In their interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex pointed out that – after being cut off by the Royal Family – it was US news biggie Tyler Perry who provided Harry and Meghan with a home and security in California in 2020.
About Tyler Perry
Now who is Tyler Perry and how did he succeed?
The 51-year-old is a filmmaker, comedian, actor, producer and screenwriter.
His movies and TV shows have made a name for him in America, especially among the African Americans.
Mr. Perry is probably best known for his films Madea, which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in as the lead actor, the elderly woman, with the help of elaborate prosthetics.
In 2015, he built a 330-hectare (134-ha) movie studio outside Atlanta, Georgia, which helped make the city a movie shooting spot.
Last year he became a billionaire, according to Forbes Magazine.
He made headlines a few months ago when he revealed that he was experiencing “mid-life difficulties”, announcing that he had broken up with his ex-girlfriend, and the mother of his only child, Gelila Bekele.
“I’m 51, single and wondering what the next chapter in my life will look like. Whatever it looks like I’m going to walk with God, be the best father and man I can be, hold my head up high, and try to look my best doing it!!” Mr Perry wrote in a post on his Instagram page.
“In a world with so much misery, please try to stay positive!”
Perry’s Help To Harry Meghan
Mr Perry has called for the couple to stay – reportedly to stay for free – at one of his Hollywood homes and use his safety when they move from Canada to Los Angeles in 2020, Duke and Duchess of Sussex told CBS two-hour US special Sunday.
The couple say they decided to leave after their house in Vancouver Island, in western Canada, became known to the general public.
“We didn’t have a plan,” Meghan says in the interview.
“We needed a house and he [Tyler Perry] offered his security as well, so it gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do.”
“The biggest worry when we were in Canada, to someone else, I was told, in a moment, that security would be removed,” Harry said.
“So suddenly it dawned on me: ‘Hang on a second, the borders could be closed, we’re going to have our security removed, who knows how long lockdown is going to be, the world knows where we are, it’s not safe, it’s not secure, we probably need to get out of here.'”
Harry and Meghan later decided to stay in California, buying a home in Montecito.