Billionaire Tyler Perry has accused Buckingham Palace of abusing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry like a ‘batterer’ and compared it to watching his mother suffer domestic violence.
The actor, comedian and producer, 53, appears in the final episode of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series to explain why he offered his LA mansion to them, saying he saw his late mother Maxine being abused at the hands of his father so he ‘knew the symptoms’ of coercive control and abuse.
Perry claimed the palace had abused Meghan and Harry too and had done ‘all the things a batterer would do’ by cutting off their money and leaving them without security.
Referring to Meghan and Harry, he said: ‘She was abused. And so was he. I knew the symptoms; I saw it. I saw my mother being abused for years.’
Tyler Perry has accused Buckingham Palace of abusing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry like a ‘batterer’ and compared the abuse they faced to watch his mother suffer domestic violence
Perry and his mother Maxine (pictured together in 2006) were abused by his alcoholic father Emmitt Perry, who once beat the now actor so severely as a child that the skin was ripped off his back with a vacuum cord
Perry and his mother Maxine were abused by his alcoholic father Emmitt Perry, who he has previously revealed once beat him so severely as a child with a vacuum cleaner cord that his skin ripped off his back.
Referring to how the palace behaved, he added: ‘To use the institution to try and do all the things a batterer would do, like ‘here’s what we’re going to do, we are going to cut off the money, not leave you with security, we’re gonna do all those things to make you comply and come back.’
‘And for the both of them to have the wherewithal to say ‘I don’t give a damn if it’s the palace, I’m out of here’, I applauded that.’
Perry revealed he had reached out to Meghan just before her wedding day to offer her support.
It was not until two years after Meghan’s marriage to Harry that she called Perry again to tell him she was ‘afraid’.
Perry revealed after this phone call, he offered up his $18million Beverly Hills home to the couple to use as their personal residence after they quit the monarchy.
The eight-bedroom Tuscan-style villa, which Perry purchased in 2004 for $4.3million, sits on 22 acres of land and comes with 24,000-square-feet of living space.
Speaking about the couple’s situation when they were previously temporarily living in Vancouver Island, Tyler Perry said: ‘They just wanted to be free. They wanted to be free to love and be happy. They did not have a plan… There was no plan.’
Perry went on to say Meghan had called him crying and told him she was ‘afraid’.
‘I could hear the fear. It was palpable. I could hear it,’ Perry said. ‘So I asked her, what was she afraid of. And she took a deep breath and then she started listing the things that she was afraid of.’
‘And I said to her ‘every one of your fears are valid’.’
During the documentary, Perry said the most he knew about the Royal Family was around Princess Diana’s death and that he saw Diana was ‘thrown to the wolves’ after her marriage ended.
He said: ‘So to tell Meghan that her feelings were valid hurt. I didn’t want to say that to her. I didn’t want her to feel that but I didn’t want to lie to her.
‘She was afraid of them destroying her or going crazy or them making her think she was going crazy.’
Meghan told the program that Perry said his mansion in Beverley Hills was safe and he would make sure they had security.
Meghan said she told him they would only stay for a week, adding: ‘He’s like ‘You’re not going to stay for a week. You’re going to stay for as long as as you need, and I’m going to get you there safely, and I’m going to keep you there safely until you have somewhere to go’.’
And while he was certainly generous of Tyler – who has a reported net worth of $1 billion – to provide the royals with a place to stay, he was definitely not left with nowhere to go, thanks to the fact that he owns many other properties.
Perry revealed that he offered up his $18 million Beverly Hills home to the couple (pictured together at the mansion) to use as their personal residence after they quit the monarchy because Meghan had called him to tell him she was ‘afraid’
Perry (pictured in October in Hollywood) has used his wealth to help people in the past. In 2019 he stepped in to help four children whose mother was killed after her boyfriend allegedly shot her outside of a bank in Georgia
His impressive real estate portfolio includes a $100 million, 40,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion in Atlanta, Georgia, and a log cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
He also owns a 25-acre private island and an adjacent seven-acre island in the Bahamas, where he had a villa and a series of bungalows built from scratch.
After Meghan and Harry purchased their own house, a sprawling mansion in Montecito that is located just a stone’s throw from the home of another celebrity pal, Oprah, Tyler sent them a generous housewarming gift – a grand piano – with a note that read, ‘ Write the soundtrack for your life.’
