Speaking at the Invictus Games this week, held in The Hague, Netherlands, Prince Harry was only around six hours away from where he was born and raised in London. But, for today’s Harry, home isn’t there anymore – it’s in Montecito, California, an ocean away from Europe and where he’s built a life over the past two years with his wife Meghan and their children, Archie, almost three, and Lili, 10 months.
“Home for me is now, for now, in the United States,” he told Hoda Kotb of Todayjokingly, he was “sure” that his preference for his California lifestyle would “become a thing” across the pond, per page 6– however, writes the outlet, he “couldn’t deny the impact of his life with his two children, Archie and Lilibet.”
Despite global conflicts like the war in Ukraine, it’s in Montecito that Harry sometimes admits that he feels “massively at peace, but with everything that’s going on in the world…”
From California, where his wife Meghan was born and raised, “we were welcomed with open arms, and there is such a great community in Santa Barbara.”
That said, the father-of-two admits that not everything is perfect: “Working from home isn’t all it’s supposed to be,” he told Kotb. “Archie spends more time interrupting our Zoom calls than anyone else, but he also takes us out of it, so that’s helpful.”
As for the disappearance of his family in the UK? It was a bit of a shrewd dodge on the part of the Duke of Sussex, as he replied “especially in the last couple of years, for most people, haven’t they missed their families?… I mean, for me, right now, I’m here [at the Invictus Games] with these guys [the veterans] and their families,” he said.
Although tensions may be running high with some members of his family, Harry simply adores his grandmother the Queen, whom he and Meghan visited at Windsor Castle last week.
“We have a really special relationship,” he said of Her Majesty, saying he and Meghan joined her for tea and it was nice to catch up. “We talk about things she can’t talk about with anyone else.”
As for missing older brother Prince William, who was skiing out of the country during Harry’s visit, “it was pure coincidence,” a source said. We Weekly. “Harry is coming back soon and hopes to see William in person. They are trying to figure things out…Harry and Meghan had a wonderful time seeing the Queen again. It was one of the biggest highlights of their year so far.
And, as special as Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family are to Harry, his focus is now on California and his own family raising there.
“My kind of mantra now every day is I try to make the world a better place for my kids,” he shared, per Page Six.