How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Celebrating Their Anniversary

Carolyn Durand
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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

From Oprah Magazine

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to Los Angeles in March.

  • Below, a look inside Harry and Meghan's new, post-royals life in Los Angeles.

Just two years ago, Prince Harry and Meghan’s fairytale wedding captivated the public as the world watched them exchange vows inside St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. As they wound their way in a horse drawn carriage through the streets, adoring fans eagerly cheered them on for the historic moment. Today, the couple who wished for a more quiet life away from the pomp and circumstance is celebrating at home—and far more privately.

On their second wedding anniversary, the Duke and Duchess are “spending the day quietly as a family," a source tells OprahMag.com. The Sussexes are now living in Los Angeles in lockdown with baby Archie.

Still, despite the quarantine the couple has remained busy gearing up to launch their new non profit, Archewell, a tribute to their son’s name. The Sussexes “hope to create something seriously impactful, something modern and relevant to a new generation that doesn't repeat what other people are already doing, and can also stand the test of time,” a source close to the couple shared.

Now, the couple is firmly focused on their future, and have been having conversations and holding meetings to plan out their next chapter. The Duke and Duchess plan to continue their work on mental health and conservation initiatives, which remain important to them. Harry has also been “very engaged” on his mental health series with Oprah, set to launch on AppleTV+.

“They are getting counsel from some of the most incredible people around the world,” a friend of the Sussexes shared.

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

And it's not just Oprah who had rallied around them. OprahMag.com has learned that the couple has been spending time with singer Adele, who lives nearby their current Los Angeles home. The Grammy winner has been incredibly supportive as the duo navigates their new life on the West Coast, given that she understands the challenges of raising a child in paparazzi-obsessed L.A.

In fact, Adele has even provided guidance and support to Harry and Meghan, including details about her young son’s schooling and how she shields her own family. While Harry has known Adele for years, Meghan bonded with the British songstress when they both rallied around the community after the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy for an event at the Hubb Community kitchen, where Meghan’s Cookbook Together was created.

Adele is part of a tight-knit network of friends who have welcomed Prince Harry and Meghan to L.A. Other friends include James Corden and his wife Julia Carey, Idris Elba, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, Elton John and David Furnish, George and Amal Clooney, and music executive David Foster and his wife, Katharine McPhee, who is an old classmate of Meghan's. The duchess also has nearby friends from her days growing up and working in L.A., including actress Janina Gavankar and her Suits cast mate Abigail Spencer. With her mom Doria nearby, with whom they spent Mother’s Day, the couple feels truly supported.

“There are a lot of people out there who genuinely want them to succeed and want to help them. At the moment, they’re getting a lot of great support from friends they’ve made over the years that are proving to be very very generous with their time and advice."

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In addition to building a new circle in Los Angeles, the couple has also been hard at work on their philanthropic efforts. Over Easter weekend, they were captured quietly volunteering delivering food with Project Angel Food to the needy and most vulnerable, and Harry spoke with his WellChild charity while Meghan offered words of encouragement to a woman seeking to get back to work via her charity, Smart Works Patronage. Last week, the couple jointly made a surprise Zoom appearance supporting a crisis text line service for people struggling with their mental health.

Earlier this year, Meghan provided the narration for a Disney documentary about elephants. It's unclear whether she will continue to do voiceover work. But as the past few months have shown, the couple's future is limitless—and they're the ones deciding what comes next.


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