MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry left the UK in controversial and high-profile circumstances.
The couple renounced their royal titles and left for North America, first heading to Canada before moving south of the border.
When did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry move to the USA?
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they would be stepping back from their duties as senior members of the Royal Family in January 2020,
The Duke and Duchess of Sussexand their young son Archie spent six weeks in Canada between November 2019 and January of this year.
The couple left Archie with a nanny to briefly return to the UK to sort a deal for their relinquishing of royal responsibilities, before heading back to Vancouver Island.
Yet, the coronavirus pandemic pushed up their plans to settle, moving to Malibu in Los Angeles in March to avoid the borders between USA and Canada closing for all non-essential travel.
Where do Meghan and Harry live now?
Meghan and Harry moved once again, this time getting their own place as they begin to settle to life in USA.
And they didn’t go cheap, nor small – splashing out over £11.5million ($14.65m) on a beautiful mansion in the Montecito neighbourhood in Santa Barbara, California in June 2020.
The mansion comes with huge lawns, a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool, while Meghan has held zoom video calls throughout lockdown, offering glimpses of the inside of their new home to fans.
Estate agent Brett Buschborn revealed that there is a “steam room, massage room, sauna, Jacuzzi, full bar, arcade and one of the most amazing wine cellars and that was just the basement.”
Although the couple took out a mortgage on the property, it is expected to cost them at least £30,000 a month in repayments, along with general utilities, cleaners and security which all do not come cheap.
Which other celebrities live in Montecito?
The Sussexes are not short of star-studded company in Montecito, with a large number of famous and wealthy neighbours.
Meghan’s friend Oprah Winfrey is among those in the area, along with fellow chat show star Ellen DeGeneres.
There are enough actors to go round as well with Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, John Cleese, John Travolta, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin nearby.
And then if Meghan, Harry or Archie want some professional sporting training and advice, they could call upon golf legend Fred Couples or tennis aces Mike Bryan and Jimmy Connors.