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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry flown on private jet to LA

Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry personally sent his massive $150 million private jet to whisk Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Los Angeles in a top secret, early morning enterprise, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.

The hush-hush operation allowed the secrecy-obsessed royals to leave their temporary home on Canada’s Vancouver Island and to avoid any wait at customs once they arrived in California.

‘It was a well-planned operation that appears to have worked perfectly,’ one insider said.

As DailyMail.com exclusively revealed on Thursday, Harry and Meghan are living in Perry’s $18 million mansion in ultra-tony Beverly Ridge Estates just outside Beverly Hills.

But the question has remained — until now — how did they get from Canada to southern California without being spotted?

Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry personally sent his massive private jet to whisk Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Los Angeles in a top secret, early morning enterprise, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively. Pictured: Meghan and Harry deplaning an aircraft back in February 

The hush-hush operation allowed the secrecy-obsessed royals to leave their temporary home on Canada's Vancouver Island and to avoid any wait at customs once they arrived in California. Pictured: Perry's $150M private plane

The hush-hush operation allowed the secrecy-obsessed royals to leave their temporary home on Canada’s Vancouver Island and to avoid any wait at customs once they arrived in California. Pictured: Perry’s $150M private plane

The details of the flight are hidden on the website OpenSky which gives all times in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) which is four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time and seven hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time. The OpenSky page details the route taken by Tyler Perry's jet on March 14 (pictured). However there is an error that says it landed at tiny Duncan Airport in Canada when really it only passed over it

The details of the flight are hidden on the website OpenSky which gives all times in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) which is four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time and seven hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time. The OpenSky page details the route taken by Tyler Perry’s jet on March 14 (pictured). However there is an error that says it landed at tiny Duncan Airport in Canada when really it only passed over it

Pictured: Flight path showing how Perry’s plane flew from Atlanta to Canada to pick up Meghan and Harry then to Portland and finally to LA 

As DailyMail.com exclusively revealed on Thursday, Harry and Meghan are living in Perry’s $18 million mansion in ultra-tony Beverly Ridge Estates just outside Beverly Hills (pictured)

As DailyMail.com exclusively revealed on Thursday, Harry and Meghan are living in Perry’s $18 million mansion in ultra-tony Beverly Ridge Estates just outside Beverly Hills (pictured) 

DailyMail.com has learned Perry’s $150 million jet left its base outside Atlanta at 1:35am on Saturday, March 14 on its way to pick up Harry, Meghan and one-year-old baby Archie.

It is not known whether the Madea star was himself on the Embraer-E190, a ‘stretch’ version of a plane mainly flown by JetBlue Airlines in the United States.

The plane landed at a corporate airport in Portland, Oregon, five hours later at 3:39am West Coast time, staying for a little over an hour before flying on to Victoria International Airport, just minutes from the waterfront home in North Saanich where they had been living since fleeing England.

The plane then took off from Victoria with the former royals on board at 7:35am for the quick hop back to Portland’s Hillsboro Airport.

Then it was on to Hollywood Burbank airport, previously named Bob Hope,  where they landed at 10:01am. They could speed through that celebrity-filled airport having already gone through Customs and immigration in Portland.

The details of the flight are hidden on the website OpenSky which gives all times in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) which is four hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time and seven hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time.

Clocks had gone forward the previous weekend.

Perry bought the Embraer in 2017 and houses it at McCollum Field, a municipally owned airport in Cobb County just outside Atlanta. The Hollywood star was given a $1.8 million tax break to keep it there under a top-secret plan known as ‘Project Meatloaf.’

DailyMail.com has learned that Perry’s $150 million jet left its base outside Atlanta at 1:35am on Saturday, March 14 on its way to pick up Harry, Meghan and one-year-old baby Archie. Pictured: Perry pictured on a private plane

DailyMail.com has learned that Perry’s $150 million jet left its base outside Atlanta at 1:35am on Saturday, March 14 on its way to pick up Harry, Meghan and one-year-old baby Archie. Pictured: Perry pictured on a private plane 

It is not known whether the Madea star was himself on the Embraer-E190, a ‘stretch’ version of a plane mainly flown by JetBlue Airlines in the United States. Pictured: A concept photo of the interior of Perry's Embraer Lineage 1000

It is not known whether the Madea star was himself on the Embraer-E190, a ‘stretch’ version of a plane mainly flown by JetBlue Airlines in the United States. Pictured: A concept photo of the interior of Perry’s Embraer Lineage 1000

Perry bought the Embraer in 2017 (pictured) and houses it at McCollum Field, a municipally owned airport in Cobb County just outside Atlanta. The Hollywood star was given a $1.8 million tax break to keep it there under a top-secret plan known as ‘Project Meatloaf'

Perry bought the Embraer in 2017 (pictured) and houses it at McCollum Field, a municipally owned airport in Cobb County just outside Atlanta. The Hollywood star was given a $1.8 million tax break to keep it there under a top-secret plan known as ‘Project Meatloaf

Rather than being registered directly to Perry, it is owned by a holding company known as ETPC Aviation.

