This week, Tyler Perry stopped by Today and reflected on why he offered up his house and security to Meghan and Harry amid their relocation to the U.S. and step back from the royal family in 2020.
“It was a difficult time for them,” he said to Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. “What I know about the two of them, that I wish the world knew, is how much they love. These two people love each other. Out of all these odds against them finding each other, they found each other. The love they have is really, really moving, and I just wanted to do anything I could to support them.”
Then, he went on to say, “If I don’t have that ― what she and Harry have ― I don’t want it.”
His testament to their love is a far cry from what we heard about the couple over the last couple weeks as they attended the Queen’s funeral and surrounding events – and even long before that. Since reports emerged of her and Harry dating, British tabloids hounded Meghan, levying racist attacks against her. More recently, though, over the course of the Queen’s funeral, she was vilified in the press for everything from her and Harry holding hands to the fact she was even there in the first place. This sentiment was shared by social media users who had the hashtag #GoHomeMeghanMarkle trending as soon as she and Harry landed.
While the couple didn’t get the support they would have liked from most Brits or the Royal Family, there is something to be said about Tyler Perry’s desire to support them through the difficult year of 2020. It’s indicative of a larger support system that the couple can count on within the celebrity network. And it makes sense that they have that to depend on. So many celebrities can empathize with the nuances of dealing with the paparazzi, navigating the complexities of being in a very high-profile relationship and being betrayed by family members trying to sell everything from stories to interviews to books. Adding in the layer of marrying into a British royal family? That is certainly a new level of intensity. I think that’s why there were a lot of Black celebrities to step in and throw their support behind the couple. They knew what she was going through, they knew the history and felt it was their responsibility to show up for her.
Against the backdrop of massive changes being made within the monarchy as King Charles steps into his reign, Harry and Meghan also find themselves at a pivotal point – one in which they solidify their identities, less as royal figures and more as celebrities. What lies ahead for them as they continue to make names for themselves as philanthropists?
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