The royal baby wait continues, but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have already been making post-birth plans. First, news emerged that the couple wants to launch a royal tour in Africa with their child, and perhaps even pay a visit to the U.S. and Canada. Now, sources are saying that they also want to look into buying a place in California so that their child has a connection to Markle's home state.
A source told The Sun that finding a place to spend time in Los Angeles is definitely on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's to-do list sometime in the future. “Meghan definitely wants a place in Los Angeles—she loves the city, the lifestyle and climate. Ultimately, she is a California girl and can breathe easier there," the source said. "Spending time there would also allow her some freedom and independence from both the palace and the press—and more control over her life and the people around her."
Plus, it helps that Markle's mother, Doria Ragland—who arrived in London to spend time with her daughter and future grandson not too long ago—still lives in California. The two have always been close, and speculation has existed for a while now that Markle and Prince Harry pay her secret visits.
“Meghan is very close to her mother and will want to be able to share quality time with her in her hometown," another source told The Sun. “She also has friends in L.A. with babies and will want to have that interaction and bring up her child in a less restrictive environment—similar to how she grew up.”
Markle has a close connection to the royal family—recently, the Queen hung out with her and Prince Harry at their home in Frogmore Cottage, and later in the week, Kate Middleton and Prince William stopped by. But it makes sense that she would be missing California and her close pals back in the States. We'll have to see what happens once this baby finally arrives.