New Zealand governor shares details of possible Meghan and Harry move

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently living their best lives in Montecito, California with their children Archie and Lili, after moving to the US early last year.

It seems the family are enjoying their new lifestyle, complete with their own chicken coop in the back garden and open top bus tours with James Corden when they fancy, although there was a time they were considering calling another country home.

The Queen’s representative in New Zealand, governor general Patsy Reddy has recalled how Harry and Meghan discussed moving there during their 2018 visit, more than a year before they stepped down from senior royal duties and moved stateside.

“I remember they’d just been down to the Abel Tasman national park when we sat down and had a drink, and they said that they could imagine living in a place like this and wondered whether we thought it would be theoretically possible. Even possible for them to have a place in New Zealand," Reddy said, via The Guardian.

“Of course, we said sure. It would be fine. There are lots of opportunities to live in New Zealand, but that would be something that they’d have to explore,’” Reddy said.

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Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images

The duo visited NZ on a royal tour in October 2018, seven months before the arrival of son Archie, and according to the governor, they were thinking about where would be a good place to call home for their growing family.

“They were looking at how they might raise their family. And, obviously, they’ve made some decisions since," Reddy added.

It was an informal discussion, rather than a formal request for assistance, according to Reddy, who added Meghan and Harry seemed taken with the outdoorsy lifestyle and friendly atmosphere.

Of course, the duo eventually decided to settle in California, where Meghan was born and raised, via a stint in Canada. It's a place that offers them sunshine and plenty of opportunity to get outside.

Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool/Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Speaking on a podcast in May, Harry explained that living in California has afforded him more freedom when it comes to parenting.

"Living here [in Los Angeles] now I can actually lift my head and I feel different, my shoulders have dropped, so have [Meghan's], you can walk around feeling a little bit more free, I can take Archie on the back of my bicycle, I would never have had the chance to do that," he said.

It sounds like the Sussex family are exactly where they want to be right now, and who knows if we could be seeing them try out life in New Zealand in the future?

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