Ever since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left their royal roles and moved to Southern California more than two years ago, Tyler Perry has served as their guardian angel. When the borders were about to close between the U.S. and Canada, Perry’s private jet reportedly whisked them away to Los Angeles. When they needed a place to stay during the coronavirus lockdown while they were looking for their own home, Perry offered up his L.A. mansion, which was empty because he was still working in Atlanta, along with his security team. On Friday, Perry opened up for the first time about how close he and Meghan have grown, sharing some kind words alongside a photo of Meghan on a visit to a nonprofit during her 2019 tour of South Africa.
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“I’ve had a front row seat in your life for the past few years,” he said on his Instagram account. “I’ve watched you endure things that would have broken a lot of people. I’m so incredibly proud to see how happy you, your husband, and your kids are now. It fills me with joy to say Happy Birthday Princess Meghan.”
In their March 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple opened up about how Perry’s support helped them through a turbulent time. “We needed a house and he offered security as well,” Meghan said. “So it gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we are going to do.” Perry also made an appearance on the couple’s Archwell Audio holiday special podcast, where he described his experience feeding hungry families over Thanksgiving in Atlanta.
Though Meghan and Harry reportedly celebrated her birthday privately alongside children Archie and Lili Mountbatten-Windsor, she did get a few public birthday messages from other members of the royal family. Kate Middleton and Prince William said, “Wishing a happy birthday to the Duchess of Sussex!” Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also wished her a happy birthday, adding a balloon emoji at the end of their message.
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