Far from the United Kingdom, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have moved to Montecito, a very chic enclave of Santa Barbara. There, the secret daily life of the couple from Sussex attracts the curious and loosens the tongues of the neighbors.
In July 2020, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to the other side of the Atlantic, in a very select district of Santa Barbara, disbursing the sum of 10 million euros to afford a dream villa in Montecito. Like them, many celebrities have already put their suitcases there, like Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow or Katy Perry. A peaceful and ultra-protected neighborhood.
“We only talk about them, it’s tiring, and I’m not even sure they have a positive effect on the economy, except that real estate prices have climbed … “, complains Mary Sheldon, a septuagenarian. And another to comment with annoyance: “Tourists now invade us on weekends, hoping to see how Meghan and Harry live”. But it is lost. The couple from Sussex, very discreet, rarely leaves the grounds of its vast property. Some have nevertheless been able to see Prince Harry on the saddle of his electric bike or another time on a walk along the beach, accompanied by his dog Pula and a bodyguard.
Archie on a surfboard in a few years
“He’s turning into a real Californian,” laughs British journalist Richard Mineards, formerly of The Sun and The Mirror, based in Montecito before adding, “I can just imagine his son Archie on a surfboard in a few years.” There, far from his family and friends, Prince Harry is trying to reinvent himself.
For Caprice Bourret, ex-conquest of Prince Andrew in the 2000s, the Duke of Sussex could quickly become disillusioned, facing a lifestyle considered “superficial”. “He is not used to this, because in the United Kingdom, I have made real friendships. In my experience, people here are more real and loyal,” she commented. With his new jobs, Prince Harry will try to acclimate. While relations with the Firm are more strained than ever, a return to England of the Duke of Sussex does not seem to be on the agenda.
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