Patsy Reddy, Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in New Zealand, revealed in an interview Associated Press Prince Harry and Megan of Sussex talked to him about the possibility of visiting their country during an official visit in 2018, almost a year before the couple left for the United States.
“I remember they went to Abel Tasman National Park when we sat down and drank, and they said they could imagine living in this place, and they wondered if we thought it was theoretically possible,” Reddy explained.
The Governor of New Zealand commented: “Of course we said yes. That would be nice. There are many opportunities to live in New Zealand, but you have to evaluate it. Reddy says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were looking at how they could raise their family and then apparently made some decisions.
However, the representative of Queen Elizabeth II did not see it as a formal one, but as an informal discussion it seemed that the couple was mainly inspired by contact with foreigners and New Zealanders.
In addition, during the interview they gave it to Oprah Winfrey in early 2021, stating that they had offered the royal family a step back from their corporate obligations in a Commonwealth country such as South Africa or New Zealand, but finally Prince Harry and after a few months in Canada moved to Sussex.
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