Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to leave the Royal Family earlier this year. After leaving royal life the Sussex family travelled to the United States where they have spent most of their time in California. Now the couple have purchased a new home in Santa Barbara, but where exactly is Santa Barbara?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved into their home Frogmore Cottage on the Queen’s Windsor estate in April 2019, shortly before the arrival of their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have kept the property as their base in the UK after stepping back from their senior roles within the Royal Family.
They received Frogmore Cottage as a gift from the Queen.
The family has also lived in a luxurious waterfront home on Vancouver Island in Canada in the past year.
However, since leaving the Royal Family the couple have lived in Los Angeles in a mansion in Beverly Hills.
The palatial 18-bedroomed home was said to be borrowed from millionaire actor and producer Tyler Perry.
A source said: “While it was a nice favour to them at a very difficult time, Tyler Perry’s house with 18 bedrooms isn’t Harry’s style.
“Yes, he grew up in royalty and the halls of Buckingham Palace, but he prefers more intimate homes with character.”
Now the couple have moved out of this house and into the comfort of their very own home in Santa Barbara.
A representative for Harry and Meghan has confirmed the ymoved into their family home with son Archie in July.
The representative told Hello! Magazine: “They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbours, as well as for them as a family.”
A source told Vanity Fair: “”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.
“They intend to put down their roots in this house and the quiet community, which has considerable privacy.”
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A spokesman for the couple confirmed the Sussexes had purchased their first home on Wednesday.
They said: “They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbours, as well as for them as a family.”
A source added the couple hoped to lead “as normal a life there as possible” and planned to live in the city long term.
They told the Telegraph: “They have thought about this carefully and researched it well
“This is the place where they plan to be happy, make good friends and bring up Archie, giving him the chance to play with other children his age.”
A royal insider told Page Six: “They are not houseguests of Oprah or anyone else, they bought this home themselves.
“This is where they want to continue their lives after leaving the UK.
“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.
“They intend to put down their roots in this house and the quiet community, which has considerable privacy.
“This is where they want to bring Archie up, where they hope he can have as normal a life as possible.”
Where is Santa Barbara?
Santa Barbara is a coastal city located in the US state of California located roughly 100 miles north of Los Angeles, where Meghan’s other Doria Ragland lives.
The city which is home to an estimated population of 90,000 is located on a south-facing section of the coastline along the west coast of the US.
The Sussexes new hometown lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean and is known for its Mediterranean climate.
The community is said to be popular with celebrities with other notable neighbours including Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres.