Meghan Markle treated Tyler Perry like ‘a therapist’ after fleeing royal family

Tyler Perry is speaking out about his friendship with Meghan Markle.

The filmmaker recently sat down with Kelly Ripa for her podcast “Let’s Talk Off Camera.” The talk show host, who brought up the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their conversation, noted that the “Madea” star “basically rescued” the couple when they arrived in California.

Prince Harry and Markle stepped back as senior royals in 2020. At the time, they cited what they saw as the media’s racist treatment of the duchess, 42, and a lack of support from the palace.


Tyler Perry spoke about Meghan Markle’s struggles with royal life during an appearance on Kelly Ripa’s podcast, “Let’s Talk Off Camera.” (Getty Images)

Everybody thought Oprah introduced us, but Oprah didn’t even know that I reached out to them,” Perry clarified.

Perry revealed that he once shared the same publicist as the duchess.

“I sent them a note… and just said, ‘If you ever need anything, I’m here,’” the 54-year-old recalled. “And she called me months later and just talked to me like I was a therapist. And we just had a great conversation.”

Markle, an American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married the British prince, 39, in 2018.

Perry shared that while he didn’t know the couple at the time, he got the “tremendous sense” of how “overwhelmed” the former “Suits” star was at navigating royal life. He noted that at the time, her estranged father, former Hollywood lighting director Thomas Markle, kept speaking out to the press.

Prince Harry holds Meghan Markles hand as they walk down the stairs at Georges Chapel where they just got married at Windsor Castle

Meghan Markle, an American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Prince Harry in 2018. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

“Listen, I know what it’s like to have a father who’s not great,” said Perry. “So seeing some of the things he was doing, I felt she was very much isolated and alone. I couldn’t imagine leaving America – she had a really, really happy life – and to go into this world where everything is larger than life.”

Perry described how the mother of two was being heavily scrutinized by the U.K. press, noting, “I wanted to be a safe place” for the couple.


“It’s very important for people in this business to have a place to land, to have a place where they can trust and talk freely and get advice that’s not going to be biased or from somebody who wants something from them.”

Perry said that once the couple arrived in California, they “hid” at his Beverly Hills mansion “for a long time.”

Harry and Meghan at the Platinum Jubilee

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as senior royals in 2020. They moved to California that year. (Matt Dunham – WPA Pool)

“It was so great,” he gushed. “Every day that they were there, I looked to see if anything’s happening online – nothing. They don’t know. So weeks and weeks they were there.”

“They were so happy,” he reflected. “It was such a beautiful moment.”

Ripa, 53, asked Perry about being a godfather to the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Princess Lilibet, or “Little Lili.”

“She’s so adorable,” he said. “Oh, she’s so beautiful. She’s just so beautiful.”


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Germany

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are parents to Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. (Joshua Sammer/Getty Images for Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023)

“They make beautiful babies – that’s all I’ll say,” Perry continued. “They make some beautiful babies.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also parents to a 4-year-old son, Prince Archie.

A spokesperson for the couple didn’t immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Perry previously spoke out in the couple’s Netflix docuseries “Harry & Meghan,” which premiered in 2022. During that sit-down, Perry described how he received a phone call from the couple after Lilibet was born.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a series of black and white photos promotion for their show Harry & Meghan

Tyler Perry previously spoke out in the Netflix docuseries “Harry & Meghan.” (Netflix)

“They said, ‘Well, we’d like for you to be Lili’s godfather,'” Perry explained. “I go, ‘Whoa.’ I had to take a minute to take that in. And I thought, ‘I’d be honored. I’d absolutely be honored.'”

After Perry hung up, he thought about the couple’s request.


“I called them back and go, ‘Uh, hold on a second – does this mean we gotta go over [to the U.K.] and do all of that in church with [the royal family] and figure all that out? ‘Cause I don’t wanna do that,'” said Perry. “‘Maybe we can do a little private ceremony here [in the U.S.] and let that be that, and if you have to do it there, then that’s OK.'”

Meghan Markle wearing an ivory sweater speaking to a mic

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks onstage at The Archewell Foundation Parents’ Summit: Mental Wellness in the Digital Age at Hudson Yards on Oct. 10, 2023, in New York City. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Project Healthy Minds)

Lilibet was christened earlier this year in a small ceremony at the couple’s home in Montecito. According to People magazine, Perry was in attendance.

In 2022, Markle told The Cut that after the couple purchased a home in California, Perry gave them a grand piano as a housewarming gift. According to Markle, Perry told them to “write the soundtrack of your life.”

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