Getting Active: Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Foray Into Politics, Media and Social Justice

Needless to say, her get-out-the-vote PSA, including the glimpse behind the royal family’s apolitical curtain that Harry provided, would never have been possible if they hadn’t decided, after making a go of full-time senior royalty, to step down. They announced their intentions in January—quite controversially, as the queen wasn’t in on the timing—and two months later they were quarantining in Southern California like a couple of civilians.

Their son Archie, now 17 months old, hasn’t been in England since last year, having remained in Canada, where the family spent Christmas and New Year’s, while his parents returned to England to tie up loose ends and attend a handful of events. Then they packed up and left for California where, following a stay at Tyler Perry‘s Beverly Hills estate while they looked for a house to buy, moved into their own spread in Santa Barbara, about an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles,  in July.

“They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbors, as well as for them as a family,” their rep told E! News in a statement.

But right away they were subtly making their presence in L.A. known (well, subtle

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