Don McLean fully supports Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big move to Los Angeles.
“I think they should live where their hearts tell them to live and do what their gut instincts say,” singer-songwriter “American Pie” told Fox News. “I give them the credit for going [at] alone in America – that’s what Americans are supposed to do.
“The British press has hunted down Harry’s mother to death and he doesn’t want it,” said the 74-year-old. “I think they found the royal life stultifying. The problem with the press is that there is a controlled and uncontrolled press. It’s hard when you’re very famous as they are. “
It has been two years since McLean’s 1970 song “And I Love You So” was played at the couple’s royal wedding on May 19, 2018. On the couple’s second wedding anniversary, McLean said it was always grateful for the honor.
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“As for my song‘ And I Love You So, ’it was a great honor to have the song used for a very important event,” he said. “I think it shows that they have real love and I hope they will be very happy in America. “
Harry, 35, has already criticized the British tabloids for their treatment of the former American actress, accusing the media of tracking her down like her mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997 while trying to escape the paparazzi . Harry insisted that he didn’t want this story to repeat itself.
The couple, who announced they will retire on January 8 as a member of the royal family, currently reside in Markle’s native Los Angeles with their son, Archie, 1.
Some royal experts believe that the future of the family is bright in America.
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” [The Duke and Duchess’] moving to Los Angeles, Meghan’s hometown, with its thriving and vibrant multicultural environment, will give Archie the chance during his developmental years to discover a completely heterogeneous multiracial population, “said royal author Leslie Carroll at Fox News.
“Even if the Sussexes were to return to the United Kingdom one day, or even reside in a Commonwealth country and resume their duties as full-time royals, the experiences Archie will receive as a baby in America … and where he can regularly see other children who look like him, will be invaluable as he grows up, ”she said.
She also pointed out that Harry, in particular, never forgot how the media tracked down his mother and tracked down his wife at the start of their relationship.
“If they had been hunting dogs, they would have sold Archie photos to all supermarket tabloids,” said Carroll. “Obviously this is not the case. And yet the couple has been criticized for being private and wanting to protect their baby’s private as well. … The couple expressed a desire for discreet and relative anonymity for Archie. “
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Royal historian and blogger Marlene Koenig also told Fox News that she suspects Archie’s parents are taking an irreproachable approach to his safety in America.
“If Harry and Meghan stay here, I guess Archie will go to a private school in the United States, probably not on board,” she said. “It will also be a school that will ensure its safety.”
Meanwhile, Carroll thinks Los Angeles is a great place for Archie’s education, compared to the UK, as it will offer a more normal education than Kensington Palace, or even Frogmore Cottage, which is located on the grounds from Windsor Castle.
“Life in America will allow Archie to better understand his mother’s culture and background, as well as the real world – where people who do not live in castles with a suite of servants and have thousands of hectares of parkland deer as a backyard – live, ”she said. “Sure, it’s nice if you can get it, but only a handful of people actually live that way. “
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“Unlike other royal babies, Archie is likely to grow up hearing several different languages, including Spanish, a variety of ethnic musical styles wherever he goes, and if he resembles the American women of his life – Meghan Markle and [grandmother] Doria [Ragland] – and even like the English grandmother, he will unfortunately never know – he will be raised from the start to learn more about the less fortunate around him and to open his heart and his hands to him. “
However, Koenig hopes that while the family lives on the other side of the pond, Harry will lead by example and maintain a positive relationship with other members of the royal family.
“I hope Harry, in particular, will make sure that his son is aware of his heritage, especially when [Prince] Charles succeeds the throne and becomes grandfather king, ”she said.