Meghan Markle and Prince Harry plan to sell their Californian mansion

A royal source has confirmed the couple are unhappy with the location of the house

Harry and Meghan in New York 2021
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They moved into their California mansion in July 2020, when they left the UK, now Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry could be moving out of their nine-bedroom mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who issued a powerful statement after The Mail On Sunday lost its privacy battle last month, moved to the US two years ago, and famously quit the royal family last year.

And though they have integrated into US life comfortably, and even boast celebrity neighbors including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Barrymore, and Patrick Stewart, the couple are planning to sell up and leave. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who shared the first picture of Lilibet last year, spent Christmas at their home in sunny Santa Barbara, but this year could see them moving.

Talking to the Daily Mirror a source close to the couple said, "They are thinking of selling their house there. However, it won't be on the market because of who they are. It's only being shown to people who are confirmed with funds and are serious buyers."

However, the couple won't be going far, with the source adding, "They want to stay in the neighborhood or nearby but they aren't over the moon about the house and the location."

Harry and Meghan's current mansion, which is 18,000 square feet, and set on five acres of land has a huge nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms. 

The mansion is also said to have all the luxury amenities you could wish for—including a library, an office, a chic, Italian-looking wine cellar, a games room, a movie theatre and a covered garage with space for five cars.

While the house also has a spa, complete with sauna and a gym. Outside they also have an enormous outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a tea house (how very British) and even some lovely tiered rose gardens. 

Sarah Finley

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