Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Potential New Neighbors Reveal How They Feel About Royals in the Neighborhood

It sounds great in theory, but would anyone really want to live next to Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex?

There’s a rumor going around right now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have narrowed down their house hunt to one lavish property in Vancouver. This tidbit comes just weeks after the duo shocked the world with their announcement that they’d be stepping down as “senior” members of the royal family and forging a completely new path for their future.

Part of Harry and Meghan’s new strategy includes spending part of their time living in Canada along with their son, Archie, plus their various staff and security team members. Now we know that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are eyeing up one exclusive property.

But do the neighbors want these internationally known celebrities moving into their community?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are considering a $36 million Vancouver mansion

It’s become apparent that Prince Harry doesn’t know how to spend money like a regular person. Instead of settling for a modest new home in Canada, he and Meghan are supposedly interested in a jaw-dropping $36 million Vancouver abode in the Kitsilano neighborhood.

The waterfront home has 6,900 square feet of living space with six bedrooms and five bathrooms. And perhaps most importantly for this famous family, it also features 20-foot beach-side walls and extra tall hedges to keep prying eyes away.

Kitsilano residents have mixed feelings about Harry and Meghan in the neighborhood

Famous residents can cause major headaches for local residents, especially for anyone as popular as Prince Harry and Meghan. After rumors broke that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were considering the property at 3019 Point Grey Road, locals were split on whether they’d be happy with the royals moving in.

“I think it’s great, they’re good people and they want to sort of get away from the royal family-ish, so I think it’s great,” Trina Littlejohns, a former U.K. resident, told local CBC News reporter Jon Hernandez. She also said the British media was very “in your face,” which made her sympathetic to Meghan’s plight.

But resident Richard Roy was concerned about interruptions to his daily routine. “I don’t know, I’m very conflicted because people should be able to do what they want,” he told Hernandez. “From a selfish viewpoint, it will screw up our lives because this is a daily walking point and I don’t think it will be quite the same anymore.”

He continued, explaining, “There would probably be too much ruckus.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Their new neighbors might be worrying about a repeat of Frogmore Cottage

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently living at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor and neighbor drama persisted ever since they moved in. First, they were criticized for the multi-million dollar renovation, which was at least partially funded by taxpayers. (The couple plans to pay that money back now that they are no longer senior royals).

Then a rumor went around that Harry and Meghan forbid any of the neighbors from speaking to them and set up a huge perimeter around their home to keep locals from parking anywhere near it. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex denied that they made the rule about never saying “Good morning” or “Hello.” But either way, the locals weren’t thrilled to have them around.

Overall, the atmosphere in Canada is much more relaxed compared to the U.K., which is what drew this couple there in the first place. But with aggressive paparazzi and less stringent rules for tabloid reporters, it may be very frustrating to be neighbors with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.