Page Six can exclusively reveal that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living in their home in the upcoming California community for six weeks, which is also home to their friends Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
Amidst speculation that the couple would buy a place in Los Angeles, a source told Page Six, “Harry and Meghan have been living quietly in their home in Santa Barbara since early July.
“They are not Oprah or anyone else’s house, they have bought this house themselves. This is where he wants to continue his life after leaving Britain.
“This is the first of the two houses that was ever owned. It has been a very special time for them as a couple and as a family – having complete privacy for six weeks when they moved in.
“They want to put their roots in this home and quiet community, which has a lot of privacy. This is where they want to bring Archie, where he hopes he can lead a normal life as much as possible. ”
Sources say, “Harry and Meghan never intended to make Los Angeles their home. It was a good place for them to be closer to Meghan’s mother when they came to America.” [who lives in LA]. ”
The source would not reveal details of the house, such as the price or location they paid, citing safety concerns, but said, “They have thought carefully about it and researched it well.” This is where they plan to be happy, make good friends and bring in Archie, giving them a chance to play with children of all ages. ”
It was widely reported that Harry and Meghan had been living in entertainment Mogul Tyler Perry’s $ 18 million, 12-bedroom, eight-bathroom Beverly Hills mansion for the past few months. He was mentored by Oprah, and is represented in LA by some of the team working with Meghan and Harry.
But the couple went on trial against several paparazzi agencies after Archie was photographed with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, in the private driveway of the house. It is believed that the pictures were flown at home by drones.
The source said, “Both Harry and Meghan are very upset over the breach of privacy, but that was not the reason they left Los Angeles. They were already in the process of buying their home in Santa Barbara.
“While it was a good favor for him in a very difficult time, Tyler Perry’s home with 18 bedrooms is not Harry’s style. Yes, he grew up in the halls of royalty and Buckingham Palace, but he was more with character Prefer intimate homes. ”
Their new digs are unlikely to be as intimate, however, as their first matrimonial home in London, Frogham Cottage. When they were first married, Harry and Meghan lived in a historic “Grade II Listed” property in Windsor, which they renovated in a move funded by British taxpayers for $ 3 million.
Santa Barbara is one of the wealthiest communities in America, with homes selling for more than $ 100 million. Oprah has a $ 90 million mansion in Montecito with ocean views.
DeGranes has bought a few homes in Santa Barbara – including the property next door from Oprah – but in 2017 he paid $ 18.6 million for an oceanfront home in the enclave of Carpanthia, where Ashton Kachar and Mila Kunis There is only one house. road.
When reached for comment, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year. They have settled in the quiet secrecy of their community since their arrival and hope that it will be an honor for them as a family, along with their neighbors. ”