Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have reportedly moved out of Los Angeles and bought a house in Santa Barbara, California.
“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,” a representative for the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared with E! News in a piece published Tuesday. (RELATED: Report: Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Plan To Have At Least One More Child)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are first-time home owners! The couple have bought a home in Santa Barbara, 100 miles north of Los Angeles. https://t.co/ctujUwDPE2
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“Harry and Meghan have been quietly living in their own home in Santa Barbara since early July,” a source told Page Six. (RELATED: Here Are The Members Of Congress Self-Quarantining After Meeting Person With Coronavirus At CPAC)
“They are not houseguests of Oprah [Winfrey] or anyone else, they bought this home themselves,” the source added. “This is the first home either of them has ever owned. It has been a very special time for them as a couple and as a family—to have complete privacy for six weeks since they moved in.”
The source continued, “this is where they want to bring Archie [Harrison] up, where they hope he can have as normal a life as possible. Harry and Meghan never intended to make Los Angeles their home. It was a good place for them to be upon their arrival in the US to be close to Meghan’s mom [who lives in LA].”
According to the report:
Santa Barbara is one of the wealthiest communities in the US, with homes on sale for more than $100 million. Oprah has a sprawling, $90 million mansion in Montecito with views of the ocean.
It all comes following reports the royals moved from Canada back in March to southern California.
As previously reported, Harry and the former “Suits” actress shocked much of the world when the two announced back in January their plans to step down from their royal duties and become “financially independent.”
Not long after, Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement releasing the duke and duchess of their duties, stating that they are “no longer working members of the Royal Family.” The end of their senior roles became official March 31.