As they prepared to leave their Montecito home, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle began looking for a new home.
The Sussexes have not found a permanent home because new concerns have arisen in their current neighborhood. Indeed, multiple media outlets reported that Prince Harry and Meghan are willing to give up their $14 million mansion to relocate to Hope Ranch, California.
The Santa Barbara News-Press was the first to confirm rumors about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s current plans, reporting that they want to build a $22 million estate in the Hope Ranch neighborhood instead due to increased crime rates in the area.
At the same time, the couple reportedly believed the mansion no longer adequately accommodated the family. However, the sources did not specify whether the space was too large or too small for the couple and their two children.
The news outlet speculated that they had already purchased a unit. Still, the Daily Mail could not confirm whether Prince Harry and Meghan had already purchased property, as the report claimed.
It is also unknown whether it is a larger or smaller mansion.
Hope Ranch, located in Santa Barbara, California, has a country club, a golf course, a tennis court, and horseback riding trails. Ten percent of the people in the neighborhood own horses.
After hearing about a “out-of-the-area theft gang” targeting Montecito, Prince Harry and Meghan made the decision.
A-listers currently live in the neighborhood, including Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Levine, and Jennifer Aniston.
According to Radar Online, Barbara County Undersheriff Craig Bonner stated:
“We’ve had some problems with professional burglars coming into the Montecito community. We want these cameras up and running as quickly as possible to capture these folks as they come and go from the area.”
Bonner also stated that the content of the cameras would be deleted every 30 days unless an investigation requiring the footage occurred.
In June 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan moved to Montecito in the hopes of living quietly and privately. The estate has nine bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, a spa, an outdoor pool, and a tennis court.