On the prime of Netflix’s Harry & Meghan Episode 6, Prince Harry refers to “an incredible buddy who we’ve by no means met, however who believes in us and desires to assist.” The household are proven flying to Los Angeles on a jet on March 14, 2020, roughly when all the world shut down resulting from Covid-19. Who is that this wonderful stranger serving to the royals? Why, it’s Madea herself, Tyler Perry.
To this point on the sequence, just a few acquainted movie star faces have present up in interviews or information footage concerning the couple. In a single episode, Meghan Markle’s buddy Serena Williams is interviewed, in one other episode targeted on their marriage ceremony, we see images of the visitors who attended, together with Idris Elba, the Beckhams, and Oprah Winfrey. However maybe the one movie star buddy of the couple that makes the most important splash within the documentary is Perry, who’s depicted right here as a guardian angel of kinds, showing to them at a time of desperation after they wanted to seek out security and safety in America.
Simply earlier than their marriage ceremony in 2018, the documentary reveals that Perry, who had by no means met Harry or Meghan earlier than, despatched Meghan a letter after seeing information about Markle’s father promoting tales to the tabloids. “When my life modified and success began to return, members of the family turned completely different individuals and I understand how horrible it may be,” Perry explains. “I instantly empathized along with her.” Perry says in his letter, he instructed Markle he was praying for her, and to achieve out to him if she ever wanted something. In March, 2020, Meghan and Harry had solely simply introduced that they’d be stepping again from their roles as senior royals, and consequently, they have been reduce off from many of the royal household’s sources, together with funds and safety. Throughout this time, they have been residing on Vancouver Island in Canada, and the paparazzi had simply discovered the situation of their house, which meant they turned surrounded by undesirable photographers who threatened their privateness and security. It was then, Markle says, that she lastly took Perry up on his supply to assist them.
“Our location was uncovered, we knew our safety was being pulled, everybody on this planet knew the place we have been,” Markle says, so she referred to as Perry whereas residing on Vancouver Island, stating that she was a “wreck,” and the 2 had a deep dialog about Meghan’s fears about what what taking place to her and her household on account of leaving their royal positions behind. With Covid looming, Meghan and Harry knew they couldn’t keep of their Canada house, and that’s when Perry invited them to stay in his Beverly Hills house indefinitely. Markle says he instructed the household, “I’m going to get you there safely, and I’m going to maintain you there safely till you might have someplace to go.” The household stayed in Perry’s mansion for six weeks earlier than the Day by day Mail found their whereabouts and despatched their canines sniffing round for images, however they credit score Perry with giving them the reward of house and privateness at a time when then desperately wanted it.
Perry’s act of kindness clearly made an impression and created an enduring relationship with the couple; later in the identical episode, Perry reveals that his bond with the household has continued, and that he’s godfather to Harry and Meghan’s daughter, Lilibet. (He did skip Lilibet’s christening, although.)