Tyler Perry let Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stay in his LA home for three months in 2020.
He said on "Today" that he wanted to help them because their love for each other was so obvious.
"If I don't have that, what she and Harry have, I don't want it," Perry said of their relationship.
Tyler Perry looks to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as a model for what love should be, he said in a new interview.
During an appearance on "Today" where he discussed his upcoming film "A Jazzman Blues," Perry spoke to Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager about why he let Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stay with him when they moved to California.
Following their step back from the royal family, Harry and Meghan initially moved to Canada. However, the location of their home was made public around the same time they lost the security supplied by the monarchy, as they shared in their 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.
"The biggest concern was while we were in Canada, in someone else's house, I then got told, short notice, that security was going to be removed," Harry told Winfrey. "At this point, everyone knew, thanks to the Daily Mail, our exact location. So suddenly it dawned on me: 'Hang on. The borders could be closed. We're going to have our security removed. Who knows how long lockdown is going to be. The world knows where we are. It's not safe, it's not secure. We probably need to get out of here.'"
Perry offered his home in Los Angeles to the duke and duchess, and he paid for their private security when they stopped receiving protection from the monarchy.
Harry, Meghan, and their son, Archie, stayed in Perry's home for three months before the duke and duchess bought their own home in Montecito, California.
Meghan told The Cut that she and Perry had never met when he offered his home to her.
Perry shared with Kotb and Hager that he wanted to help the couple in part because of how obvious their love for each other was.
"It was a very difficult time for them," Perry said. "What I know about them and what I wish the world knew is how much they love — these two people love each other."
"They found each other out of all these odds against them," he went on to say. "The love that they have is really, really moving. And I just wanted to do anything I could to support them."
"If I don't have that, what she and Harry have, I don't want it," Perry said of the love between the couple.
Harry and Meghan celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary in May.
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