The Duke and Duchess of Sussex thought-about shifting to New Zealand earlier than they settled on shifting to the US, the Queen’s consultant within the nation has mentioned.
Prince Harry and Meghan mentioned the transfer throughout a go to in 2018, greater than a 12 months earlier than they stepped again from royal duties and moved to the US, governor-general Dame Patsy Reddy mentioned.
The couple visited New Zealand on the finish of a 16-day royal tour of the South Pacific in 2018, lower than six months after they married.
“I keep in mind they’d simply been all the way down to the Abel Tasman Nationwide Park once we sat down and had a drink, and so they mentioned that they might think about residing in a spot like this and puzzled whether or not we thought it could be theoretically doable. Even doable for them to have a spot in New Zealand,” Dame Patsy mentioned.
“In fact, we mentioned, ‘Positive. It might be nice’. There are many alternatives to reside in New Zealand, however that will be one thing that they’d must discover.
“They have been taking a look at how they may increase their household. And clearly they’ve made some selections since.”
Dame Patsy mentioned the couple appeared impressed with the entry to the outside and their interactions with New Zealanders.
Throughout an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this 12 months, during which Meghan made explosive claims that there were “concerns” raised about her baby boy Archie’s skin colour earlier than he was born, the pair mentioned they’d provided to take a step again from royal life in a Commonwealth nation corresponding to South Africa or New Zealand.
Dame Patsy mentioned she had watched the interview, however didn’t wish to touch upon inside royal household issues.
“I believed they have been a beautiful couple and I hope they have an amazing future the place they’re,” she mentioned.
Dame Patsy, 67, mentioned she frequently expresses her confidential views about what is going on in New Zealand to the Queen.
The communication, she mentioned, “is sort of touchingly old school, by letter”.
“She has informed me on the instances that I’ve seen her that she finds it attention-grabbing to have a private perspective on what’s taking place,” Dame Patsy mentioned.
“As she says, ‘I prefer to know what’s taking place between the strains’.”