The Real Reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Moved From Los Angeles Revealed

After shuffling between houses following their exit from the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have finally found a place to call home.

The couple recently purchased a sprawling mansion in Santa Barbara, California after spending several months at a residence in Meghan’s native Los Angeles.

While it was widely believed the pair would settle in her hometown, recent reports suggest the couple didn’t feel that it was the best fit for their family. Here’s everything we know about the move and the reason they left the city.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in March 2020 | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have bought their first home

Multiple outlets confirmed on Aug. 12 that the Sussexes had purchased a mansion in Santa Barbara a few weeks earlier. Variety reports the mansion cost $14.65 million and comes with nine bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, and plenty of amazing amenities, including a gym, pool, and home theater.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year,” a spokesperson for the couple said in a statement shared with CNN. “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.”

The move came a few months after Prince Harry and Meghan decided to step away from the royal family. They announced their decision in January and wrapped their duties two months later, after which they spent some time in Canada before moving to Los Angeles. The pair lived in an $18 million mansion belonging to Tyler Perry before purchasing their new pad.

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The reported reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left Los Angeles revealed

A source suggested to Page Six that the move has to do with the amount of privacy Santa Barbara affords them in comparison to Los Angeles. The couple also wants to raise their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, 1, somewhere where he can have the most “normal” life as possible, the source said.

“People can’t say they’re too Hollywood because they’re not in Los Angeles anymore,” royal writer Omid Scobie added in a recent interview (via The Sun). “Santa Barbara has many private communities in it. It’s why we’ve never seen paparazzi photos of Oprah or Ellen or Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis at their homes. It is extremely private.”

“There is a fantastic ring of security around parts of Santa Barbara that I think they’ll feel safe in because what they have is pretty much a compound,” Scobie continued.

Us Weekly reported that Meghan fell in love with the Montecito community when she visited as a teen and always considered it an “option” in regards to a place to live. “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,” a source told the outlet.

Though Los Angeles didn’t work out, the good thing is that it’s only a short drive away from their new home, so it’ll be easy-peasy for the pair to get back-and-forth from work and anything else they have planned moving forward.

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