Meghan and Harry: Expert on ‘constant demands for privacy’
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to California last March, ahead of the strict travel restrictions put in place to curb the coronavirus pandemic. The couple stayed in an LA mansion owned by Hollywood actor and producer Tyler Perry for several months, before purchasing a lavish property in nearby Santa Barbara in July. The stunning mansion cost the couple £11million and will likely become their permanent home.
The mansion is located in the elite neighbourhood of Montecito in Santa Barbara, home to a whole host of celebrities.
The area is renowned for its secluded hillside estates that promise the utmost privacy, which is why the area has become so popular among A-listers.
While Harry and Meghan’s property is located on a private road, with a lengthy driveway and large security gates, dozens of celebrities live within just an arms reach.
The couple are already known to have befriended US chat show host Oprah Winfrey, having chosen the American to hold their first interview since stepping down as senior royals.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry live in Santa Barbara, California (Image: Getty)
Meghan Markle news: This aerial view shows the general neighborhood of Santa Barbara (Image: Getty)
Meghan also sent Oprah a sample of a vegan coffee brand that she had invested in.
In December, Oprah shared a video to her 19.2 million Instagram followers where she said she received a gift basket from “my neighbour M.
Although she doesn’t directly reference the Duchess, the caption of the post states “Yes that M” followed by a crown emoji – in a nod to Meghan’s royal connections.
Other celebrities in the exclusive neighbour include US actress Gwenyth Paltrow, film director George Lucas and comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry live near Oprah Winfrey (Image: Getty/CBS)
Actors Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe also own homes in the area.
Other well-known celebrities living in Santa Barbara include Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman.
Real estate broker Jason Streatfeild, who has an office in Montecito, said Harry and Meghan fit in with the people who live in the area.
He told DailyMail.com: “It’s the type of neighbourhood where you may not realize who your neighbour is, but you really don’t care.
“It’s not unusual to run into Oprah Winfrey at the grocery store or to be sitting next to Ellen DeGeneres for lunch at the Miramar Hotel.”
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Oprah Winfrey’s home is a 42 acre estate (Image: Getty)
Ellen DeGeneres lives near Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Image: Getty)
Meghan and Harry’s home sits on 5.4 acres of land and was bought for £11.2million ($14.7million)
The property has a total of nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms and also features a separate two-bedroom guest house.
The main house includes a library, an office, a spa with a separate dry and wet sauna, a gym, a games room, an arcade, a movie theatre, a wine cellar and a garage with space for five cars.
Outside, there is a large garden, a swimming pool, tennis court and a children’s cottage for Archie to play.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, a romantic timeline (Image: Express)
Meghan is currently heavily pregnant with her second child, which the couple has said is due in the “summertime”.
During their interview with Oprah, the Duke and Duchess revealed they were expected a girl.
Original posted at www.express.co.uk