Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are opening up their Montecito home to viewers for the first time in their new Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan.
In the first episode of the series, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex invite the cameras into their home to capture the couple as they go about their every day lives, giving viewers an unprecedented look inside the $14.65 million dollar California mansion they purchased in the summer of 2020. Meghan takes viewers on a tour of the chicken coop as she tends to the family’s flock, their son Archie admires the sunset from one of the home’s balconies, and Harry enjoys hummingbirds in their backyard, while Archie remains ambivalent.
The royals’ Santa Barbara County home boasts nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms, and sits on a large lot with a rose garden and century-old olive trees. It also features a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a two-bedroom guest house. Per Page Six, the property also boasts a tea house and a children’s cottage, and aerial photographs show what seems to be large playground equipment. A friend of the couple who spoke to the outlet said that Harry and Meghan were excited about getting to raise their son Archie in such a secluded home with ample security thanks to the exclusive neighborhood’s celebrity residents.
In an interview with The Cut from August, writer Allison P. Davis describes the Duke and Duchess’s house as “the kind of big that startles you into remembering that unimaginable wealth is actually someone’s daily reality. It evokes a classic Tuscan villa, a Napa vineyard, and a manicured Beverly Hills country club decorated with careful, considered coastal tones for a casual air—the home equivalent of billionaires dressing down in denim.”
In the piece, Meghan also says that she and Harry immediately fell in love with the home from the first time they visited. “One of the first things my husband saw when we walked around the house was those two palm trees,” she said of their instant connection with the property. “See how they’re connected at the bottom? He goes, ‘My love, it’s us.’ And now every day when Archie goes by us, he says, ‘Hi, Momma. Hi, Papa.’” She added, “You walk in and go… Joy. And exhale. And calm. It’s healing. You feel free.”
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