Meghan Markle says recent move to US was ‘devastating’

Meghan Markle has said it‘s “good to be home” following her return to the States.

And in her latest on-screen appearance, an in-depth 25-minute interview, she revealed it felt good to use her voice “in a way that I haven’t been able to of late”.

In July, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into a luxury family home in the star-studded Santa Barbara after packing up and leaving the UK and the royal family for good.

Speaking at The 19th Represents Summit via videochat, the former actress said she had learned to love being back in the USA.

She told interviewer, The 19th’s co-founder and CEO, Emily Ramshaw her return initially felt “just devastating”.

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She said: “To come back and see the state of affairs at the onset if I‘m honest it was just devastating.

“It was just so sad to see where [America] was in that moment.”

The actress was referring to the weeks of turmoil and rising racial tensions following the killing of several black Americans by white police officers shortly before the family moved.

But she continued following peaceful protests and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, it was “good to see people owning their role” and understanding the part they play ”either actively or passively in the discrimination of other people, specifically the black community”.

Meghan added her original despair shifted to “absolute inspiration” as the tide turned.

Throughout the chat, covering the media, female empowerment and race, the actress also said it was good to use her voice “in a way that I haven’t been able to of late”.

The Sussexes are believed to have taken out a massive $13m mortgage on their lavish nine bedroom, 16 bathroom estate which is their new home in the States.

The couple are reportedly calling the swanky Californian pad their “sanctuary”.

A source close to Meghan and Harry says: “They realised they needed a big home with a lot of space for Archie because they can rarely leave the house due to their fame, they are still quite nervous about going out and about.

“They have been worried about Archie as he‘s been inside so much during lockdown and not interacting with other children, but everyone has reassured them that they’re doing a great job.

“Meghan wanted somewhere with a spectacular garden and the house has a giant pool and pond for them to enjoy. They say this new house is their ‘sanctuary’.”

And Meg, a self-professed “California girl,” is said to have been hankering to get back to her home town.

She previously said on her website: “I was born and raised in Los Angeles, a California girl who lives by the ethos that most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach, or a few avocados.”

Watch Meghan’s appearance at The 19th Represents Summit below:

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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