Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Were Desperate To Keep Their Move To Santa Barbara a Secret, Source Says

After months of being in quarantine and living in Tyler Perry’s Beverly Hills mansion, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are finally finding their footing in America. In the months following their final royal engagements, the pair flew into the U.S. where they’ve been spending time together as a family with their young son, Archie Harrison.

In recent months, the pair have been emerging and appearing at virtual talks and events for everything from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the 19th, and the Princess Diana memorial fund. The duo has put their plans for Archewell foundation on hold, but they are currently shopping a super-secret project in Hollywood.

As things start to normalize, the pair have also set up roots in their first home, a $14.7 million estate in Santa Barbara. Though the Sussexes had been living there for weeks before the news leaked, they were desperate to keep it a secret for as long as possible.

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s $14.7 million home

Meghan and Prince Harry’s new home in the Montecito community of Santa Barbara is the first house they’ve ever purchased together as a couple. Despite the rumors stating Prince Charles aided the pair with their purchase, the prince and the former actor bought the house on their own.

The 19,000 square foot home has plenty of room if the pair decide they want to have more children. It also has an entire guest house for Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, who is reportedly living with them.

The massive estate was purchased at a $10 million discount by Sussexes and it includes nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms, a tea house, a children’s cottage, a full-size tennis court, a lap-lane swimming pool, and an elaborate built-in children’s playset. It will reportedly cost the pair $4.4 million a year just to keep the home up and running.

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Today, The Duke of Sussex attends the #ANZACday service at Westminster Abbey with The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Gloucester. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended this service last year in addition to the dawn service. They also paid their respects at the #ANZAC memorial in Sydney during their official tour last fall. Having devoted ten years of service to military duty, including two tours in Afghanistan, The Duke completed his time of service with four weeks with the Australian Defence Force. Their Royal Highnesses remain committed to supporting serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and the families that support them. #ANZACDay commemorates the anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli in 1915. ANZAC Day is a moment to recognise the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who lost their lives during the landings, and to honour the sacrifices of men and women in all wars. ANZAC Day has been observed annually in London since King George V attended a service at Westminster Abbey, and more than 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets. Members of The Royal Family have continued to honour the servicemen and women globally, and today HRH The Duke of Cambridge also paid his respects at @AucklandMuseum. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting The Commonwealth country on behalf of The Queen to pay tribute to those killed in the Christchurch attacks earlier this year.

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Prince Harry hates LA

Santa Barbara is located 100 miles away from LA, which is about an hour from the city and the Sussexes Hollywood team. Though Meghan was born and raised in LA, the prince was reportedly not a fan and he could not get adjusted. A source told Us Weekly,

Meghan visited Montecito in her teens and fell in love with the picturesque scenery and stunning architecture. Moving there was always an option, but to begin with, she and Harry wanted to give Los Angeles a shot. Unfortunately, Harry absolutely hated it—the timing was so wrong amid the [coronavirus] pandemic and they lacked privacy. An added bonus is that Montecito is only just over an hour’s drive from L.A., which is where a majority of their work is based, yet far enough away to escape the crowds, paparazzi, and tourism in Hollywood

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wanted to keep their move to Santa Barbara a secret

The Sussexes have reportedly been living in their home for over six weeks and they finalized the purchase back in June. The duo wanted to keep their move as under wraps as possible. An insider revealed to Hollywood Life,

Meghan and Harry knew eventually the news of their move would go public. It was inevitable. They would have liked [their privacy] to last longer and they did take steps to keep it from getting out. They hardly told anyone and those that were in the know were sworn to secrecy, but obviously it wasn’t going to stay a secret forever. They’re okay with it [getting out] because they still feel like they have their privacy. The way their property is situated they do feel very protected. They have tons of space to play outside with Archie and not worry about their privacy and that’s priceless to them.

The source went on to say that this is the happiest the Sussexes have ever been.