in therapy for the past three years to try to overcome the trauma of losing his mother," a source told the outlet. “He talked about how the events of his childhood affected him and that he has been talking to a mental health professional."
Harry also noted in the speech that he wants to "protect" baby Archie and Markle from the scrutiny that comes with being a royal. “While it has been very difficult on him and Meghan, he does not regret their decision to step down as senior royals because he wants to protect his family," the Page Six source added. "He does not want Meghan and their son Archie to go through what he did as a child.”
While royal watchers were surprised by Harry and Meghan's Miami outing, his speech's topic, mental health, has been a familiar one for the royal. In a 2017 interview with the Telegraph, Prince Harry admitted he had experienced emotional turmoil following his mother's untimely death. "I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well," he said at the time. "I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle."
Prince Harry added in the same interview that he had sought counseling "many times" to take care of his mental health. He's also used his platform within the royal family to advocate for mental health services, partnering with his brother, Prince William, and Kate Middleton to start the Heads Together foundation for mental health. When Markle joined the family, the foursome recorded voice-overs for a mental health PSA called "Every Mind Matters."
There aren’t any photos or videos of Prince Harry or Meghan Markle from the Miami event floating around. According to one source, “security was very tight,” so the two were able to pop in and out without much fuss.
This visit comes on the heels of rumors that Markle and Prince Harry are planning a move to Los Angeles for the summer. “They love being in Canada, but they are looking at houses in L.A. too,” a source told People. “They’ll likely have houses in both places.”
According to E! News, the couple have begun making some serious inquiries. “They have started to look at homes online and are in the process of interviewing security teams. They are getting their ducks in a row and seeing if it’s logistically possible,” a source said. “They’ve reached out to people in L.A. and would like to assemble a team of locals.”
In the meantime, the two are enjoying their new, quiet life in Canada. “They go for long walks, they do yoga, and Meghan cooks. They are real homebodies who love to chill out with Archie and the dogs,” a source told People. Markle, in particular, is keeping a low profile, mostly enjoying walks with her dogs.
That doesn’t mean a move to L.A. is all the couple has planned. Apparently they’re in the midst of launching a new charity organization as well. “It’s full throttle for them right now,” a friend told People. “They have a lot happening in 2020, and it will be really exciting to see.”
Originally Appeared on Glamour