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.
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.
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
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.