- As "Megxit" looms at the end of month, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal duties are drawing to a close, and rumor has it they might be swapping Vancouver Island, Canada for Malibu, California.
- Although they have been spending a lot of time in Canada, reality TV star and Malibu resident Caitlyn Jenner reportedly said she had heard the Sussexes were house-hunting in the area.
- Vancouver Island is beautiful, but Malibu is home to heaps of natural beauty and outdoor activities — plus it's closer to Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland.
- Here's why Malibu would be the ideal place for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to build a life as private citizens.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might be chilling between Canada and the UK for now as they wind down their final official royal duties before "Megxit," but there are rumblings that the pair might be putting the feelers out to ultimately settle in Malibu, California.
Since November 2019, the young family have been living part-time on Vancouver Island, Canada and were rumored to be staying there for the foreseeable future.
However, Markle is a California girl at heart, and as the Katy Perry song goes, supposedly nothing comes close to the golden coast. Former Olympian, reality TV star, and Malibu resident Caitlyn Jenner reportedly told a British panel show that she had heard the Sussexes were house-hunting in the area.
It would make sense in theory for Harry, Markle, and baby Archie to have a permanent home close to a trusted support network as Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, lives 40 minutes away from Malibu in Los Angeles.
There's also the seemingly endless sunshine, proximity to the buzz of Hollywood, and — despite the fact the region is home to drivers, not walkers — there's still the opportunity for the Sussexes to hike their hearts out.
Even though Vancouver Island is beautiful, there's a reason why hundreds of songs have been written about California and why so many famous people choose to make Malibu home.
Here's why it would be the ideal place for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to build a life in as private citizens.
Although the beach city of Malibu might not have the most exotic types of wildlife compared to Vancouver Island, the almost perma-sunshine more than makes up for it.
The locals are just as friendly, too.
They could be in good company in Malibu as celebrities like Halle Berry, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Courteney Cox apparently have homes there.
Sources: Daily Mail, Insider, Architectural Digest
There are beaches, then there are Malibu beaches. Zuma Beach is one of the most popular stretches of sand in LA County.
The natural beauty in Malibu is less rugged and a little more refined than the west coast of Canada, but Point Dume next to Zuma Beach has an element of dramatic scenery.
Malibu isn't short of jaw-dropping sunsets, either.
The sun sinking on El Matador Beach could be the perfect background for a romantic evening walk for Prince Harry and Markle.
Royal palaces aren't the only places with art and history. The impressive Getty Villa, which houses Grecian, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts, might be a family day out for Harry, Markle, and Archie.
Prince Harry has probably had a taste of grand driveways leading up to palaces all his life, but the iconic Pacific Coast Highway which winds through Malibu, and the scenic Mulholland Highway darting through the Santa Monica Mountains, are a lot more majestic.
Southern California is a renowned spot for successful vineyards, and with the Sussexes aiming to be financially independent, they could start their own Malibu winery to support their family.
A huge chunk of LA life seems to be spent exploring the Santa Monica Mountains, which reach through Malibu to downtown Los Angeles.
Part of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, Malibu Creek State Park is a hiking hotspot which the active family could visit.
Malibu Creek State Park also played a role as the outdoor set for tv show "M*A*S*H."
Solstice Canyon in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is another place to discover — you can almost peek at the Pacific Ocean in between the mounds.
Sadly, most of the abandoned Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, which was a set for old Hollywood films, got destroyed by a fire in 2018. However, a few empty buildings still remain and make for a interesting destination to hike to.
Escondido Falls in Malibu is just as beautiful as the waterfalls you'll find on the west coast of Canada, so there's no competition when it comes to natural wonder.
Prince Harry and Markle may have taken up surfing while on Vancouver Island, and if they moved to Malibu, they could show off their skills in one of the world's best places to catch a wave. It would probably be a lot warmer, too.
Even with the bright lights of LA a 40-minute drive away, Malibu gives off a relaxed smaller-town vibe while still having plenty of things to see and do.
The area has other special places to explore such as the Malibu Hindu Temple up in the Santa Monica Mountains, which is technically closer to Calabasas than Malibu.
And, as they're about to become private citizens, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could revel in the simple pleasures — like going out to a family dinner.
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