Perry has used his wealth to help those in need in the past. In 2019, he stepped in to help four children whose mother was killed after her boyfriend allegedly shot her outside of a bank in Georgia.
Tynesha Evans was shot dead in the parking lot of a Wells Fargo near Atlanta. Her boyfriend, Othniel Inniss, 58, was arrested at the scene.
Less than a day after the tragedy struck the Evans family, Perry stepped in to lend his support.
After learning about the heartbreaking news, Perry offered to take care of the family’s rent to stave off eviction.
Perry arranged for Evans’ body to be flown to Wisconsin, where family and friends will hold her funeral.
The actor and filmmaker will also cover her 18-year-old daughter’s tuition at Spelman College so she doesn’t have to drop out of school.
In April 2020, Perry also paid for the groceries of elderly shoppers at 44 Kroger stores in Atlanta and 29 Winn Dixie stores in his native New Orleans and, in August 2020 donated a van to an Atlanta Women’s Organization that provides hygiene products to people experiencing homelessness .
Perry also offered to pay for the funeral of Rayshard Brooks, as well as for Brooks’ four kids’ college education.
Perry (pictured in a photo as a five-year-old child) said that he was raped by male and female family acquaintances three times by the age of 10
Perry, who states he was once ‘poor as hell’ and homeless, dropped out of high school and struggled as a playwright before his career catapulted him to stardom, becoming the first African American to independently own a studio.
Perry said that he ‘had no mentors’ on his way to the top, and has learned on the fly, suffering an upbringing with an abusive man who he later learned was not his father.
He has previously said that creating was his ‘escape’ from the hardships at home.
‘No matter what was happening to me, be it sexual abuse, whatever, I could escape and be somewhere else,’ Perry said in 2019.
‘I could create these worlds and be there for hours. I didn’t realize at the time, but that’s where my gift to write came from – the heartache and the hell.’
The movie mogul was one of four children raised by mom Maxine, a preschool teacher, and husband Emmitt, who worked as a construction contractor.
‘I don’t think I ever felt safe or protected as a child,’ Tyler said of his childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana.
‘The weekends were when the hell would start,’ he said. ‘I never felt that I was loved by him. I don’t know if he knows what love is. Never felt respected by him. Never felt like a person to him.’
On one occasion, his mother tried to escape the abuse and packed the kids into the car, only for Emmitt to report the stolen car and police tracked the family down to return home.
‘He had a job and was a provider,’ Perry said of the difficulties surrounding his mother leaving his father. ‘I knew she wanted to protect me, but there was always hostility.’
Perry found out at the age of 41 that Emmitt was not his biological father, but still supports the man financially despite no personal relationship and eventually forgave him for wrongdoings: ‘Holding on was hurting me more than him.’
‘I don’t think I ever felt safe or protected as a child,’ Perry said. Pictured: Perry as a child
In addition to trouble within his immediate family, Tyler was ‘sexually abused’ by three different men and a woman by the age of 10.
‘It was rape,’ he said. ‘I didn’t know what was going on or the far-reaching effects of it. I just moved through it. ‘Boys don’t cry, shut up and move on.’ Holding on to all of that, not knowing what to do with it, there was a lot of anger in my teenage years, in my 20s.’
After dropping out of school, he first worked at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, where he would sneak into the annual National Association of Television Program Executives conference.
He later began to write scripts as he sold cars and worked as a bill collector.
His first steps onto the stage came when he saved $12,000 to rent a community theater space and produce the play ‘Know I’ve Been Changed’, a story of child-abuse survivors.
It was at this point Perry was forced to live in his car for three months, as he worked on everything from the lights to selling snacks in intermission to begin generating enough cash again to be able to afford rent.
Despite the tragedies of his childhood, Tyler rose above the trauma to become a heavy-hitter in Hollywood having earned more than $500million alone for films on his most famous character to date — Madea, which drew the attention of Oprah Winfrey.
The popular character was inspired by his late mother Maxine and his aunt Mayola, and helped Perry set the pace to create a 330-acre movie studio just minutes outside of downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
‘She’d be very, very proud,’ he said. ‘She’d say, ‘Who’d have thunk it?’ That was her thing. ‘Who’d have thunk you could have made all of this.’