The plane, with a top speed of 541 mph, is large enough to carry up to 124 people in coach class.

‘It’s a beast,’ said one aircraft insider. ‘Why anybody would want a private plane of this size is beyond me.’

The move from Canada — part of the Commonwealth which is headed by Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth — to the United States came a couple of weeks before the couple officially transitioned out of their royal roles and just a week before Canada started to restrict border crossings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple have never been seen in public with Perry — best known for his cross-dressing portrayal of feisty Madea in his series of hit films — but are believed to have met him through their mutual close friend Oprah Winfrey.

They have been spotted only a handful of times since their move to LA, first volunteering for a local charity dropping off food to locals who are at a high risk of catching coronavirus, and when out taking their beloved dogs for walks.

The couple have never been seen in public with Perry but are believed to have met him through their mutual close friend Oprah Winfrey

The couple have never been seen in public with Perry but are believed to have met him through their mutual close friend Oprah Winfrey 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their one-year-old son Archie have called the $18 million mansion home since moving to LA at the end of March, sources said

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their one-year-old son Archie have called the $18 million mansion home since moving to LA at the end of March, sources said 

Both the Sussexes and Perry consider Oprah their Hollywood mentor. Oprah is even godson to Perry's five-year-old son Aman, and was seen at the house Meghan and Harry are now staying at for his Christening party back in 2015 (pictured)

Both the Sussexes and Perry consider Oprah their Hollywood mentor. Oprah is even godson to Perry’s five-year-old son Aman, and was seen at the house Meghan and Harry are now staying at for his Christening party back in 2015 (pictured)

Fifty-year-old Perry’s eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa sits on 22 acres on the top of a hill in the guard-gated community and offers sweeping views of the city from the backyard.

It is not known whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are renting Perry’s property or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold.

Both the Sussexes and Perry, who is worth $600 million, consider legendary talk show host and businesswoman Oprah their Hollywood mentor.

She is godmother to Perry’s five-year-old son Aman, and was seen at the house Meghan and Harry are now staying at for the little boy’s christening party back in 2015.

The Duke and Duchess are currently working on a documentary series with Oprah, while Perry has partnered with Oprah’s OWN television channel in the past.

A source told DailyMail.com: ‘Meghan and Harry have been extremely cautious to keep their base in LA under wraps.

‘Their team helped them choose the location for their transition to Los Angeles wisely.

‘Beverly Ridge has its own guarded gate and Tyler’s property has a gate of its own which is watched by their security team.

Fifty-year-old Perry's eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa sits on 22 acres on the top of a hill in the ultra-exclusive Beverly Ridge Estates guard-gated community, offering sweeping views of the city from the backyard

Fifty-year-old Perry’s eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa sits on 22 acres on the top of a hill in the ultra-exclusive Beverly Ridge Estates guard-gated community, offering sweeping views of the city from the backyard 

It is not known whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are renting Tyler's property or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold

It is not known whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are renting Tyler’s property or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold

A source told DailyMailTV: 'Meghan and Harry have been extremely cautious to keep their base in LA under wraps. They have been at this property for a month without anyone finding out'

A source told DailyMailTV: ‘Meghan and Harry have been extremely cautious to keep their base in LA under wraps. They have been at this property for a month without anyone finding out’ 

‘Beverly Ridge is an excellent place to keep out of view. The neighbors are mostly old money and mega rich business types rather than show business gossips.

‘It goes without saying that the location is stunning — just one of the most beautiful and desirable areas in LA.’

Beverly Ridge Estates is close to the Van Nuys private airport and some of the most desirable private schools on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Socialite Paris Hilton lived there for just under a year in 2004 after her former fiancé Paris Latsis bought her an 11,206 square foot mansion in December 2004.

Other local celebrities who have owned homes in the community include ex-spouses David and Carlton Gebbia, who starred on reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and had a burlesque room in their $22 million Gothic-style mansion.

It is also home to socialite Alexis Carson, the widow of popular talk show host Johnny Carson.

Top Hollywood real estate agent Rochelle Maize of the Nourmand & Associates agency told DailyMail.com: ‘Beverly Ridge Estates has just 14 homes but is very prestigious and chic.

‘There are not many rentals on offer there because of the limited number of properties.

‘Leases start at around $20,000 and can go up to $40,000 a month. It costs around $16 million to buy a property there.’

Perry expressed sympathy for Meghan earlier this year, referencing comments that she made to ITV news presenter Tom Bradby for a documentary shot in Africa,

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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