Meghan Markle has opened up on finding community and new friends in California after her and Prince Harry moved to Montecito from the UK.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, gave a tell-all interview to American magazine The Cut and has spoken about her new life with Prince Harry and their two children – Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.
The interview takes readers on a tour through the couple's extravagant house in the exclusive neighbourhood and sees them give an insight into their lives after they stepped down from royal duties in 2020.
In the interview, Meghan speaks about the local community and adds that her mother, social worker Doria Ragland, often pops over for Grandma duty.
And when asked whether her husband Harry "feels isolated" without any family nearby, the former Suit actress responded: "Well, look, we’re both building community."
“I didn’t have friends up here.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Meghan says she has made an "active effort to forgive" the Royal Family after distance was created between them following the couple's move.
Meghan touched on the possibility of forgiveness between her and her royal in-laws and her own family, saying:"I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy to not forgive.
"But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything."
Meghan added: "I have a lot to say until I don’t… Sometimes, as they say, the silent part is still part of the song."
The bombshell interview covers a wide range of topics including Harry speaking on the "loss" of his father Prince Charles and her plans to re-join social media after previously being forced to close her personal accounts after becoming a royal.
It comes amid reports the Sussexes are "unlikely" to see the Queen in Balmoral, where she is in Scotland, during their trip to the UK in September for charity events.
The Duke and Duchess will be travelling to Manchester on September 5 for One Young World Summit where Meghan will give a keynote address at the opening ceremony.
They will then head to Germany for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 One Year to Go event before returning to the UK for the WellChild Awards on 8 September.
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