Stanley Johnson takes swipe at Meghan Markle and says she was ‘in driving seat’ for her and Harry’s ‘s California move

  • The Prime Minister’s father took a swipe at Meghan Markle for leaving Britain
  • Stanley Johnson compared the couple to his parents Wilfred and Irene 
  • Prince Harry and his former actress wife Meghan fled the UK earlier this year
  • The married pair are currently searching for a home in Los Angeles, California

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father Stanley has taken a swipe at Meghan

Meghan Markle was behind hers and Prince Harry’s decision to leave Britain as she is in the ‘driving seat’ of their marriage, Stanley Johnson has claimed.

The Prime Minister’s father took a swipe at the Duchess of Sussex and said there is a ‘cultural difference’ between British and American women.

Prince Harry and his actress wife left the UK earlier this year and are currently searching for a home in Los Angeles, California, where Meghan was born.

According to Johnson, father of Boris, the Duchess of Sussex was the driving force behind their decision.

Writing in Saga magazine, the 79-year-old said: ‘Whose decision was it, I wonder, to build a new life in North America?

‘I can’t help thinking that Meghan, as we must now call her, played a leading role here.

‘Possibly, this is down to a basic cultural difference between British women and their transatlantic counterparts.’

He drew a comparison between the couple and his parents, Wilfred and Irene as he added: ‘I’m thinking of my mother, for example. After my father recovered from his war wounds, he decided to return to the West Country and became a farmer.  

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen in LA wearing masks as they deliver meals to residents

‘My mother, who went to Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Oxford University, and imagined that she might marry a diplomat, spent her next 36 years in the old, remote Exmoor farmhouse that I still have today.

‘She took to heart the famous words in The Bible’s book of Ruth: ‘Whither thou goest, I will go and where thou lodgest, I will lodge’.

‘The Duchess of Sussex clearly has tremendous charm and talent, but I’m not sure she sets great store by the book of Ruth.

Boris (right) alongside his father Stanley who has weighed in on Meghan and Prince Harry’s decision to leave the UK

‘For a man, home may be simply the place he hangs his hat. But for a woman, certainly for an American woman like Meghan, choosing where to live is an absolutely key decision.

‘You and your spouse can’t both be in the driving seat.

‘To adapt Princess Diana’s famous saying, there’s not always room for two people in a marriage!’

He added: ‘Personally, I am very sad to see them go. Their charity work was fantastic, particularly the support they gave to wildlife conservation and women’s issues.’

In January, Meghan and Harry stunned the world when they announced they would be quitting their royal duties, become financially independent and split their time between North America and England. 

Since then the couple have wound down their UK foundation and shut their Buckingham Palace office.

Meghan and Harry pictured arriving at Mansion House in London  in March to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards

They finished carrying out their final round of royal duties in Britain last month, and are planning the launch of their new non-profit organisation in the coming weeks.

The Sussexes are yet to flesh out what their new entity will look like, other than outlining it will support their ‘global charitable, campaign and philanthropic work’. 

After declaring their decision to step back from their royal duties, Meghan and Harry set up base at a rented waterfront mansion on Vancouver Island in Canada. 

However, they quickly moved to Los Angeles in March when Canada announced it would be closing its borders to the US. 

They are now believed to be in lockdown in the Hollywood area with ten-month-old baby Archie.

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